Hey cold sleepers

Discussion in 'Sleeping Bags & Quilts' started by Clare, Oct 19, 2019.

  1. edh

    edh Thru Hiker

    Depends how cold it is.... and on you
    Allows flexibility.
    You can move about before settling down (sic) - vital for me.
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  2. Jamess

    Jamess Section Hiker

    I use down trousers and booties in the winter too.

    It means I don't need a heavier quilt and I'm warmer when moving around camp too.

    Think about other layers and not just about your bag/quilt.
  3. Taz38

    Taz38 Thru Hiker

    Wearing my insulated jacket (when below zero) made a real difference, hence I bought some insulated trousers and booties as well.
  4. Micksjoiner

    Micksjoiner Trail Blazer

    Thanks for the replys ,do you have links to what you use.
  5. Bmblbzzz

    Bmblbzzz Ultralighter

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  6. PhilHo

    PhilHo Thru Hiker

    Do you have underlay under or on top of mat?
  7. WilliamC

    WilliamC Thru Hiker

    I use underlay or similar under a Neoair Xlite or on top of a Klymit V mat. I find it's much warmer on top of a Klymit with a quilt, perhaps because it stops heat escaping along the channels. That doesn't seem necessary with the Neoair and it's more comfortable underneath.
  8. Enzo

    Enzo Thru Hiker

    I've enjoyed using down trousers, especially on socials. But if your a proper gram weenie the 200g are more efficiently used as down in your bag. Given long winter nights, I say poke efficiency.
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  9. PhilHo

    PhilHo Thru Hiker

    I bought a 1.5 x 2m piece of this for that purpose. It is a thin layer of foam with what looks like a very thin emergency blanket bonded to each side a bit like the stuff used to go behind radiators but more flexible than some of that I've seen. I got mine from Ebay for £5 delivered from China but the seller isn't on there at the moment. The whole thing weighs 200g and I plan to cut it into 4 50 x 150cm pieces, so 50g. It has some very thin material tape over the edge and sewn. I plan to put gaffer tape over the cut edge/s as I think the way the edges are finished is to stop the edges delaminating. There are suppliers on AE that have finished 75 x 200 pieces weighing about 100g if you can't be bothered cutting and finishing but I thought this was bigger than I wanted anyway.


    The link is to the same stuff on AliExpress for $5 delivered to the UK.
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  10. ZenTrekker

    ZenTrekker Section Hiker

    Grand Canyon Aluminium mat.jpg
    I bought something similar last year to boost my sleep mat, weighs 90 grams. Manufacturer reckons it has an R Value of 2, which I'm not sure I believe but it does add some insulation and its full length, so perfect under my torso length mat in the winter https://grand-canyon.dk/alu-compact-mat/alu/p/345

    Also available from Amazon for £7.00 https://www.amazon.co.uk/GRAND-CANYON-Aluminium-Compact-mat/dp/B003KO0J4A/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=Grand Canyon Aluminium Compact mat&qid=1574936650&sr=8-1
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  11. el manana

    el manana Thru Hiker

    Under a Neoair, enough to make it winter proof for me.
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  12. Patrick

    Patrick Trail Blazer

    I find this sort of thin reflective layer under a neoair very effective. I like to have the neoair quite soft and my hips are close to bottoming out. Without a reflective layer I really notice the cold under my hip, even in summer. With it it's fine. I just use radiator insulation, foil side up.
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  13. Bmblbzzz

    Bmblbzzz Ultralighter

    I'm rather in awe of people camping when it gets to 5 or below. For me it's not so much a sleeping bag matter, it's just the presence of all that cold air... I woke up this morning, at home, and could feel the cold air on my sinuses. It was 11.5, according to a random thermometer. OTOH back in September, camping with some friends in Warwickshire, the warm days were interrupted by one freak night when it got down to 1C and that felt fine with just a summer sleeping bag and synthetic liner (and summer, no, call them autumn, clothes).

    Anyways, I heard a tip from someone which I'll pass on though I expect it's well known: fill a tough plastic bottle (like a Nalgene-style bottle rather than a supermarket water bottle, though possibly a fizzy pop bottle would be okay) with hot water, put it in a sock or other suitable item and stuff it at the bottom of your sleeping bag an hour or so before going to sleep; but don't use a polycarbonate bottle as apparently they crack when the water contracts and forms a vacuum. I'd guess a metal bottle is toughest for this but probably uncomfortably conductive.

    Edit: The first paragraph isn't meant to suggest a summer bag is suitable for a British winter. There's a world of difference between an isolated cold night and winter.
    Last edited: Dec 3, 2019
  14. Heltrekker

    Heltrekker Ultralighter

    For cold camping, I have a ME Xero 300, comfort level -2. I normally sleep very hot, so just the bag with leggings and a t-shirt does me, but if it threatens to get a bit too parky, I put my Emergency blanket underneath the mattress (NeoAir Xlite) - makes a big difference. If it's going to get below -2, I keep my socks and down jacket on, but often have to start shedding layers once the sleeping bag's warmed up!!
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  15. cathyjc

    cathyjc Thru Hiker

    That's summer gear for me …...
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  16. Heltrekker

    Heltrekker Ultralighter

    Must be something to do with my extra blubber layers....:roflmao:
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  17. Bmblbzzz

    Bmblbzzz Ultralighter

    Belated and almost certainly superfluous postscript: Not PET either as that would melt.

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