/ Cold weather sleeping mats
After a cold Friday night where the outside water iced over (would you guess its almost May!) and I only got to sleep after using my emergency space blanket wrapped around the lower two thirds of my sleeping bag, what would UKC people recommend for wild camping on what was really a '4 season' night, still keeping in mind weight considerations.
I have been comfy on my Synmat UL when the temp outside the tent was -3. Normally, if I feel cold I just wear my Rab Generator inside my bag.
I was wearing a RAB photon hoodie (and a merion t-shirt, light gillet & a Patagonia top as well).
Take a jacket off and wrap it round your legs? In real cold I sleep wearing baselayer and fleece and have my downy wrapped around legs with both feet in a sleeve. Means I can carry a lighter sleeping bag (as you've figured.) I use two karrimats though (I puncture thermarests too easily,) I don't think one is enough and my tent is a warm mountain one.
Ha! No way was I taking the jackets off to wrap round my legs! that was keeping my organs & torso warm. As you can see, I was waering all my clothes.
Thermarest Xtherm seems to be their nicest mat regarding weight and R value.
Get an overbag? Get a warmer bag? Presumably you wore all your clothes to bed, bring more clothes? (Down jacket with hood?)
Eat a big fatty meal before going to sleep?
Feet in backpack works a treat!
I'm thinking of down jacket with decent hood + vireo, dunno how cold I'll last in that though.
God! Why didn't I think of feet inside backpack! I had them on the backpack.
Exped Downmat 7 dlx. Nice.
It's generally warmer to use jackets as blankets inside a sleeping bag instead of wearing them. Don't ask me why - but many, many nights of experimentation have convinced me of this. Ergo, if it's baltic down jackets etc get dragged into my pit
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