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Topic - Adding warmth to my sleeping system

George Fisher - on 30 Oct 2012
I have a fairly old ME Lightline sleeping bag that is rated to -5. I get cold in it at about 0 to -2/3 degrees.

I use an alpkit slim airic mat only 2.5 cm thick (R2.5?) I have a thicker thermarest but its pretty bulky.

I'd like to do some winter camping/biviing. And want to improve my system.

I could go with a new bag like a snowline for about 300. Or a Exped downmat 9 (R8)for 115 or add a silk liner and a foam mat under my current mat for 50 ish (R??).

How much warmer is a Downmat going to be over my current mat? It's hard to put R values into degrees of comfort.

Any experience to share? Clearly I want cheap, warm and light, but I realise I can't have all of these. I'd like to be comfortable down to -10 ish.

Thanks


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