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pastorjsackett
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02/25/2017 09:39AM
Out on our first trip a few weeks ago, we did get cold at night....

Any suggestions?

I'd rather not get up hourly to feed a stove!
 
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02/25/2017 10:56AM
Bottom is a Thermarest "Z Rest" pad
Next is a Thermarest Camp Rest pad
-20 degree bag
The sleeping bag is tucked inside a US Army surplus GoreTex bivy bag.

It has to be pretty cold for the bivy to be used.

A pair or two of heavy duty wool socks and a balaclava. If it's real cold I'll wear a full face thingy majigger with only holes for my nose and eyes.
02/25/2017 01:36PM
In a cold tent, on the ground. Big Agnes Pomer Hoit 0 Degree Down with an Exped Downmat 9. Wearing a full set of light weight merino longjohns, glove liners, and a balaclava, good to single digits below 0.


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billconner
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02/25/2017 04:46PM
Eureka Timberline Outfitter, Expeditious DLX9, an older LL Beans synthetic rectangular rated -20 (snicker) outter bag when I bought it, a Marmot Plasma 30 inner bag, a Sea to Summit Reactor liner, a wool blanket for my arms since I sleep on my stomach with arms crossed under head, flannel pajama bottom, a Carhartt top, a hat or balaclava, and - the most important part - REI down booties. Has served me well to -20. Always toasty, hate to get up in the morning.

PS - I don't wear day cloths in bag and vice a versa and hang up or air sleep clothes and bags.
bobbernumber3
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02/25/2017 05:23PM
Roll-a-Cot, Exped DownMat 9 LW (long and wide), down mummy bag inside rectangular synthetic bag, long johns and top, sleeping hat, and socks or booties if it is cold. Love the comfort of the cot which helps wrap the Exped up around me. And the extra storage below the cot is handy.
pastorjsackett
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02/25/2017 08:23PM
Thanks! Great info!
SevenofNine
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02/25/2017 09:14PM
I use an Exped down mat 9 with a reflective blanket under it. An old oversized Quallofil bag rated to -20 (not) that weighs a ton and doesn't compress much. Inside that I have a North Face cat's meow that is also a synthetic. I wear a wool balaclava, medium weight synthetic long johns from REI, expedition wool socks from Smart Wool, and wool glove liners.

I've tried the -20 bag alone with a silk liner at -20 and I wasn't comfortable so I need the other bag.

If I'm still cold I can throw on a synthetic hood made by Enlightened equipment and I would throw a coat over my bags as well.

I would like to try a down 0 degree bag topped by a 20 degree quilt and see where that gets me but I haven't had the chance.

Best of luck to you on getting a warmer system.
OBX2Kayak
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02/25/2017 09:15PM
Warbonnet Blackbird hammock with Jacks - R - Better minus 20 degree underquilt and Warobonnet zero degree top quilt. Very comfortable down to minus five degrees. Never tried it colder. When needed, a canvas hammock sock adds about 15 extra degrees of warmth.
Jaywalker
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02/25/2017 09:19PM
I'm currently using a double bag system. On the bottom I have a Z-rest, then Exped Downmat 7. I sleep in my base layer and a hat inside my Marmot 20°F bag, then use my now 40 year old Northface 20°F bag over the top like a comforter. Over the top I've used a light fleece liner like a bevy to help keep moister out of the bags with fair success. Last 4 trips have only bottomed out around -15°F and I've been comfy and figure I could go another 5-10° colder, maybe a bit more. I'd love a nice -20 bag or better, but not on the priority list yet.
Campcraft
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02/25/2017 10:42PM
Refletix layer on the bottom
Downmat 9.
Wool blanket slip cover on Downmat.
Feathered Friends down sleeping bag.
pastorjsackett
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02/26/2017 06:35AM
All of these responses have given me a lot of food for thought.

Thanks everyone!
02/26/2017 11:14AM
15° BA park outer bag Westren Mountaineering zero degree inner bag (used a 15° BA encampment before last winter as my inner bag)
1/2" closed cell foam and downmat 9 deluxe in the BA outer bag.
Homemade over bag- mostly to keep my clothes and stuff near.
Neck gaitor and fleece hat and set of long underwear on my body and wool socks.- mukmates over wool socks if the night is -10° or less for temps.

For folks testing sleep systems- bring chemical (tear open to activate) hand warmers or the therma care back care heating adhesive pad as a back up if you can not stay warm. (No sense being miserable). But give some time before using- often you will warm up. I would never consider a warm water bottle as a failure of it's seal, has disastrous results. They work great for those who have poor circulation in the feet.
TuscaroraBorealis
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03/11/2017 08:37PM
Mnpat
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03/11/2017 09:16PM
Exped mat with a marmot never summer 0 degree bag. I also have a fleece liner for when it's cold and helps keep bag clean. In a cold tent I have slept in weather colder than -20 To many times to count. The marmot bags are en rated so it's a true 0 degree bag. I've seen other brands that aren't en rated and they are a joke. Half the loft same rating.
Wheeldog
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04/25/2017 07:37AM
Just get some apocalypse design gear (made in Fairbanks Ak) go figure, its cold up there, and a wiggys sleeping bag to put under you. Never got cold even at -40s during either of my Iditarods. And I almost never had to get in the bag.
SteveElms73
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08/31/2017 09:19AM
I have an old tent tarp that I put on top of the snow, then on top of that goes a felt moving blanket (I cut a full blanket in half and it fits great). On top of that goes a Thermarest Mondoking (it's huge and bulky but it's got an R value of 11 and is luxury!). My bag is a Feathered Friends Snowy Owl which is amazing for cold weather..... I've used this set up in Algonquin at temps down to -30 celcius and have been quite comfy...

 
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