Warmer quilt/sleeping bag required?

Posted by: hikerduane

Warmer quilt/sleeping bag required? - 01/24/17 02:05 PM

I don't know about anyone else, but I seem to sleep colder the last couple years, needing to sleep in long underwear, shirt. Too bad I have some nice bags, can use my WM Caribou bag for car camping and then use a EE quilt I have for bping. 63 now, retired 10 months. Also, being outside most days, seems colder these days.
Posted by: Glenn Roberts

Re: Warmer quilt/sleeping bag required? - 01/24/17 11:23 PM

I've noticed that too - I suspect they've cheaped down the bags, don't you? smile

Actually, for about the last 5 years (I'm 67, soon to make the conversion to Fletcherheit, for all you fans of Colin) I've been cancelling trips in weather where the overnight temperature is predicted to be below 25. I just don't enjoy it the way I used to - particularly the sitting around in a chilly camp before bed. (I've partly solved that problem: I use the Thermarest bags that attach to the pads; put the pad with bag in a chair kit with the foot extended rather than doubled under like the instructions say, and it can be pretty cozy sitting.)

Perversely, I find that spring, summer, and fall hiking in an all-day rain, and making camp in the rain doesn't bother me the way it used to. Go figure.
Posted by: hikerduane

Re: Warmer quilt/sleeping bag required? - 01/25/17 12:19 PM

I won't start in a rain, but will be if it is supposed to rain. Some. Temps after about 3 o'clock seem to hit home in a hurry. I've been out already this winter in mid 20s, going out tomorrow, should be in the teens. Going solo, not much to do around camp, so last trip I started late afternoon and paid for it by fixing dinner with my headlight, no big deal, only 530 by then. The group I used to do trips with seem to have dispersed some or do fewer BP trips. Need to find fresh blood. Hope to get another dog this Spring, company really helps.
Posted by: toddfw2003

Re: Warmer quilt/sleeping bag required? - 01/26/17 09:45 AM

i guess none of you live in Houston lol
Posted by: antique41

Re: Warmer quilt/sleeping bag required? - 01/29/17 03:46 PM

It may be age. I notice that after my quad by pass, I can't tolerate cold as well as I have in the past. Almost froze at 30 degrees in Virginia last year using a Marmot Pounder Plus. Am hunting a warmer bag for this year. Am 76.
Posted by: hikerduane

Re: Warmer quilt/sleeping bag required? - 02/07/17 11:15 AM

Even washing my hands at home with well water, gets me now. I don't know if I'll be able to handle dip's in a creek or lake in Oct anymore in the Sierra.
Posted by: BrianLe

Re: Warmer quilt/sleeping bag required? - 02/08/17 12:55 PM

Rather than buying a new bag, you could consider getting a summer-weight down quilt and just layer that over your existing bag. As a bonus, then you have just the quilt for some activities; can be comfy to use even at home. I keep mine in my emergency "if an earthquake or something bad happens" kit as a light and low volume "better than nothing" sleeping bag, but can pull it out for warm summer trips or to layer with my 20 degree bag for winter trips.

Just have to make sure the light quilt is sized large enough that it can connect and stay in place over your existing sleeping bag in a way that allows the latter to still fully loft.
Posted by: toddfw2003

Re: Warmer quilt/sleeping bag required? - 02/08/17 06:47 PM

maybe you should try looking at a warmer sleeping pad. that would make a huge difference. to be cheap you can put reflectix on top of your existing sleeping pad or something like a Neoair Xtherm
Posted by: hikerduane

Re: Warmer quilt/sleeping bag required? - 04/09/17 07:33 PM

I have a Xtherm which I use with Gossamer Gear sit pad and torso length closed cell pad. My usual winter bag may just need to be washed, not sure when I last washed it if ever. I use a silk liner also and go to bed more often now with more clothes on. Just got a pup, so should be warmer now.