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  • I'm a "Hot" sleeper. My gear takes me to colder temps than what it's rated for.

    85 40.67%
  • I'm a "Cold" sleeper. I find that the temp ratings on my gear are a little exaggerated.

    77 36.84%
  • I'm an "Average" sleeper. Buying gear is easy for me, because the temp ratings are "just right".

    47 22.49%
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    Are you a hot, cold, or average sleeper?

    So, just out of curiosity, and because of all the "cold weather setup" discussions on here right now, I'd like to find out if most people consider themselves a hot, cold, or average sleeper. To determine this, I'm basing it off of real-world experience with "rated" gear, mostly from commercial suppliers. (This would also tend to infer whether manufacturers rate their equipment honestly). DIY gear isn't really "rated" by anybody other than the person making it, usually for themselves, but if you based it off of a temp rated product sold by a vendor, by all means, vote.

    If you tend to sleep comfortably in temperatures at least 5 degrees lower than your UQ/TQ/Sleeping bag manufacturer rates the gear for, you are a "hot" sleeper, like me.

    If you tend to get chilled in temperatures at least 5 degrees higher than your UQ/TQ/Sleeping bag manufacturer rates the gear for, you are a "cold" sleeper.

    If you tend to sleep comfortably right at the temperature the manufacturer rates their gear for, but couldn't go any more than 5 degrees colder, you are an "average" sleeper.

    Obviously, different manufacturers rate thier gear differently, and things like CCF pads, reflectix, socks, extra clothing, etc have to be taken into account as they aren't really "rated" for a sleeping temperature.

    I tend to use just a 40 degree sleeping bag as a TQ, and a 40 degree Phoenix as my 3 season setup. I wear shorts, hiking socks, and a t-shirt when I sleep, and have taken this setup to 27 degrees. I have to vent somewhat at 40, and I have to pull the UQ off to the side at anything above 55, but I don't think I'm near "the norm", so hence, this poll.
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    I'm mostly a hot sleeper. If I'm not feeling well, I tend to sleep more cold.
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    I've noticed the older I get the colder I am in general.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Streetgang View Post
    I've noticed the older I get the colder I am in general.
    +1

    I used to give off heat like crazy in my 20's and 30's, 40's it settled down and now in my 50's I rarely find the down quilt too warm. I guess I've learned to chill in recent years...

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    I reckon 'average' since I adapt very quickly to my surrounding area. Never paid too much attention to all the temp rating since I never really got cold.

    Well that is, I got cold sometimes but that was due to having a 5 mm thin pad below me when I went to ground with minus 8 (Celsius). Not the temp that scared me but the ground thing

    I have a sleeping bag rated to -40 (-40 F = -40 C ), just looking at it makes me warm. Haven't used it yet

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    Quote Originally Posted by Streetgang View Post
    I've noticed the older I get the colder I am in general.
    I can agree with this. I used to not want/like the heater in the truck blowing on me. I always kept it in the defrost setting. But the last few years, on a really cold morning I want it blowing on me. I seem to feel that I get cold more easily lately. I will find out tomarrow night, as I will be out in the hammock and the forecast is about the mid 20's.
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    I rate myself as ice cold! A 20 deg underquilt is comfortable to no colder than 35. This is with a full base layer and a fleece pullover.

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    I am a hot sleeper. I do not like others, even of the opposite gender, to touch me while I am trying to sleep, as it generates too much heat and I start to sweat. Sometimes, I use my 40* bag down to under 30*. I never seem to get cold before others are bundling up. Been that way all my 60 plus years.

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    Depends

    I voted that I'm and "Average Sleeper" but as other has posted, when my wife wants to snuggle up in the middle of the night (cause she's cold)... I can only take it for a short while before I get to warm.

    I'm still a noob, and got CBS the first couple times out, likely cause my UQ wasn't snugged up properly. I'm flying solo on this hangin' thing (wife has no interest) so my experiences thus far has been pass/fail.... but I grade on a curve.

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