View Poll Results: Do you sleep hot, cold, or average

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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 kinda both… it depends on the night.
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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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    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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    Well thus far, the poll results are showing one thing...gear manufacturers have thier work cut out for them when it comes to rating their products. Has anyone ever devised a reliable way to standardize temperature ratings to remove the variable of different body types?

    My wife is a cold sleeper. Her feet are like ice, and she tends to burrow them under my legs at night. I rather enjoy it, because it cools me down. I have a feeling she will be using my winter quilt as a 3 season this year.

    I have yet to get CBS, but I did my due diligence, researched on here, and started with a CCF pad out of the gate when I first started hanging. I won't even take bottom insulation with me if nighttime lows aren't expected to be below 60, and even if I do take it, I don't use it until it hits 50. I'll fidget into my sleeping bag above 50 degrees, if only to help block the wind.
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    after a year of hanging i have no idea! i didn't had a thermometer until recently... when i can't sleep i always think it's either my own fault in setting up or being too excited for 'being out there' - but when i am tired i will sleep. i use a 3s jrb mw3c uq + shenandoah most of the time. i was awake more often because it was too hot (86f nights) than too cold, so i voted average to be on the safe side (of cold) even though i slept great with a single wool blanket ($4 from an op shop) just last week.
    edit: compared to my wife i am definitely a warm sleeper by far
    Last edited by kobold; 01-19-2012 at 07:05.

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    I'm absolutely on the cold side - My 20 degree UQ and TQ will usually only take me to 35 or 40, but some of that is inexperience using a 3/4 UQ and proper layering. Working on that this winter....
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