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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  1. #21
    mountaingoat's Avatar
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    Freezing cold sleeper. So cold that sometimes I wish I was fat to help me stay warm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BillyBob58 View Post
    ... I had my fairly new NF Cat's Meow bag with a Pertex Endurance shell(WPB). Normally rated for 20F, but due to the windproof shell the rating had been boosted to 15F.
    ...
    So, was this a case of the Cat's Meow bag not at all living up to it's rating- as all my NF/Marmot bags had done in the past even under the stars? Or was it me becoming more cold natured as I got older? ...
    The North Face has historically not had any standard way of testing their sleeping bags. Those ratings are just a rough guess on their part. I have TNF equipment, including sleeping bags. This is my opinion based on some comments I have read from TNF engineers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mountaingoat View Post
    Freezing cold sleeper. So cold that sometimes I wish I was fat to help me stay warm.
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    I'm a pretty warm sleeper most of the time. The only exception is that my feet can get cold if the footbox is skimpy, so I wear warm or double socks if the temperature is near the rating. With a hat on, I can go 10 degrees lower than the rating of any of my sleeping bags in complete comfort.

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    While I don't have extensive experience with hammock sleeping, I have backpacked and camped for years. That being said, I too am sleeping colder as I age (45). Another factor I consider is the type of insulation. I find a 20 degree sleeping bag with down will work for me well into the 50's or even 60's depending on humidity. Whereas a synthetic bag has a very narrow sweet spot for me. At home I would rate myself about average, in the field on the cold side....2 cents
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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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    As long as drafts are kept out, down SBs used as top quilts and even a true (HG) top quilt for comparison and standardization will keep me warm to at least 15F below their rating. But, sub-freezing drafts [I]are chilling.[/]

    The other proviso is that the foundation, the UQ, must be adequate and draft free. To test that further, temps will have to go below 10F, where a 20F rated HG UQ and 20F-rated TQ have taken me.

    So, I'll rate myself a warm sleeper..........placing a high value on keeping cold drafts away.

    This survey comes on one of the three historically coldest days of winter in much of the northern hemisphere. Not this winter, though, where the low a few nights ago was 51F, 30F warmer than the average low for night.

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    not sure

    I am not sure yet, because i have yet to hammock camp.

    I used to be pretty warm but lately have really felt cold a lot more of the time. (at work, home etc) So it sure makes it hard to figure out what kind of TQ & UQ's to get.
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    I'd say it depends on the circumstances, wind and so on. I find when I am exhausted, or spend all day wet in my kayak I tend to sleep colder than if I had a rest day. But I always take gear rated higher than needed. For a kayak trip I would always take gear rated at least 5-10*C warmer than the coldest temp I expect to encounter.
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    I am a cold sleeper, but if I am not sleeping I am warm and in the mornings I warm up quick as long as I get my feet warm! I am new to hammocking so I am too figuring out what gear works for me but I have found out that I can sleep with nothing but a PL as a top quilt to rougly 65. I need my 0* sleeping bag but no under insulation to about 45-50, then I have to pull out the HHSS and use the 0* sleeping bag vented to 32. below that, I need to use the 0* bag partly vented and full HHSS bc I think my under insulation isn't at par with my top insulation. To you experenced hammockers, any ideas?
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