any changes to your sleep system of late?

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  1. mtwarden

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    after my bison hunt I changed things around a bit, unfortunately all added weight :4:

    I upgraded to a Xtherm Large (from a regular), the 25" width and longer length will be very welcomed (+6 oz)

    I also bought a larger S2S Aeros pillow- again regular to large- just a small hit on that ~ 0.5 oz

    I'm also adding a 25x72x 1/8" ccf to go under the inflatable- adds a little r value, but mainly for protection from unseen sharpies (floorless tent) (+3 oz)

    about a 1/2 lb additional, but a little more performance and more than a little additional comfort :)
     
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    I just received today a slightly padded Mylar blanket to use as a ground pad or in a hammock. I hope to test it soon.
     
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    I have had an Enlightened Equipment down quilt for a while now, but had a chance to use it for the first time when I backpacked into the Superstition Wilderness for a 3 day Coues deer scout trip this past weekend. I had been using a Marmot down mummy bag for many years. The first night I set up in haste in the dark and didn't get all the straps, snaps, and clips figured out, so it was a bit drafty and chilly. The next two nights I had it set up correctly, and I must say I really like it! A good weight savings over the full bag, although it is also not rated quite as cold as the bag. I probably would have been too hot in the bag. I am still loving the luxurious comfort (relatively, of course, compared to my bed :) ) of my Big Agnes Q-Core SLX long/wide!

    Edit: For a pillow, I have a Cocoon pillow of some sort. I do not like it. It is slippery, and noisy, and whatever part of my head that is touching it gets sweaty. I need to do something different, I have heard good things about those S2S ones.
     
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    that's a great idea with the 1/8" foam pad for added protection

    when i bought my xtherm i thought about getting the large and maybe one day will..... i'm a side sleeper and keep rolling from one side to the next and on my last trip i kept waking up to roll over so i wouldn't roll off... lol

    the pillow is a never ending journey for me.... bad neck makes it hard to find a comfortable pillow. i even started down the road of making one of my own.....
     
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    I just got a Kelty cosmic down bag to add to the mix. Savings measured in pounds over the MSS setup I have been using. That and the wiggys all still have their place, but the older I get, the heavier they all feel.
     
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    Yeah, complete new setup with a Enigma 20° and XLite. I should be taking them on their maiden voyage soon, they've been sitting around for too long now :(

    Not sure how much I like the XLite, it's noisy. I'm hoping it gets quieter like some claim, but I tried to artificially break it in with no success.
     
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    I finally took my sleeping bag to the laundromat after some number of years. Added a couple inches of loft. Also before I did that I repaired a torn seam so I wouldn’t wake covered in down.
     
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    I finally bought a hammock and 3 under quilts to cover all seasons.

    I’m not sure I like all the extra guy lines, adjustments and extra stuff though....
     
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    I am always working on my winter kit. I love the Xtherm. I have a large. To me the added weight is worth it.
     
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    yeah, I added Ambien... :24:
     
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    I sympathize. at first I was uncomfortable with the extra steps vs a tent but now I won't go back to sleeping on the ground. after a few times setting up and taking it down, it becomes second nature.

    I was initially drawn to hammocks because of the ability to use it as a chair/lounger in camp and to use my hiking sticks to raise one side of the tarp like a porch. this lets me do everything I want to do (cook, read, relax, trim my toenails...), and keep all my gear under cover of the tarp regardless of the weather.

    it's mo betta that way...
     
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    I picked up an REI -12°/10° down bag. I was tired of waking up shivering in my old Kelty 0° bag every time the temps got down anywhere near freezing. Shaved 3 lbs off the weight of my old bag, and far too much off my savings account... I’m hoping a good bagliner and a bivy bag will allow me to use the REI bag in early/late winter, when the nighttime temps hover around -18°/0°...

    Getting older now, if I’m to keep going, things need to be lighter and warmer...
     
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    I resemble that remark;\ :)
     
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    Where did you fined CCF in those dimensions? Sounds ideal.
     
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    unfortunately not made anymore - was from Lawson equipment, he had them made for a couple of years

    Gossamer Gear sells 1/8", but only in 20" wide- they also selling a 1/4" ccf pad that's 40x60 that's pretty nice, but sold out for the moment

    there used to be several places that sold a wide variety of ccf pads, but for some reason seems like no one is any more- possibly there is a commercial outlet for the stuff????
     
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    I'll give ya $1.50 for it!!!!! :14:
     
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    it's a collector's item now :4:
     
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    Changed from backpacking with a 3/4 length Thermerest Neoair XLite to a full length one. The extra comfort is well worth the few extra ounces. Been using a full length and slightly larger Exped pad for car camping for a few years now and sleep so well on that I wanted a full length pad for backpacking also.
     
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    I had the same problem with my Kelty. Talk about lousy temperature rating!
     
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    I didn't know there were Coues deer in The Superstitions. I thought you had to go much farther south.
     
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    There are pantloads of Coues deer in the Supes!! There are Coues north of the Mogollon Rim, and in the White Mountains, etc. See the distribution map below.

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    Picked up an enlightened equipment convert.
     
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    got a Helinox cot for elk camp. never going back to sleeping on the ground.....

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