Sleeping Bags, Pads & Cots

Why I Chose It

Seeping bags are usually rated 15 degrees lower than the temperature you would feel comfortable.  So, this 20 degree bag is probably good to about 35 degrees.

This is the ‘long’ version which is for meant for people 6’6″.  I”m only 5’11”, but after testing it, I think the ‘regular’ version for people up to 6’0″ would have been cramped.  The ‘long’ version weighs a bit more for backpacking, but it’s still under 3 lbs.  Synthetic down is also supposed to work better in wet climates.  I guess I’ll find out in the PNW.

Thoughts After Using

The estimates were pretty close for this bag being good down to about 35.  Any lower and I needed to use the indoor heater for short bursts.

Even though I move around in my sleep a lot, this mummy bag was roomy and I didn’t feel overly constrained at all.  It got thrown in the wash about once a month.  It probably didn’t need it that often though because it was pretty good at not retaining dirt and odors.

Why I Chose It

The dimensions of this cot are 80″ x 32″ x 18.7″ which is important because my sleeping pad is extra wide at 30″ and most cots are only 26″-30″.

The length is also perfect for any position in my tent (N-S is ideal for astral projection).  It was only $45 at Walmart.  I can’t find this specific model online, but similar cots go for around $80.  It could be a closeout item.  It’s the Rio Adventure XL in the blue bag with the Red Cross Logo.

Thoughts After Using

This was another cheaper Walmart item that I had concerns about durability.  So far, no problems though.

If there was one item I couldn’t have done without besides the tent, it was probably this cot. Other than the first night sleeping on the ground in my smaller tent, I didn’t have many problems.  The only times there were issues was when there was not a lot of level ground.

Why I Chose It

There are a lot of versions of the Klymit out there.  This is the insulated version with an R-Value of 4.4  (Above 4.0 is considered good for 4-season use).

This is also the ‘Luxe’ version which is 3″ high and 30″ wide.  I’m a side sleeper and roll around so that space is needed.  It’s also very quiet.  Some pads can make a crinkly noise when moving around.  It packs down small, weighs only 2 pounds and has a lifetime warranty.

Thoughts After Using

It took me a while to dial in my personal liking for the amount to inflate this pad to combined with air loss overnight as the temps dropped, but when I finally did I slept soundly.

I didn’t compare directly to a non-insulated version, but if the air level got too low I thought there was a significant difference in how warm I felt.

Why I Chose It

This is a utility sized pillow with measurements of 12″ x 18″.  It’s bamboo shredded memory foam and came free in a package with 2 queen pillows from a kiosk that Panda Life had at Costco.

I never used it until I did a test run with my sleeping gear and it seems about the perfect size.  I put it in a standard size pillow case and folded the extra cloth over and it worked great.  Weighs 1.0 lb, but might be bulky to hike with.

Thoughts After Using

I thought this pillow was about perfect.  Maybe it could be a fraction thicker, but that’s really grasping to find a flaw.

Didn’t have an opportunity to evaluate as far as backpacking.  I’m thinking it would superfluous though and a bunched up fleece or the like would be fine in a pinch.

Why I Chose It

Just a plain black sheet for sleeping when it’s too hot for the sleeping bag.  I’m sure it’ll come in handy for other things as well.

Thoughts After Using

During the months when it was warm this sheet did what I needed it to.  It also came in handy as an extra Windwall for the Alcove when I needed more privacy for showering or changing clothes.

Why I Chose It

I won’t be using a sleeping bag liner.  To protect my bag from oil and dirt and having to wash it too much I’ll be wearing a loose fit Under Armour shirt and shorts that can double as gym clothes.

During the winter I have a thicker base layer made by Paradox that they used to sell at Costco and you might still be able to find on Ebay for very reasonable prices.

Thoughts After Using

Not much to report with these.  I think I wore them until the temps dropped below 50 or so.

There was a Costco in Colorado that had something similar to the Paradox that I picked up along the way for colder weather. The brand was called 32 degree Heat and ran about $10 each for top and bottom.