Dressing Down!

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Perci117

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So, for years I've been under the impression that more layers in ya kip system is better.
How wrong was I!

Had a bit of a hammock camp in the snow recently, normal set up. Hennesy deluxe DD under quilt and a carinthia defence 4.

Used this system around a dozen times with success. But at around 5°c my bottom gets a little chilly and takes ages to warm up.

So a buddy suggested dressing down. Merino base layer n socks.
What a difference, was around the -1° mark and I was sweating.
Even after a wee break and climbed back in. Toasty again in no time.

Definitely changed my mind.
 

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Paul_B

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There's the risk that more layers of clothing compress the more efficient insulation in the sleeping bag. I find it warmer sleeping in just my underwear which might be long johns and base layer.

I once forgot my sleeping bag when staying in a static caravan one very cold late October. I tried sleeping in my down me light line and an extra fleece over the top. I was freezing. Then the fleece fell off and i was too tired and cold to put it back. I then fell asleep as I had warmed up just enough to sleep.

Now the only time I'll wear extra layers is under my down quilt as it's an xl size for my height but a us brand so too big around the girth. I can loosen it up so any clothing I want can fit under without air gaps or compression of the 900 or 950fp down.
 
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Perci117

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What did you used to wear before you got the merino base layer?
Issued stuff mate.

Now I usually wear ice breakers. Phenomenal,
There's the risk that more layers of clothing compress the more efficient insulation in the sleeping bag. I find it warmer sleeping in just my underwear which might be long johns and base layer.

I once forgot my sleeping bag when staying in a static caravan one very cold late October. I tried sleeping in my down me light line and an extra fleece over the top. I was freezing. Then the fleece fell off and i was too tired and cold to put it back. I then fell asleep as I had warmed up just enough to sleep.

Now the only time I'll wear extra layers is under my down quilt as it's an xl size for my height but a us brand so too big around the girth. I can loosen it up so any clothing I want can fit under without air gaps or compression of the 900 or 950fp down.
1st time doing it, definitely learn from it tho.
 
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MikeLA

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Was taught many years ago by a chap at glenmore lodge to never sleep with coats or much on. Usually a hat, socks, Helly Hansen top/t shirt and ronhills and untied trainers just in case you need to get out of the sleeping bag. Always worked.
 
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TLM

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If one goes to the bag with all clothes on straight from the cold there is quite a lot of warming up to do in the clothes themselves. If taken down to base layer only the inner liner of the bag.
 

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