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2 sleeping pads?? (foam+regular)

Postby happymtnclimber » Sun Jan 27, 2013 7:24 pm

debating whether to bring a foam pad and my exped downmat 7 to winter camp on 14ers. what do you all do? thats what i did on denali, but i realize that its a bit warmer here. thanks for sharing your ideas!

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Re: 2 sleeping pads?? (foam+regular)

Postby USAKeller » Sun Jan 27, 2013 8:38 pm

What degree sleeping bag do you use? I just use the Big Agnes Insulated Air Core full-length pad and a 0-deg down bag and it works just fine for stuff here in CO.
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Re: 2 sleeping pads?? (foam+regular)

Postby TomPierce » Sun Jan 27, 2013 9:03 pm

OK, I'll be the heretic. I used only a single 4 season Thermarest on McKinley and did almost fine. I say "almost" because we were there for a couple of weeks (bad weather) and I think the moisture from inflating it eventually froze and caused some slow leaks. So on all but the last two days I was perfectly fine with the one pad. That was back in the day when Exped's were a twinkle in someone's eye. On those last two days I just laid out my clothes under my bag, which helped good enough, and it made my clothes toasty for dressing in the morning.

Scroll forward to the present day and I just use a winter-worthy Exped mat, the one with some down inside, and I do just fine in CO winters. But I also sleep with a balaclava on and at least long johns, sometimes more. I still tend to lay some clothes flat under my bag, but again that's just because putting on frigid clothes is a drag in the morning. Anyway, I sleep great, very warm.

Like USAKeller I've done fine over the years with one pad, but that's just me.

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Re: 2 sleeping pads?? (foam+regular)

Postby BillMiddlebrook » Sun Jan 27, 2013 10:27 pm

I do a fair amount of winter camping and use only an Exped Downmat 9. A bit heavy & bulky, but worth it IMO

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Re: 2 sleeping pads?? (foam+regular)

Postby BlueKhan » Sun Jan 27, 2013 10:33 pm

I'm not trying to hi-jack the thread but I'm just curious, anyone ever use their Big Agnes Q-core in the winter?

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Re: 2 sleeping pads?? (foam+regular)

Postby GregMiller » Sun Jan 27, 2013 10:51 pm

You might want to check out an earlier thread on the same topic:
viewtopic.php?f=4&t=38472
I've been alright with just my Big Agnes insulated pad, but I've picked up a foam pad (thermarest z lite sol) for the additional insulation and to have as a backup 'just in case'.
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Re: 2 sleeping pads?? (foam+regular)

Postby lordhelmut » Mon Jan 28, 2013 11:20 am

BlueKhan wrote:I'm not trying to hi-jack the thread but I'm just curious, anyone ever use their Big Agnes Q-core in the winter?


Yes - Q-Core is more than sufficient for sleeping on snow by itself in CO. They seem to geared more towards winter camping, as less of chance to pop, which is a problem I had with mine in summer. Damn comfortable piece of gear.

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