Aug 11, 2010 at 8:15 pm #1262158
I have switched from a 15 degree down sleeping bag to a MYOG climashield quilt this summer, which has decreased my base weight by almost 1.5 lbs. I would rate my quilt at about 45 degrees with no clothes. On my last trip in the mountains I had to wear my puffy top under the quilt on a ~35 degree night, which is exactly as I had planned to use this quilt.
Unfortunately I historically have used my puffy as a pillow, and I had a hard time sleeping without something under my head. My rain jacket was not a particularly good substitute. So while I was warm, I was not comfortable.
I know that a lot of people don't carry any more clothes than they need and often wear their clothes to sleep in. What do you guys use as a pillow when you are wearing all your fluffy layers?Aug 11, 2010 at 8:36 pm #1636905
Montbell inflatable pillow with a Buff as a pillowcase. A couple of ounces is worth a no hassle good nights sleep to me.Aug 11, 2010 at 8:39 pm #1636907
I use a Thermarest Lite Seat. When using my frameless pack it serves three functions: frame support for the pack, sitpad, and a pillow.
For the pillow, this is what I do: When fully inflated I open the valve, then fold it in half and rest my head on it until the firmness is right where I want it. Then I close the valve. It keeps its shape really well, so it actually has a little depression that cradles my head nicely.Aug 11, 2010 at 8:45 pm #1636909
@bcrowellLocale: Southern California
Personally, I wouldn't want to sleep in the pants, shirt, and socks that I hike in. The pants and shirt are sticky with sweat, and the socks are usually wet by the end of the day. For sleeping, I change into long johns and clean socks. This frees up the daytime clothes for use as a pillow. Stuff sacks can be pretty darn light, especially if you're willing to pay for cuben.Aug 11, 2010 at 9:10 pm #1636919
I ran into the same problem at some point and turned to the Granite Gear "pillowsack," which they also seem to call a "dreamsack." You can use it as a stuff sack for your quilt (if you use a stuff sack) during the day and stuff your pants and other odd clothing pieces in it at night. It's only 2oz and I like the feel of the fleece since I'm a back/side/face sleeper.Aug 12, 2010 at 3:24 am #1636948
I use one of those inflatable pillows from here (the twin one) and wrap whatever clothing/cloth that is not hanging out … my pack is usually undr my feet and day clothes are generally hanging up to dry or destink… and while wet kit is sometimes available it is too small to be a comfortable pillow.
I agree that comfort is a big thing as I get wiser!Aug 12, 2010 at 1:29 pm #1637058
@sbhikesLocale: Santa Barbara (Name: Diane)
I use my fold my hands like in prayer and use them for a pillow. Also, I have used my pack as a pillow or a book if I've brought a novel. Or I sleep on my back.Aug 12, 2010 at 4:05 pm #1637091
@tenderpawLocale: Lake Tahoe
I read once here about someone using a water wing as a pilow. I went out a got a pair for 1.99. You cut it in half where the two inflatable sides are seam sealed. You now have a one ounce pillow for 1 dollar. It can also be used as an emergency water container.Aug 12, 2010 at 7:27 pm #1637143
I have made a few of those water wings pillows. I used to wrap some clothing around them and put them inside a stuff sack.
On one or two I glued some foam to it as well. Not bad at all. (particularly value for money)
Now I use the Montbell pillow.
FrancoAug 13, 2010 at 9:20 pm #1637368
everyone for the input.
I will try the water wing pillow this week, as I can readily get one for cheap. I was hoping not to have to spend a lot (any?) money on a pillow solution, but it seems that a lot of people are using dedicated pillows, which I think is probably the direction I will go. Unlike some of you who responded I always hike in shorts or nylon pants and also always sleep in them. And my socks smell bad enough to avoid using them as a pillow, though maybe inside a stuff sack would be ok. I probably need a real small stuff sack to achieve a thick enough pillow, do you all really get enough loft putting clothes in a quilt size stuff sack?
Just trying to avoid bringing an extra layer solely for use as a pillow.
Has anybody tried sleeping on water containers? I tried my platypus out the other night at home but it is really krinkly and kind of annoying.Aug 19, 2010 at 12:09 pm #1638734
@valsharLocale: San Francisco Bay Area
I don't care for air mattresses or pillows, but works for me is putting my shoes under my bivy bag as a pillow.
I then might take a stuff bag with my windshirt, which I don't like to sleep in (too humid/vapor barrier clothing like), rain mitts, gloves, etc….and put it under my head in the bivy.
Gives me the elevation that I need.
I am a back sleeper and I sleep like a dead log, so I don't move much and I sleep in my hiking clothing.
I do find that the BPL Green Hoodie gives me extra warmth wtih the hood on and eliminates the yucky feeling of skin against a plastic stuff bag.
It is what works for me….hope it helps.
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