Managing active layers/sweat to undedicate sleep layer
Jul 15, 2021 at 7:47 pm #3722050
I like having dry/clean sleep layers including a hoody in cool/cold weather when sleeping in my hood less bag, but it does cost some weight. Any advice on adding & removing an active hike layer (Peloton 97 or Cap Thermal weight) I wear over Cap LW? I’m interested in how others do this. How often do you have to stop, take the pack off, remove a layer? Or do you reduce your watts & open the zipper wide – is that often enough? If I stop taking my Montbell LW Merino crew sleep shirt, I don’t want a sweaty hoody to sleep in. I’ll keep the Peloton bottoms for sleep. Just seeing what others do if they don’t carry dedicated sleep hoody. Thanks.Jul 15, 2021 at 8:53 pm #3722053
I don’t often stop to shed a layer, anymore: I start cold and usually find out that I’m excessively warm within a short span of time.Jul 15, 2021 at 9:28 pm #3722056matthew kModerator
Same. If I wear layers once I start walking I’m overheating and have to stop within minutes.
I usually don’t bring dedicated sleep clothes.Jul 16, 2021 at 2:41 pm #3722122
Bonzo & Matthew, thanks! So Matthew, assuming you sweat plenty in your hiking shirt, & don’t bring dedicated sleep clothes, what’s your solution? Just let it dry on you while at the campsite then sleep in it, and next day/night repeat? Thanks again.Jul 16, 2021 at 3:30 pm #3722124
Not to point out the obvious, here, but: sleeping without clothing can be an option.Jul 17, 2021 at 2:49 pm #3722198
I use the Kuiu 97 hoody and pants as both sleep layers and mid-layers. Other than mid summer, they are a permanent addition in my pack.
I purchased the hoody first wanting something very light (5-ish oz) in fleece (and with a hood!). Within a couple of trips I was sold on it. I decided to give the pants a go, but was thinking the zip off feature was a little gimmicky and just added weight. I can tell you it’s not at all gimmicky and on those cold mornings leaving them on until it warms with the ability to shed them in a few seconds is pretty darn nice.
The fabric provides more warmth than the weight would belie, it’s comfortable against the skin, breathes well, dries quickly and it’s uber light- good stuff :)Jul 17, 2021 at 4:31 pm #3722203
Thanks Mike. Some of your posts encouraged me to look at them. I’m a fan as well. Agree about the zippers. When you use them as both mid layers & sleep clothes are you careful to manage the sweat or is it mostly a non-issue? I appreciate the Kuiu recommendation. Love the weight too. SteveJul 17, 2021 at 4:41 pm #3722205KarenBPL Member
I have to have a dry layer to sleep in. yes, it’s a bit more weight but worth the good night of sleep. I usually have a base layer where I live (it’s cold here at night, usually). For warmer regions, shorts and a T. Sleeping naked is seriously inconvenient in mosquito country.Jul 17, 2021 at 5:01 pm #3722210
my base layers are really thin (OR Echo) and they are usually bone dry by the time I hit the sack; if not, they dry quickly after getting in the bag/quilt- body heat makes short work of them wether it’s sweat or wet from rain/snowJul 17, 2021 at 5:22 pm #3722211matthew kModerator
So Matthew, assuming you sweat plenty in your hiking shirt, & don’t bring dedicated sleep clothes, what’s your solution?
I don’t have one solution that I always do. I usually sleep in normal (not long) underwear and a shirt or fleece. I have slept in my hiking clothing on many occasions because I’m tired and didn’t care.
If you do want separate sleep clothing, I’m pretty sure you’d have a hard time finding anything lighter than Terramar Thermasilk. I do have their long underwear bottoms and mine weigh 2.9 ounces in a medium. My large Macpac Alpha Direct hoody is 5.3 ounces and I think you could get a lighter one from a number of other makers.Jul 17, 2021 at 6:10 pm #3722215
Mike – I wear OR Echo too. I’m a little confused. So sure the sweat wicks away & the Echo dries great – but do you sleep in the Echo or the Kuiu? If you’re sleeping in the Kuiu, how dry is it? Thanks!
Matthew – is your (usual sleep shirt dedicated for sleep or no? And thanks for the recs on light sleep layers!
Karen – thanks! For sure, it’s easy to look forward to fresh sleep clothes.Jul 17, 2021 at 6:22 pm #3722216
if it’s warm- just the base layer, if it’s cool to cold, the Kuiu goes over the top- typically it’s cool to cold, so usually it’s the combination of the two
I’ll usually push my sleep system a wee bit and the Kuiu layers help in that regard. During the day if needed, they become my active layer.Jul 17, 2021 at 6:38 pm #3722217
Thanks Mike.Jul 17, 2021 at 6:54 pm #3722219
Sleeping naked is seriously inconvenient in mosquito country.
I can see that it would be if you’re in the open, or under a tarp with no netting…but assuming that you have a net/mesh layer between you and the parasitic outside world: what’s the issue? I’ve peeled all of the layers more than once on a hot night and not had any significant increase in mosquito issues. To be honest, it’s rather nice to sack out on top of the bag on a hot night.Jul 18, 2021 at 9:37 am #3722300
Mike – just wish the Velcro on my pack roll top closure didn’t eat the Kuiu so hungrily.
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