First Piece of Gear, Yay!

I got my first piece of gear today!! So exciting! ^_^

Since I’m still obviously gear hunting, I won’t delve into much other than sleeping bag and comfort.

So, I don’t know about you, but once the temperature starts getting below 70 degrees, my butt is cold. I do not like the cold, says Sam I am, and Diamond agrees whole heartedly.

At first, I was going to try and say I could do without on some of the warmth. I thought about it. Then magically my air conditioning started working in my room and, as I huddled under my blankets, I kissed that idea good-bye full fledged on the mouth and shivered myself to sleep.

So, with that said, I went looking for a 0 to 15 degree bag, preferably down. Ironically enough, the bag I found had already been on some parts of the Appalachian Trail and came from someone whose name was also Diamond! You know, that just doesn’t happen too often so I messaged the man. We discussed the Nemo Nocturne 15 degree down bag before I decided it was worth buying.

Deciding factors:

  • Warmth
  • Comfort
  • Space
  • Water repellant
  • 2 lbs 4 oz
  • And dare I say it, it’s fluffy

From a lot of the articles I’ve seen, most people seem very concerned with weight and compressibility, rightly so, but to the point where they’re willing skimp out of the small things in their sleeping systems (like degrees which could be the difference between warmth and hypothermia) and shelters. Now, I’m a very simple person and not that difficult to please but I know where my comfort level is. One is warmth. Two, I know that I have a hard time getting to sleep. Some nights it takes hours before I drift off for maybe four hours and that’s on a bed.

I’m familiar with down and I tend fall asleep a little quicker snuggled up in it verses synthetic where the noise drives me nuts.

I know I will be out there for a good five or six months, hiking in cold temperatures as fall turns the leaves gold, red, and brown. If something like this helps me out in sleeping at night, then I’m going to do it.

Can’t wait to test it out on a weekend camping trip.

Until the next time, happy trails ^_^


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