The Bed – Equipment Debate Part 3
Do those two ever agree?
After 39 years of sleeping next to each other every night, we are used to being in each other’s space. But sleeping on a cold, bumpy ground in rain, wind, and dark changes things a bit. Good news is that changing to a 3-person tent provides more space, but the sleep systems are way different.
This is Sweatheart reporting on a big change in the blankie dept. For a decade I have used a Big Agnes three-season sleeping bag, and I have been grateful to have it when it got down to 49 degrees or below, but I recently traded in for a quilt. I have active legs at night, and the tuck-in part at the bottom of a sleeping bag is too confining! I found the EE 2 pound quilt, and gonna give it a shot! Gotta say, “It’s not you, Big Agnes, it’s me!” My tootsies don’t like being all confined! I’m hoping sometime in March when the weather allows we can do a “shakedown” and I can find out how warm this new quilt is! Oh, and folding sleep foam pad is OK for me. Light and easy.
Maureen – Big Agnes Mystic UL, size short
It’s Maureen and I like the Big Agnes system where the air mattress fits in the sleeve on back of bag. Prevents slipping and sliding. That was non-negotiable. Unfortunately, I spent so much time researching and second-guessing, the bag was sold out everywhere. Found it in stock at a cool outfitter in Livermore CA – Sunrise Mountain Sports. Heather was terrific, and the bag was sent cross-country in no time. Already tried and tested and it’s a keeper. Also, it’s a short bag and saves even a bit more space. Confined toes not a problem here, but warmth is top priority. Cushy air mattress is preferred – Sea to Summit Ether Light XT Insulated Air Sleeping Pad – Women’s. Don’t care if it springs a leak – I’ll get a new one. My sore bones are never gonna see a folding foam pad. Call me a lightweight, I don’t care.
Curious to know how other hiking couples deal with the sleeping situation. Any suggestions? And please don’t tell Maureen she should consider the foam pad…
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