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Old 12-27-2002, 10:42 PM   #15
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Light weight jacket recommendation

Last year, I bought a Mountain Hardwear Windstopper Tech
jacket and it was the best $200 I ever spent on outerwear.

Go to http://www.mountainhardwear.com/ to read more
and read the reviews on http://www.outdoorreview.com

I was in MN this year and wore a Patagonia R2 vest under
my Mountain Hardwear Tech jacket and was very comfortable
down to 20 degrees.

LL Bean carries this Tech jacket also.

I'm a big fan of these fabrics, Polartec and Gore Windstopper.
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Old 12-28-2002, 03:48 PM   #16
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Bed Sacks

Before I knew that such things were available commercially, I made a double sleeping bag myself out of two comforters. Actually I just bought the comforters (imperfect ones that were inexpensive) and had an awning shop put in three zippers. The side zippers start about 12-18" from the top, and I had snaps put inside to hold the sheets in place. Nice and comfy :zz and the two pieces can be unzipped so they fit in the washer.

It wasn't any more expensive than buying a ready made bed sack and you can chose any color/pattern you want.:yep
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Old 12-28-2002, 05:24 PM   #17
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REI Sleeping Bag

Carol:

Here's a bag that works both as a sleeping and comforter:
rei.com
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Old 12-29-2002, 12:12 AM   #18
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What I do is put a bottom sheet on whatever my mattress is, right now a cushion but sometimes a thermarest with a couple of backpack foam mats, using a couple of those elastic bands with clips on the end under the mattress to keep the excess sheet under control.

In warm weather, I use a flat sheet just pulled over me. In cooler weather I use one or two fleece blankets. In cold weather, I use a 20F mummy bag, unzipped, as a comforter. Haven't needed to use the sleeping bag zipped up yet, but it's there and I also have a warm watch cap if I need it.

Pete and Rats who use the stuffing from an old pillow to feather their milkjug nest
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Old 12-29-2002, 10:57 AM   #19
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Thermarest

Pete:

How's the thermarest to sleep on and do you put on top of
a foam mat? Are thermarest mats worth the bucks?
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Old 12-29-2002, 12:53 PM   #20
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Thermarest

Tom,

I have recently begun packing into the back country with our mules and donkey. One of the first things i was advised by friends and members of Backcountry Horsemen of CA, who are seasoned wilderness campers, was to buy the best Thermarest i could afford. I found it a good investment (pricey though) BUT one thing i discovered if your sleeping bag is made of slippery material you may find yourself sliding during the night :). I found some fairly wide, firm (well, firmer than what is usually found in places like Walmart) shelf covering material at Costco. I cut a topper for my Thermarest from that stuff and found it helped stop the sliding problem. Figure i will use the rest of the huge roll of shelf liner to line the cabinets in the Casita. I don't use another pad under the Thermarest when sleeping in my little tent, just the Thermarest is sufficient. I don't plan to use the Thermarest in the Casita because i feel i need to keep my various types of camping supplies separate for ease of getting ready for trips and for keeping things organized in the their own niche. So it will be the Thermarest for packing and probably some type of feather bed for the Casita.

Roberta
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Old 05-10-2003, 11:47 AM   #21
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Reflective window covers

I noticed that Lowe's hardware store carries a roll of what looks like aluminum bubble wrap insulation, the same stuff they use for the reflective windshield covers. I think it was like $15 for a huge roll (enough to wrap the whole egg!). I was pondering lining window curtains with this stuff when i noticed the Camper's world catalog sells window covers made from this stuff. It looks like they use two layers with polyester fill and bias tape around the edges. They use Velcro to stick them up.

I am definitely going to experiment with this stuff. It will help keep heat out in summer and warmth in in winter, plus keeping it DARK inside so the birds sleep late in the morning. (Somehow they seem to think I WANT to know when dawn cracks. I almost never do)
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Old 05-10-2003, 11:53 PM   #22
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more Thermarest

Tom, in my mind the Thermarest was the greatest advance in (tent) camping
since the tent itself.

Despite the apparent thinness of the backpacking models, they provide
comfortable sleeping on all kinds of unpleasant terrain. They are thicker
than light-weight foam pads, and warmer than air mattresses.

The only tent bed I found better, was an air mattress with foam on top,
which was both bulky and heavy, but then we were car camping.
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Old 05-11-2003, 12:24 PM   #23
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We decided not to get a feather bed mattress cover for our trailer because we were told by people, who used them at a bed and breakfast, that they needed to be "fluffed" after every night of use to keep them, well... fluffy. We didn't want to be taking the mattress cover off every day and doing that. But what I hear you all saying is that one doesn't have to fluff it daily. If this is right, then we may get one, too.

Nancy
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Old 05-11-2003, 12:57 PM   #24
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Howdy, In our Boler on top of the regular cushions, which I couldn`t sleep on because I felt every ridge,I bought one of those egg crate foam 2 in. thick toppers and found that it was really great for my back......Benny
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Old 05-11-2003, 02:52 PM   #25
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THis thermo thingy bed?? how is it different from that egg crate thing Benny;s talking about? looks to me like foam is foam.
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Old 05-12-2003, 08:44 PM   #26
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Jana, if you are asking about the Thermarest, it is a self-inflating sleeping
pad - sort of an air-mattress with foam inside. They are principally used for
backpacking, since they can be rolled up fairly small but still provide, at
least in my mind, a comfortable bed.

You can get them in a variety of styles and sizes, and there are a number of
different manufacturers offering them (I think even Coleman has one).

The original Thermarest is made by Cascade Designs:
http://www.cascadedesigns.com/
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