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hey stomach sleepers on 04/20/2006 22:58:58 MDT Print View

If I am a stomach only sleeper who is looking for a bag (not quilt) does it make sense to only look at bags that do not have hoods?

James E Naphas
(naphas) - F
Re: hey stomach sleepers on 04/20/2006 23:22:24 MDT Print View

I'm a stomach sleeper at least some of the time, and I like bags with hoods. I just flip over with the bag, so the hood is over the back of my head and the opening ends up facing the ground or whatever I'm using as a pillow.

Of course, the corollary of how I use the bag means that I wouldn't get a bag that only has fill on the top, like a big agnes.

Erich Foster
(erichlf) - F
Re: hey stomach sleepers on 04/21/2006 11:58:16 MDT Print View

I am a stomach sleeper also. I have a hood on my bags. I actually like to have my face inside the hood. I am strange like that.

Roger Caffin
(rcaffin) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
Re: hey stomach sleepers on 04/23/2006 05:16:53 MDT Print View

> does it make sense to only look at bags that do not have hoods

You can lose up to 40% of your body heat through your head. Reckon a hood might be the lighest insulation around.

Hoodless bags are suitable for nights over 80 F.

Ken Helwig
(kennyhel77) - MLife

Locale: Scotts Valley CA via San Jose, CA
stomach sleeper on 04/23/2006 10:24:22 MDT Print View

I too am a stomach sleeper that tosses and turns all night (poor sleep ability, especially in the backcountry) that ends up getting my bag all tangled up. Funny though, when it is cold I tend to sleep on my back with everything sinched up. No problem.

Edited by kennyhel77 on 04/23/2006 10:25:03 MDT.

Erik Sund
(sundek) - F
Re: stomach sleeper on 04/23/2006 11:00:09 MDT Print View

I sleep pretty much like Ken, tossing and turning a fair bit, but favoring my stomach or side. My main bag is a hoodless bag (Feathered Friends Vireo) and it does quite well for me when combined with a jacket (which I would carry anyways) in the spring or fall or at higher elevations. It's also fairly important to have a good hat along. Depending on the weather, I may have a light merino cap, an Integral Designs Primalid, or even the Jacks 'R' Better down hood. Again, I'd already be carrying the hat anyways.

Roger's point about the importance of having insulation for the head is very important, however I wouldn't go so far as to say that hoodless bags are only good about 80 degrees. I like my Vireo and think it's great for many kinds of trips.

Scott Ashdown
(waterloggedwellies) - F

Locale: United Kingdom
Hey Stomach Sleepers on 04/23/2006 12:25:05 MDT Print View

I rarely use the hood on my bag for the original purpose of drawing up around my face. I find it so uncomfortable to sleep like that. Rather, I use the hood to keep my pillow in place and cinch it slightly around that to keep in steady. I always wear a hat though to keep my head warm.

Ken Helwig
(kennyhel77) - MLife

Locale: Scotts Valley CA via San Jose, CA
sleep on 04/23/2006 12:51:40 MDT Print View

agree that my hood is more of a pillow holder too.

RE stomach on 04/23/2006 16:49:04 MDT Print View

Thanks for all the opinions everyone. I think I will go with a summer weight hoodless bag and combine it with a hooded down vest. This will boost the temp of the bag and keep my head warm. Also I will have some insulation for around camp at night. I think I will be more comfortable with this type of setup. Thanks again people.