Alright, my wife worked late last night and stayed at a friends and I had the next day off of work. It's time to test my gear down to its extreme temperature.
Last time I tried this, (take 1), I had a different 1/2 bag, a different insulation bottom and used my Patagonia Flash R-1.5 instead of the insulation top.
I started the test at a damp from dew, 45*. After a cold hour and 20 minutes I had to bail.
Even with the change of gear, it was lighter than before.
I fell asleep on the couch for a while until the neighbors went to sleep. At 11:50 pm I set up camp and was bedding down by 12:00 with a temperature of 27*.
My 1st priority was to be warm enough to go to sleep. 2nd was to be able to stay asleep without freezing for 3 hours.
The ground was cold and knew it would take a lot of heat from my body to warm it up.
For the first 20 minutes the dogs did not go inside the house, (doggy door), but decided to wine and whimper.
They listen to me very well so I told them to go in. Bow Wow Wow Wow, out comes the neighbors hound dog barking and there other annoying yapper.
After they went back in, 1 of my dogs went in the house and the one in the picture stayed with me.
I could live with that, but it meant sharing the covers.
After another 20 minutes, out came my other dog which started yet another chain reaction with the neighbor's dogs coming out again. Bow Wow Wow, and Yap Yap Yap, again.
After they went back in again, it was time to put the dogs in the house and close the dog door.
One of my dogs knows how to open the dog door, so for the next 20 minutes I got to hear her trying in the background.
Finally I started to doze off.
The underside of my body had finally warmed up a little.
As far as warmth went from a 1-10, a 1 shivering and 10 as warm as I could want to be, my torso was a 7-8 and legs a 5-6.
The 1/2 blanket was working excellent in keeping my torso warm enough to even aid in keeping the rest of my body warm.
By now I was tired and was starting to node off. Right before I got to sleep, one of my dogs starts to bark in the house, which again triggers a chain reaction with the neighbors annoying dogs.
I had enough of this. As soon as the neighbors dogs went back into the house, I abandoned my post and surrendered to my house. I Checked the temperature before I went in and it was 25*.
The test was not a total loss as I am completely satisfied with the results I got out of it and I could have easily gone to sleep for 3 hours in 25* temperature.
I found only one item that needed to be tampered with.
The 1/2 blanket needs about 2" added to each side so I will be able to tuck it under my shoulders easier. It will stay as it is, but as soon as I move even a little bit it comes loose.