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Jason Johnson
(etex9799) - F
Sleeping clothes on 10/09/2013 09:52:35 MDT Print View

What is the best material for sleeping in cold weather, as far as underwear. Merino is more for activity, right? Also, any recommendations for something really warm to for my kid to wear on her head while sleeping under tarp or possibly under stars?


Dean F.
(acrosome) - MLife

Locale: Back in the Front Range
Any base layer works for sleeping on 10/09/2013 09:59:49 MDT Print View

Any base layer- merino included- works for sleeping. If cold enough, wear an insulation layer. All the usual benefits and drawbacks of the various options apply.

For on the head- it depends upon the temperature. A fleece hat or balaclava if not too cold (below 40F?), but if it is very cold then a down or other insulated hood or hat. REI had a down hat once- I'm not sure if they still do. It was kind of thin, with a brim, though. Jacks R Better and Feathered Friends make down hats and hoods, as do some other manufacturers.

Or, use "sleeping clothes" that include a hood- a hooded merino top or hooded light down jacket. Dual use.

I've come to beleive in having hoods on my tops.

Edited by acrosome on 10/09/2013 10:01:17 MDT.

Richard Lyon
(richardglyon) - MLife

Locale: Bridger Mountains
sleeping clothes on 10/09/2013 10:18:30 MDT Print View

I use a merino hoody with a second layer if temperatures warrant. If it's much below freezing I'll add a watch cap too.

Jason Johnson
(etex9799) - F
Thanks on 10/09/2013 10:40:45 MDT Print View

for the hoody tip fellas. Was bout to pull the trigger on a top for her and will def good one with a hood. Love the experienced advice on BPL.

Stephen M
(stephenm) - MLife

Locale: The Deep Frreze
Re: Thanks on 10/09/2013 12:01:09 MDT Print View

I like uisng a Mec t2 hoody for sleeping in, it means I have one less hat to pack.

Richard Fischel
it depends on your camping style on 10/09/2013 12:56:02 MDT Print View

i tend to go out when it's cold (<20*f daytime), fairly light, for 2 or 3 days and typically no more than 5. for me, sleeping clothes are some combination of everything i've been wearing, starting with my base layer (which never comes off) of running tights (if cold enough to need the tights with my soft shell pants) and long sleeve drifit shirt, which would be followed by a the power stretch hoodie and the schoeller fabric soft shell pants (which seldom come off) i was hiking in. i do everything possible to avoid sweating (too much) into the clothing i'm wearing while hiking. the temp rating of the sleeping bag i’m taking is based on the assumption that i’m wearing my soft shell pants and power stretch top to bed. . i also have appropriate for projected temp top and (if projected very cold) bottom puffy insulation layer for around camp/rest stops that i can if need, but don't plan on sleeping in layer.

there are other combination/permutations of what i wear, but the above would be the template and is for the most-part, all thee clothing i'm brining.

for the kids hat i'm thinking something like an aviator/trappers hat with fold down ear flaps with intergrated chin strap. gives full head/ear coverage and is not as easy as some other hats to push off while sleeping. also doesn't cove the face, which some kids hate.

Edited by RICKO on 10/09/2013 13:05:18 MDT.

Rick M
(rmjapan) - F

Locale: London, UK
Re: Any base layer works for sleeping on 10/09/2013 15:08:28 MDT Print View


Edited by rmjapan on 06/19/2015 17:03:04 MDT.

Max Dilthey
(mdilthey) - M

Smartwool Rocks on 10/09/2013 19:41:55 MDT Print View

Been using Smartwool Midweight for sleeping since almost Day 1 of my camping life. I'm still on the same set.

michael levi
(M.L) - F

Locale: W-Never Eat Soggy (W)affles
iceb on 10/09/2013 20:28:09 MDT Print View

Merino 200 weight tights, legless, icebreaker. 5.4 oz. For me.

Edward Jursek

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Sleep,cloths on 10/09/2013 20:56:48 MDT Print View

I have a "light" set of merino for summer (Ibex Echo top and bottom) and a "heavy" set for shoulder season (Icebreaker 200 bottoms and Ibex Indie Hoodie top). Love them.

Justin McCabe

Locale: Southern California
Re: Sleeping clothes on 10/10/2013 11:13:07 MDT Print View

Pretty much what everyone else said, I love Merino, it tends to have less odor after a few days of body oils etc. My Patagonia Heavyweight bottoms don't smell appealing after a few evenings around camp.

Can't go wrong getting a puffy with a hoody, it provides so much warmth for the weight (one of the tips I picked up off of Skurka's book when I was reforming)

Ultralite Hiker
Synthetics on 10/10/2013 12:40:09 MDT Print View

For me, mid-weight merino is typically too heavy to carry as sleep wear. Not to mention, it is only worn for sleeping, so the no-stink properties are not all that useful. Also, the synthetics would dry quicker when washing (if you are on a longer trip). Lastly, merino is typically more expensive than synthetic counter parts.

Using Montbell as an example, a mid-weight baselayer weighs:

Synthetic (Montbell Zeo-Line MW) - 5.1 oz
Merino (Montbell Super Merino MW) - 6.7 oz

Again, this is for mid-weight baselayers. If you are using lightweight baselayers, the weights are closer to the same. You would then just be deciding if you want no-stink, or faster drying.

All of my long sleeve sleep baselayers are mid-weight. If it is not cold enough for a mid-weight layer (freezing or below for me) then I just wear the lightest short sleeve top I can find, and some Ex-officio briefs.

Edited by Ultralite on 10/10/2013 20:01:58 MDT.

Dave -
(FamilyGuy) - F

Locale: Up there
Re: Sleeping clothes on 10/10/2013 13:07:33 MDT Print View

"Or, use "sleeping clothes" that include a hood- a hooded merino top or hooded light down jacket. Dual use.

I've come to beleive in having hoods on my tops."

Agree with Dean F.

I sleep with a hooded synthetic insulated top with my quilt. For bottoms, just my underwear.

No extra clothing.