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Old 01-14-2012, 03:56 PM   #16
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I am a wife who absolutely must be comfortable or else I will not go. We use Luxurylite cots with Thermarest pads on them. Our sleeping bags zip together and sometimes we use a fuzzy liner. This is almost as comfortable as our Select Comfort bed at home. If you pack the cots together they do not take up any more room than 1 cot. With this setup I prefer to camp because I know I will be more comfortable than if I was sleeping in a hotel bed. I plan to buy the Exped pads sometime in the future. We also use Sea to Summit self inflating pillows with padding, they roll up pretty small and you can adjust how much air you want in them. Good luck and have lots of fun.
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Old 01-14-2012, 07:43 PM   #17
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+1 on the LuxuryLite cots. Really comfortable.
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Old 01-17-2012, 05:43 PM   #18
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For sleeping pads, look into the Big Agnes Insulated Air Core pads. They pack down to 1/3-1/2 the size of a thermarest and are thicker (2.5"). The downside is you have to inflate them every day.

I've backpacked with my wife for over 20 years, and we just use separate sleeping bags instead of trying to make a bed for two. I like Big Agnes bags for the elbow room. I guess it sounds like I like Big Agnes stuff, and I do.

To be honest, I find a folded up wool army blanket as comfortable to sleep on as anything, but they don't pack small. -al
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Old 01-17-2012, 06:33 PM   #19
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Like the earlier post by Colomtnbiker, I too am over sixty amd have camped in all conditions from 10 below to 80 in the tropics. I will not try to advise you on the sleep system that is best, as conditions dictate that, but I will say that were I camping with a girlfriend in lieu of a wife, I would not hesitate to use a 40 degree bag in sub zero temps!
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Old 03-14-2012, 03:58 PM   #20
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Originally Posted by Seth S View Post
You can get sleeping bags that zip together for those nights when you want to be close to one another...and then they can unzip and work on their own....for those nights when its been 4 days since your last shower and you want some space Get a couple of good Thermarest air mattresses to go with them and their you go.

You can also look into "Swags" which are very common in Australia where it doesn't rain much. they are simple and can be fairly compact and waterproof as well.
+1 on 2 sleeping bags. Get 2 barrel type bags so they zip together around the outside. 2 mummy type bags will zip together in the center and its kind of a pain getting in and out and unzipping if its too hot. I wouldn't go for a comforter unless you're camping somewhere where its very warm at night as you're going to lose a lot of heat out the sides. Since you are sharing your body heat with 2 bags zipped together, you can probably go for bags that are slightly lighter than you would usually use. This will save space/weight.

2 sleeping bags are lighter, more compact and cheaper than buying one of those double sleeping bags made for 2 people.
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Old 03-16-2012, 03:49 AM   #21
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My 2 cents

We do about 80 camping/20 hotels on moto trips. When we were riding the ST1300, not a lot of room for stuff, we went pretty minimal with thermaresl lite mats, Flight series mumy bags from North Face 4C, fleece pillow case stuffed with clothing, and 2 P Sierra Design tent.

The kit sucked (for us) the profiled matts are very narrow and even in tight fitting mumy bags your arms flide off. Because they are so thin and our bags only rated to 4C we were always cold. The tent was fine but very cramped with the gear in and the tank bag.

I sold the lot, only kept the tent for hiking trip.

Our new set:
2 Exped mats DownMat 7LW I put small velcro strip to stick them together and its a queen size bed rated -24C, very comfy

2 Marmot Sawtooth Membrain (wide mumies zipable together),173

1 3P MSR Holler tent 3.5 season. Great also b/c you can use the fly with the foot print just as shelter so good for a day at the beach, etc...

2 nemo pillows

2 silk inserts (pack very small and great if weather is really warm, or if your caught in a crappy motel and don`t trust the mattress

The whole kit packs suprisingly small and fits well on the GSA (waterproof compression bags), I have Micatech panniers. Overall I think there is a 4.5 lbs difference from the original kit. None of these are cheap but we only paid full price for the tent $400.00. The Muta Hubba HP was our first choice but it`s for the European market and not sold in N.A. They sell the non HP model but it is mostly mesh so too breezy when cold and windy.

2 Monarch butterfly chair and your set, we opted for the chairs over the sleeping mats housing because they were too bulky

A couple of weeks of camping pays for the kit, and both of us are very very happy and rested in the morning, even on cold nights.

We looked and tried at Big Agnes mat/bag combos and were not happy with the limitation and the bulk of the kit. Lots and lots of tent choices.
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