I also have one of these "sleep systems" and found it disappointing also. I figured it would be better. My big issue is that its not tall enough. The sleeping bags dont have any comfort (to thin). I camped out last night (prob low 30's but not freezing), and I camp a lot outside in unheated space. I am also big on being very comfortable while camping.
The setup i used last night was a nice cot to get off ground and then a zero rated sleeping bag similar to whats below. Thats comfy as all heck..its heavy and bulky..but every techie type bag thats super light i find just doesn't do it. I'm puzzled b/c if your not sleeping good whats the point. Now ifs its below freezing then what i start doing is layering sleeping bags. I have other smaller lighter duty bags that are also fairly poofy :D. I've used 3 before. I learned this from some guy in maine that lived in the woods for years (outlaw) so didn't want any fires. He used up to 7 to get through winter. Just like layering clothes ...keep adjusting till comfort is reached. Keeping my head inside when its really cold also makes a ton of difference! Good luck finding something that works...i got a military sleep system available if you want one 😉
19 Feb ’12
So here's my second weekend with the MSS.
Friday night, it was supposed to go down to low 40's. I used only the light patrol bag (30 degree rated) and the gortex bivy cover. I was wearing a base layer and wool blend socks. I didn't last too long before I bailed on the patrol bag and went to the intermediate bag (0 rated) and was relatively comfortable.
Saturday was mid 50's and I went back to the patrol bag. I was quite comfortable.
Overall the system is quite a disappointment, and I'm considering returning it.
And referring to Speedfunk's suggestion, I know I can layer them. I just prefer to try to be a little more compact. I have enough crap to haul as it it, without bringing a ton of sleeping bags to lug.
I do believe that was the guy! It was in some online newspaper. Was stealing stuff/gear from camps. We can learn something from everyone. ( not the stealing..although if your going to freeze to death i could have some understanding, as long as i'm not going to freeze to death also lol)
It seems we all were dissapointed by this sleep system. A great idea...just figured the military would have the good stuff! I thought i woulld like the ability to sleep outside in the rain if need be with the bivy...it does condense heavily though in really cold weather. I've had better luck with a tent (not setup) with screen on top and rain fly over that as a kind of tent blanket. THis way the moisture condenses and runs down over the tent instead of being trapped in there. So if im in a hurry just the tent with a nice POOFY sleeping bag/s works well. ahh poofy sleeping bags
19 Feb ’12
It seems we all were dissapointed by this sleep system. A great idea...just figured the military would have the good stuff!
Not only did I assume that the military gear would be of decent quality, it got STELLAR reviews on Amazon. I believe it was the reviews that actually sold it on me.
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