Before we dive in, let's discuss one important frame of mind regarding staying warm at camp. Insulation doesn't create warmth, it can only trap it, retain it, and slow down created warmth's escape. Understanding this explains why all of our secrets (except the bonus) are about trapping heat.
Moisture might be the number one threat to your warmth when camping, staying dry is key.
Do this by:
Before you hit the hay, grab a complex carbohydrate snack this will supply the calories your body needs to continue producing heat throughout the night.
Here are a few examples:
Hit a quick set of pushups before you snuggle in. A burst of physical activity will get your blood circulating and your heart rate up. This is great for overcoming the first 5 minute shiverfest when you start the night. Make sure you don't break a sweat though (see #1).
Your body has to heat up the entire area contained by your insulation. Therefore, reduce the empty space as much as possible, that way more of your warmth will be reserved for your body - rather than being lost to the air. Try to Pre-Warm your extra clothes then stuff them inside with you to help reduce the empty space.
We suggest a base layer set of merino wool + a wool beanie + medium wool socks. This will keep your skin covered and the wool will immediately wick any moisture away from your body. There are synthetic options that work great too, just don't wear cotton.
At some point you'll run out of options, usually at 2am, and wake up cold. The only way to combat this is to add heat back to your thermal equation. Here are a few options help with that:
We built Warmth right into our designs, our solutions insure you are ready to venture comfortably through the cold. Our insulation systems work for air camping or ground camping and provide unmatched warmth efficiency. We even created a first of it's kind portable heated compression bag - to instantly warm you up!
Staying warm starts with the right coverage, be sure your Trail Quilt or Sleeping Bag has a hood - if not you'll need to wear a hooded jacket or beanie at night!
Our Inferno Top Quilt is the first "Trail Quilt" to come with full head and shoulder protection, so you're able to enjoy full coverage with the easy entry benefits and versatility of a Trail Quilt.
A hole or gap in your insulation is a sure way to get cold, be sure your insulation is evenly spread and has no gaps. This will insure a more even warmth throughout the night.
Our Puffle Adventure Blanket has dual Draft Collars to stop drafts and seal in warmth. The Inferno Under Quilt forms a perfect seal around your body with our Draft Caps and Snug Strips to insure a zero-draft night.
Weather resistant fabric is a must when you're in the wild. You'll need a shield against the elements that doesn't let water or moisture in, but just as important you'll need a way for your perspiration to escape.
We created a fabric known as Hydra-Shield, it creates a water resistant surface tension on the exterior fabric so moisture droplets beads up and run off, while still maintaining a high level of breathability.
Warmth in terms of insulation is directly correlated to containing your bodies heat - the more insulation you have the longer you'll stay warm, this is known as "Loft". Having insulation in the right place is the next important factor to keep in mind, you don't want all of the insulation in one area, you need the right amount of insulation in the right places.
When we created our Inferno Under Quilt we added Heat Strips to provide increased Loft at your core, this is definitely your primary heat location so retaining it is of utmost importance. Next we added Flow Gates to make sure the down insulation at your feet stays at your feet and the insulation at your head stays at your head (subtle but important).
The final push to warmth is to add heat to your thermal equation. We looked at all the options available and became frustrated with: leaky water bottles, tiny chemical packs, peeing in water bottles, and pushups at 2am.
We created the Hot Pocket to face this challenge head on. It's multi purpose in that it compresses your insulation till you need it but then you can flip a switch and pre-heat your insulation. Once you're in for the night the Hot Pocket opens up and will provide a burst of instant heat anywhere you need it! No more struggling through a cold sleepless night. 👌
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Our founder, Richard Rhett, created Sierra Madre because of two epic gear failures he experienced in the wild. Both left him stranded and completely ruined his adventures. As a Mechanical Engineer turned Entrepreneur. After over 10 years of building gear, Richard has held fast to our two pillars of our gear design, 1) solve problems, and look good doing it 2) over build it with hyper quality.
“Sleeping in the wild should be restful and enjoyable, when you're not worried about getting wet or cold - it's so much easier to feel at peace in the wild”. Being comfortable, protected, and warm in the wild helps you feel at peace... Feels like home. "That's what it's all about."
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