Sea to Summit Sleep System Gear Evaluation

Gear Evaluation

camping sleep packed size comparison
Sleep system packed dimension in contrast with 1L water bottle.

Sea to Summit is a kind of gear firms I’ve all the time admired for his or her innovation in developing with options to little issues that niggle outdoorsy folks like us. It’s nearly as if they’ve bought inside our heads and heard us once we think about:

“Geez, I want there was a factor/widget/design for ‘x’ that simply labored – a sensible, elegant answer to a difficulty or problem.”

Stated all outdoorsy folks ever

On condition that there are 47 completely different sleeping luggage and quilts of their vary (plus among the lightest sleeping pads/mats in the marketplace), it’s secure to say that they’ve one thing for everybody relating to sleeping within the wild.

For this gear take a look at, I selected the kind of gear most suited to my bushwalking sleep candy spot – light-weight climbing gear, for a chilly, tall, again sleeper. Right here’s what I discovered:

1. Sleeping Bag – Sea to Summit Flame FmIII Girls’s (Lengthy)

Name me cynical, however I’ve by no means actually been one for ‘girls’s particular’ gear, however after 4 nights surrounded by the 850+ loft of the S2S Flame FmIII’s ULTRA-DRY down and its girls’s particular mummy contouring, I’m altering my thoughts.

Inside I discovered a beneficiant quantity of room across the torso inside vertical baffles, earlier than it tapered with horizontal ones that led right down to the foot field. This room inside offers scope for additional layering (I wore a single layer of thermals) if you wish to enhance the score beneath it’s -4c consolation degree. I’m instructed I sleep like I’m in a coffin, in order a devoted again sleeper (with occasional forays to the perimeters), I appreciated this additional torso room for elbows*, which rested comfortably with out feeling contained or claustrophobic.

The hood form naturally hugged my head and wanted solely minimal cinching to attract it in round my face. It’s the only cinch level on this bag and doesn’t have a second cinch level across the shoulders. 

The YKK flip zipper (proper aspect opening) provides an choice for cooling issues down on the foot field if issues warmth up and is hidden inside a draft tube to cease undesirable chills within the evening.

I by no means have to marvel what goes on inside a down sleeping bag once more, because the translucent 10D shell material presents a singular view of the RDS (Accountable Down Commonplace) licensed filling.

At 850 grams (my scales), together with the Extremely-Sil Nano compression sack, this bag squeezed down to twenty-eight cm lengthy. An excellent bag certainly.

Hmmm, you might perhaps wrench the scale right down to this, I couldn’t get it this small – however shut.

2. Sleeping Pad – Sea to Summit Etherlight XT WL (Girls’s Lengthy)

I’ve slept on many alternative mats through the years, and the Etherlight XT felt just like the Rolls Royce… or is that Tesla lately?

Shining a lightweight on the problem-solving nature of Sea to Summit merchandise, the very first thing I seen is that the Airstream Pump Sack is constructed into the stuff sack. Sensible. Though this provides to the packed size of the mat (29 cm), it was simple to make use of, taking simply over 3 sacks of air to fill it up and removes the huff n’ puff of blowing up manually… to not point out the danger of mould rising inside.

The consolation of this mat is excellent and given that there’s a comfortable 10.1 cm of plump and tender air between my drained physique and the chilly, arduous floor of the Blue Mountains Nationwide Park, it is smart. The multi-function valve permits for changes to search out your Goldilocks degree of ‘good’ firm-to-soft ratio and 30D/40D supplies and cushioned sample feels strong compared to different manufacturers. With noise being one of many widespread complaints with inflatable mats, this one is quieter than different fashions, however I discovered it did have a decrease ‘rubbing noise’ tone somewhat than a excessive crinkley sound like different producers.

As per my most well-liked ‘corpse-pose’ yoga sleep place, the width of this mat was the true stand-out for me; each *elbows rested comfortably on the mat, with room to maneuver. In case you’re a aspect sleeper, you’ll love that 10cm peak of hip-loving pleasure.

Being a tall lass (178cm) I went with the Girls’s Lengthy mat, which my scales known as in at 670 grams together with stuff sack. As a chilly sleeper, I examined this at temps right down to 2c and the heat (R3.2, ASTM commonplace examined) of the mat was wonderful. They use two several types of insulation that each displays your personal heat again to you and manages conductive warmth loss.

The one enchancment I can consider could be to additional develop the stuff/pump sack so as to add a compression strap lowering the general packed dimension and dealing to cut back the low farty-noise on sure surfaces.

Might use a compression strap to cinch the scale in.

3. Liner – Thermolite Reactor Compact Plus+ (brief)

This isn’t the primary time I’ve used a S2S Thermolite Reactor liner. I like the advantages of including heat to a sleeping bag, while additionally preserving all my filth and sweat to myself, somewhat than sharing it with my sleeping bag. Let’s face it, cleansing luggage is a ache (and will be costly if executed professionally) and a liner will help minimise the necessity for normal cleansing.

Thermolite – a material designed for light-weight heat – is made by the individuals behind different technical supplies equivalent to Lycra and Coolmax. 

When it got here to moving into mattress, I found the good thing about utilizing a smaller liner with a bigger sleeping bag. With the shorter liner, I used to be ready to make use of its cinch twine to attract the bag over my shoulders, which felt like a heat hug. Good. 

Who truly seems like this sleeping?
Cinch twine isn’t only for ornament!

4. Pillow – Aeros Premium Pillow (common)

Many outdoorsy folks look upon pillows as a luxurious non-compulsory merchandise. Positive, you may stuff lumpy garments into your stuff sack to make an equally lumpy pillow, however like travelling enterprise class, when you’ve been there, you by no means need to return behind the scenes.

The sharp-end of pillows.

For a sliver of the worth of an airfare, 80 grams and concerning the dimension of a tennis ball, you may get the enterprise class of tenting pillows with the Aeros Premium. This lil’ man is ideal for squeezing down into the awkward little backside nook of your backpack and comes with the S2S Pillow Lock system. Which doesn’t imply a lot until you could have a S2S mat, which comes with the stick-on velcro-esque patches to carry your pillow in place all evening. 

The 50D brushed polyester cowl material is tremendous smooth in opposition to your cheek (or your face, you wacky tummy sleepers!) and the artificial filling (between the material and the TPU bladder) wicks sweat away on these sizzling summer time nights.

The peak is well adjustable with the mini-valve, which doesn’t match the sleeping mat inflation sack, so that you’ll have to puff into this one. A possible enchancment could possibly be a detachable cowl for laundry.

So tiny, so mild.

A model of this text first appeared in Nice Walks Journal.

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