taking ds on a 1 nighter tomorrow. started packing the car earlier (its a 2 seater soft top, so limited space). now i saw that the foam mats took up more space than if we had 2 sims each. sooooo will 2 sims be insulating enough against cold ground?
As explained elsewhere...I like a bit of insulation under the SIM(But that's just me) Some folk I know climbers etc can't afford the luxury of carrying extra insulation and seen quite happy lying on a SIM directly on the G/sheet of the tent....Each to their own I would think...
My insulation consists of a small waterproof tarp various bits of plastic sheeting topped off with one(Sometimes two) of those cheap roll up picnic blankets with the waterproof backing that can be found anywhere from Asda to BM stores...
Everything rolls up tight inside each other held together with two large leccy bands and fits in the bottom of my backpack...
Remember that wee bit of material on the bottom of a tent though generally advertised as waterproof is rather thin...And even on the warmest night cold can leech out of the ground up into the SIM (and you)
Better safe than sorry I would say...If the insulation is packed and you decide not to use it...fair enough....But should you find you need it and its not with you....What then????
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Message posted by CW5206/6/2015 at 3:43pm Outfit: Tent Hi Gear Zenobie 6 Vango Icarus 3 Location: durham
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I used to do a lot of mountaineering in my younger days and have camped in temps of -10 degrees with only a thin foam mat between me and the ground, admittedly I had plenty of layers on and a 4 season sleeping bag but I was fine! Everyone is different and you need to try out various combinations to find what is right for you. A good sleeping bag and SIM combination should be fine for most though. My wife really feels the cold and a 5cm SIM and sleeping bag from Halfords is fine even for her!
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cracking idea with the blankets etc on seats - adopted by us this year :)
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