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3/16/2017 3:02 PM
 
I LOVE my serape! It is one of the coolest, most revolutionary pieces of outdoor gear I have ever bought, hands down! I have noticed that it has gotten a little less warm over the years, but I've ridden it hard, and its still pretty dang warm. My wife also has one that has a lot less miles on it. I don't know about zipping a full-size and a medium together, but zipping two full-sized together produces a nice two-person sleeping bag in our case. I keep mine in a Kifaru XL ultralight pull-out. Its roomy enough that I don't feel like its over-compressing it. I pair it with an exped poncho, and a paclight goretex jacket that is a little too big. That way if its really stormin I can put the serape on, and gather it up inside the jacket. Or I can just wear it under the poncho, or whichever combo I need. (I'm anxiously awaiting an HPG Mountain Parka to replace the gore-tex! ;) I carry these three pretty much everytime I hike anywhere in southwest Wyo. I used to think about how uncomfortable an un-planned overnight would be, but now I don't even worry about it. Between the serape, poncho and some well-placed fire reflectors, I think I could ride out a LOT of weather in relative comfort.

 

I recently bought one of those orange thermal sleeping bag liners from sea-to-summit, I'm going to try that in conjunction with my serape for a summertime sleeping bag system this year. I've spent a lot of nights out in summer with just the serape, most of the time its fine, but sometimes its just a touch chilly, so hopefully this will give me a little more edge.

 
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4/13/2017 8:33 PM
 

After less than a week of owning this, sleeping in this mixed with a 0 degree bag in below freezing weather, and letting my wife sleep in the hammock in the back yard, I had to order another. Not only do I love this thing but so does my wife! I knew it would be a great piece of kit, but my wife INSISTED on having her own. Excellent product guys! This will be a far better "top quilt" for my hammock than any other actual need based product I have researched based on my two day experienece alone. I was at a long range shooting match last weekend and the weather both nights dipped well below freezing. That being said, the serape mixed with my kelty 0 degree bag were perfect. Plus, I could wear the serape out of my hammock and cook breakfast with it while staying cozy. I feel that this is something that every outdoorsman should have!

 
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7/13/2017 2:11 PM
 
Just received a Medium and am very pleased with the fit. I am 5'-10", but on the heavy side at about 225. Fits very well in all modes, even sleeping bag mode, but only because I use it as more of a top quilt than a sleeping bag. I use a pad or mattress for under insulation as I tend to move around a lot and it works perfect for this use. I still zip up the bottom to create a foot box.
 
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7/20/2017 3:36 PM
 

Is anyone using this as their primary sleep system in mild weather conditions? Thinking specifically of summer/early fall backpacking or hunting trips where lows are unlikely to dip below freezing, and many times may stay north of 40 degrees F. Would a serape be adequate for a light bag or quilt application, assuming that clothing would be worn for next to skin warmth as well, and also assuming use with a sleeping pad providing additional insulation from the ground? I know everyone is different but I tend to sleep warm, so really wondering if anyone else is using a serape in this application and what their reviews may be?

 
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7/20/2017 5:00 PM
 
zacht wrote:

Is anyone using this as their primary sleep system in mild weather conditions? Thinking specifically of summer/early fall backpacking or hunting trips where lows are unlikely to dip below freezing, and many times may stay north of 40 degrees F. Would a serape be adequate for a light bag or quilt application, assuming that clothing would be worn for next to skin warmth as well, and also assuming use with a sleeping pad providing additional insulation from the ground? I know everyone is different but I tend to sleep warm, so really wondering if anyone else is using a serape in this application and what their reviews may be?

It is all I take for my sleep system in the jungles down south and in South Africa.  Works like a charm.


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7/20/2017 8:00 PM
 
Zacht -

I find during the summers in the SE the serape is just about as much insulation as I can handle. On warm nights (60s+) my skivvies and serape are perfect, on cooler nights clothes and serape works great. I one time took a serape as my stand alone insulation for a hammock camp in September in the GSM, and decided to sleep in skivvies and no pad/underquilt. It got down to about 48 and that was quite a chilly night. More my fault than the serape's, but just given you a head's up.

- J
 
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8/12/2017 9:44 AM
 
I'm hoping some come in fairly soon so I can try one out this fall. I like the concept, and I think it would be an improvement over my woobie.
 
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8/20/2017 4:49 PM
 

I am heading up into the Wyoming wind river range next week for a 5 day trip. I am bringing my serape and a sea to summit thermolite liner as well as some long undies. I imagine the temps will dip a bit at 10,000+ feet. I will post my experiences when I get back.

 
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8/20/2017 5:29 PM
 
If I am looking at the correct liner it adds 14 degrees to your sleep system. at 10K you may find yourself wanting for more warmth. If possible I would take along additional insulation. I just don't see you having a whole lot of margin with that system unless you sleep really warm. Just a thought.

Nick Boyle | HPG Product Specialist
 
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8/21/2017 3:01 PM
 

I have the reactor extreme liner. It adds 25 degrees of warmth. I am also bringing a full set of thermals, socks and a hat for insulation. Looking at the reports for the area I am going, it could dip into the mid 30s at the lowest. I know that a 20 degree bag would be the ideal choice, but I figure that with the 20-30 degree increase of the serape and the 25 degree increase with the liner, I can sleep around 70 degrees or higher. I took the serape as a stand alone sleep system on a kayak trip in early June up to upper Priest Lake, ID and combined with my 20 degree hammock underquilt I slept like a baby even though temps dropped around 40 degrees with wind and rain for the first 2 days of the trip. I sleep pretty warm as it is and I am hoping that combined with my liner, I can increase the versatility of the serape. In any case, I leave tomorrow and I am sticking to my plan.

 
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8/28/2017 8:11 PM
 

I just got back from my trip today and it was a blast! My friend and I got see some pretty awesome country and we fly fished all the way back to our final destination and fished all the way out. The serape preformed as expected and I was not without adequate insulation during the night. The lowest temperature I recorded was 34 degrees and it seemed to stay within 38-42 degrees at night for the whole of the trip. I slept all 4 nights with the serape, liner, thermals, merino socks and merino cap. I will say that there were times that the ability of the serape to cover my whole body was nice when my face got a bit chilled. Now, that being said, even though this combo worked, I honestly would not take the serape (even with the liner) as a stand alone sleep system if the temps were to drop much below 45. Although my setup worked, I feel I would have been more comfortable in a 20 degree bag. It is nice to know that if the need arises, the serape can be pushed past its limits with the proper additions. I was able to fit the serape, liner and inflatable pillow nicely into a 10 liter stuff sack and weighs about 3.5 lbs.

 

 
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