Archive for the ‘Sleeping’ Category

Last weekend my son and I spent four days at Disney Fort Wilderness.  From 7am to the conclusion of the fireworks, we ran the gauntlet of every known activity.  It is important to note how much running, lifting, and bending I did each day because I do have a recurring back pain due to a bulging disk between the L3 and L4 vertebra.  Normally, I find it difficult to fall asleep quickly.  In addition, in the morning it is slow for me to get moving due to restless sleep and having a stiff back.  I am happy to say that a new sleeping system fixed my sleepless restless nights.  I awoke with a refreshed rejuvenated back.  Moreover, my son remarked that I did not snore.

The solution to my rejuvenating sleep is the use of the Inertia O Zone sleeping pad by Klymit.  It is an inflatable ultra light sleeping pad with an integrated pillow.  It looks and works like no other inflatable pad.  The pillow has an x insert that cradles the head and the pad has support tubes strategically placed for comfort along side of holes to maximize sleeping bag loft.  I was very skeptical of purchasing this oddly shaped product.  But after speaking with staff at Bill Jackson’s I decided that the value of comfort verse the product price was worth it.

Interia O Zone

I placed the mattress under my Marmot Helium mummy style sleeping bag.  I am a cold sleeper and I was currious to discover if my down bag would be effectd by ground moisture and produce some cold spots.  

rolled up to pop-can size

rolled up to pop-can size

I’m usually a restless sleeper and I am happy to report that the pillow continued to cradle and centered my head all night long.  The x style pillow reduced the stress on my neck and pressure on my ear when I slept on my side.  The combination of holes and inflatable tubes was first like sleeping on a lumpy mattress.  I quickly transitioned from thinking of it like a lumpy bed to a series of fingers massaging the day’s activities out of my back.  Due to the holes in the pad I also discovered no cold spots during the night.  The Inertia O Zone sleeping pad is a successful purchase.  And I am looking forward to the next adventure with this new sleeping companion.

– Jeff

What can I say, I obviously must have been a very GOOD boy last year! My older sister Mary told me so!! For Christmas and my Birthday (Dec. 21st)  she bought me a North Face Cats’ Meow 20 degree sleeping bag. This present could not have come at a better time for it was given to me on Thanksgiving weekend, and as some know will have been used on the Suwannee River Expedition!

Well, I am back from the Suwannee River Expedition and have had ample time to pack, sleep in, re-pack many times over, and launder my Cats’ Meow sleeping bag!  So lets get on with the gear review:  One word LIFESAVER!!!!  This sleeping bag made for a very pleasant trip and the trip could not have been done without it!! IT truely is the Cats’ Meow!!!!!!! We had sleeping temperature averages of about 25 to 30 degrees and at least one night of under 20 degrees! I will admit I did get a little chill on the under 20 morning right at the end of the night/daybreak. Had I added my extra sleeping bag liner(not incld.), I probably would have been fine!

Lets start with the specifics that I liked about the Bag:  1. VERY WARM and Comfortable with the soft silky lining.  2. Pocket on the chest fit my cellphone/light/alarm clock perfectly.  3. The drawstring to seal up around your face is easy one hand operation & the material is stiff enough that it doesn’ t feel like it will slide around and choke you out in the middle of the night, if it has ever happened before; you will know what I’ m talking about! 4. The ease of washing when I got back- loaded it into an  industrial front load washer at my Moms house on gentle cycle. Spun it out on delicate and let it air dry. PERFECT!!

I would recommend this sleeping bag if you need a good quality 3- season bag at a reasonable price; around $165- $175. I also liked the fact that the bag comes in Black & Atoll(blue) with black lining so it doesn’ t show soiling. Has a glow in the dark zipper tab and comes in RT. or LFT. hand zip configurations. Comes with a stuff sack AND large laundry/storage bag. The bag is Synthetic filled as opposed to Down filled, my sister chose synthetic because it will still retain up to 80% warmth even when wet. Here is a link to North Face and the Cats’ Meow to read up on specifics!

Things I did not like:………………….Nothing! Great Product for the money!!!! Bottomline:: Mary my Dear Sister……. You did GREAT!!!! I Love You!

-Sea Turtle Sean