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I started doing some thinking after a recent trip to my local Goodwill.
I have been buying (like new / unused) insulated ski & snow board clothing recently for about $4.00 each. Stuff like Columbia, Bonfire, Hely Hanson, Bogner, etc.
The cheapskate in me just can't pass up a like new pair of insulated Bonfire pants for $4.00, especially when they fit really good.
So I got to wondering, since I already forgo a sleeping bag half the year, could I use this clothing to forgo a bag during fall & spring?
I tend to sleep in clothes now anyway, and always change into a dry base layer to sleep in at night, usually silk or cool max. I don't like heavy base layers inside a bag though.
Please bear in mind that:
1. I live in coastal SC with mild temps, spring and fall nightime temps may not get below +40F much of the time.
2. I am trying to put together clothing systems on a budget right now. ( I am fixing a boat and buying parts-haha)
Could the clothes serve double duty as back-ups or extra clothing during the day VS. my sleeping bag which is next to useless during the day inside my pack?
I also wonder if these insulated clothes, like the Columbia insulated bibs, could be worn under my neoprene fishing waders for winter wade fishing? I currently use heavy fleece or heavy poly pro under my waders. Would the nylon shell of the insulated clothing (ski bibs) cause a wicking problem under neoprene waders? Compression shouldn't be a problem in loose waders.
I could also use this system while hammock camping if I need more warmth than I get from my quilt, since I wouldn't carry a sleeping bag anyway. (?)