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View Poll Results: Do you wear a hat as part of your cold weather sleeping gear?
Yes 45 88.24%
No 6 11.76%
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Old 03-21-2013, 09:21 AM
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EagleRiverDee EagleRiverDee is offline
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I'm a cold sleeper and I've got this bomber balaclava made of 300 weight windproof fleece that is long length for full neck coverage. The part that you pull up over your mouth and nose is breathable. I call it my "never get cold" hat because I have never been cold while wearing it. That's what I wear in my sleeping bag if it's cold, that way I won't have the tendency to burrow in and then have breath vapor inside my bag.

I did buy a Black Rock down beanie which I'll wear on less cold nights. In Alaska even in summer it tends to drop in the 40's or low 50's at night so a hat is pretty much a good thing no matter what.
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Old 03-21-2013, 10:47 AM
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dsuursoo dsuursoo is offline
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i've tried and for some reason i'll toss and turn and shift my head around in my sleep till the hat's off.

so i mitigate. close-fitting bag. my sleeping 'pillow' is my clothing stuff-sack, which has a fleece inner liner, and is reasonably warm. i already wear my hair long, which helps a tiny bit, but not long enough. tops of the ears, really.

usually what i do is take my mid-layer to bed. this is typically a fleece pullover. it's light enough and non-irritating so i don't try to move it in my sleep.

does look funny tho. also makes a dandy light-shield.
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Old 03-24-2013, 11:31 AM
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I use a stocking cap that I have to look for every time I wake up.

Thanks to this thread, I remember there's an old cheap windbreaker somewhere in the house. I'm going to find it, cut off the cinch-up hood and see if that will hold the stocking cap on.
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Old 03-26-2013, 12:34 PM
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fishbait fishbait is offline
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I have used at least one of these on a hike or overnight trip. A knit ski cap, a balaclava, a trappers hat or a hoodie to keep my head warm at night.
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