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Couples Camping 101: Build a Cozy Lovenest

Comfort for a cozy backcountry couple

by: Kristin Hostetter


[pads]
Start with a pair of plush, warm pads, like the Big Agnes Insulated Air Core ($80, bigagnes.com), which can be mated together with the Big Agnes Sleeping Pad Coupler Strap ($10) to prevent a canyon from forming between you.


[bags]
Opt for a pair of Alite’s Sexy Hotness ($149, 3 lbs. 6 oz. each, alitedesigns.com), a synthetic-filled, 20-degree bag with a creative, toe-to-belly zipper setup that facilitates “access” critical to Valentine’s day fun. (See our full slideshow review of the Sexy Hotness - it's been one of the most popular slideshows on the site.)


Or go the more traditional route with a big, double cocoon like BA’s 30-degree Big Creek, ($200, 4 lbs. 7 oz.), which allows couple to spoon or separate (or a little of both) thanks to individual hoods, draft tubes and full-length size zips.



[pillow]
Cocoon’s Air-Core Pillow Ultralight ($25, 3.7 oz., designsalt.com) let’s you custom inflate to your desired firmness.






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Sblax
Mar 08, 2011

Agree great pad for couple camping, warm and comfortable and the coupler straps do work well. The pad pictured seems different though.

For a couples sleeping bag, we checked out the Big Agnes 650 fill double wide bag, but it was huge, expensive (closer to $320), and relatively heavy. Ended up going w/ a 2LB 800-fill 2-person quilt from Jacks R Better (under $300, 20F) and couldn't be happier. If I get hot, I can move the quilt off me or shift the down in the baffles to her side. We have snow camped in the 20's with it draped over us and tucked at the sides very comfortably. The same is also true when temps remain in the 60's or above. At a pound a person, it goes on almost every trip with us, whether camping or not.

Sblax
Mar 08, 2011

Agree great pad for couple camping, warm and comfortable and the coupler straps do work well. The pad pictured seems different though.

For a couples sleeping bag, we checked out the Big Agnes 650 fill double wide bag, but it was huge, expensive (closer to $320), and relatively heavy. Ended up going w/ a 2LB 800-fill 2-person quilt from Jacks R Better (under $300, 20F) and couldn't be happier. If I get hot, I can move the quilt off me or shift the down in the baffles to her side. We have snow camped in the 20's with it draped over us and tucked at the sides very comfortably. The same is also true when temps remain in the 60's or above. At a pound a person, it goes on almost every trip with us, whether camping or not.

Sblax
Mar 08, 2011

Agree great pad for couple camping, warm and comfortable and the coupler straps do work well. The pad pictured seems different though.

For a couples sleeping bag, we checked out the Big Agnes 650 fill double wide bag, but it was huge, expensive (closer to $320), and relatively heavy. Ended up going w/ a 2LB 800-fill 2-person quilt from Jacks R Better (under $300, 20F) and couldn't be happier. If I get hot, I can move the quilt off me or shift the down in the baffles to her side. We have snow camped in the 20's with it draped over us and tucked at the sides very comfortably. The same is also true when temps remain in the 60's or above. At a pound a person, it goes on almost every trip with us, whether camping or not.

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