This week we sit down with Matt Wymer and talk about sleep systems. Specifically we talk about understanding the temperature ratings that are given by companies because sometimes it’s more than meets the eye. A 30 degree sleeping bag from one company may not be the same 30 degree rating from another. Also with sleeping pads, your pad isn’t just for comfort! Sleeping pads play a large role insulating as well. All of that is covered on this episode, so tune in!

You can find Matt’s articles for Understanding Sleeping Bag Temperature Ratings here ->                    Part 1.                        Part 2.

Find more articles from Matt, here ->

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Matt's Sleep Systems for different times of year - 1:05
Sleeping Bag Ratings - 3:00
Finding your system - 6:00
Down vs Synthetic - 7:20
Matt's sleeping bags - 9:50
Quilt vs Bag - 10:50
Sleeping Pads - 12:20
Tips for keeping warm - 20:15

Kifaru Slick 0 Synthetic Bag –

Hammock Gear Down Quilt –

Mountain Hardwear UltraLamina 15 –

Marmot Plasma Bag –



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Jordan Budd
Jordan Budd was born and raised on her family's cattle ranch near Rushville, Nebraska. Growing up on the ranch provided numerous opportunities for antelope, mule deer, whitetail, turkeys, and predators. Having always rifle hunted, during high school she bought a bow and taught herself archery and every since has been hooked. Videography and photography has also been a passion of hers since high school, and in 2014 she was brought onto the show Best of the West TV as a field producer and editor, filming hunts during spring and fall throughout the West and other regions including Alaska, Canada, and New Zealand. She now lives in Cody, Wyoming and works full time for the show. She thoroughly enjoys the backpacking life while testing out gear, scouting the high country, taking photos and just enjoying the time around wildlife and being in the outdoors. She loves writing articles and making videos to pass on what she has learned to benefit fellow hunters heading into the field.