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    Default Cold weather thermometer

    What do you folks use to check the temperature? I want something accurate below 0 but donít want to spend a ton. Opinions? Reviews? Thanks.


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    The Suunto Core off my wrist for a while reads down to -5F.

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    I have a wireless sensor that connects to my watch. Itís about the size of three stacked quarters. All Garmin gear.

    The Kestrel Drop D1 hangs from your backpack and will log temps over an entire hike. Pretty cool little device.

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    Digital meat thermometer. I have one which claims to go down to -58F.
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    I use a cheap zipper tag thermometer/compass. It's accurate enough.
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    I guesstimate

    Im a pretty good guesser.

    Usually within a couple degrees

    But real low humidity can fool me below freezing.

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    Isn't the smartphones temperature sensor good enough?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leo L. View Post
    Isn't the smartphones temperature sensor good enough?
    like smartphone dead ----> very cold
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    Not sure what the cold does to the charge state of the battery, but I've done it repeatedly for gear backyard testing in the sub-freezing regions without any problem.
    While it would be feasable during sleeping to keep the smartphone laying aside the sleeping bag, it would be more difficult during hiking.
    But then there are advantages doing it with the phone, as there are many apps that can do much more than just a simple display the temperature. There can be tracking of temp over the whole night, als well as a (virtual) drag indicator, and more.

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    Thanks for all the intel. My sunnto watch seems to loose the screen around 2 degrees. Cell phone stay in the bag on a charger all night. Iím lucky to keep it powered during the day if itís cold enough. I was looking at the cheap zipper ones but reviews say they can be 10-25* off and I can guesstimate better then that. Iíll looking into the meat thermometer but sounds bulky and sharp haha. I also have a house thermometer thatís very small and does inside/outside temp with a small whip that goes outside. I donít know if something like that is worth it as it can stay inside the bag and the sensor can go outside. But then I see myself all wrapped up in it possibly.


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    If the temps drop seriously, I can't imagine to take the additional hassle of wires going through the bag (either through the opening you breath through, or through the lower end of the zipper?).
    Its already a real task to wrap up yourself, including all the thermals, clothes, hat, balaclava, bag liner, take care of the bag itself, the drawstrings of hood and collar, take extra care to not slip off the pad, etc, and meanwhile still find some restful sleep.

    I'd rather suggest to get something cheap, standalone, analog, old-school for to get the outside temperature.
    My wife is famous for ice-swimming, and she got a cheap plastic thermometer she uses to get the water temp for the record of it.
    Something like this:
    https://www.powerhaus24.de/thermomet...l-oder-spa-118
    Cheap enough to not go bankrupt if lost.
    If you need higher accuracy, you could compare the real-life values to a professional thermometer and note the difference.

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    I did bring wireless thermometer on scout car camping years ago. Put part outside shelter, readout inside.

    This confirmed the temp gain in a tent. 1 p in 2 p tent was about 3 f. 2 p would be 5-7f.

    Kind of heavy for hiking though

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    Walmart thermometer/compass. Compass is worthless, thermometer is fairly accurate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sethd513 View Post
    ........I was looking at the cheap zipper ones but reviews say they can be 10-25* off and I can guesstimate better then that............Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    Buy a cheap zipper one and test it at home. If it is off 10-25* then get something else.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Feral Bill View Post
    I use a cheap zipper tag thermometer/compass. It's accurate enough.
    Same here. At zero degrees, give or take 5-10 degrees doesn't matter. Frickin' cold is frickin' cold.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deadeye View Post
    Same here. At zero degrees, give or take 5-10 degrees doesn't matter. Frickin' cold is frickin' cold.
    The one I bought at Walmart was within 1-2*F when I checked it against a quality thermometer at the house. For $2, I really can't expect more...

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    Quote Originally Posted by MuddyWaters View Post
    I guesstimate

    Im a pretty good guesser.

    Usually within a couple degrees
    But real low humidity can fool me below freezing.
    Do you carry a thermometer to check how accurate your guesses are?
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    Quote Originally Posted by sethd513 View Post
    I’ll looking into the meat thermometer but sounds bulky and sharp haha.
    Not very bulky and very light, 0.5 oz according to my scale. The probe is 5" long and pointy at the end, so you would want to put a piece of tape over it. But the long skinny probe makes it easy to attach somewhere on the pack.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Feral Bill View Post
    I use a cheap zipper tag thermometer/compass. It's accurate enough.
    Same here. Mine has a Coleman logo and cost about a $ buck at Dickís.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Slo-go'en View Post
    Do you carry a thermometer to check how accurate your guesses are?
    Nope.

    But at home , where spend 99% of time, im within 2-3 f most of time.

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