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    The Barefoot Sisters judged how cold it was by how tightly the rhododendron leaves curled up.

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    As for thermometer accuracy, who really cares?
    What are you going to do? Turn on the heater?
    In my sleeping bag. In my tent. On the backside of nowhere. The $1 Coleman or North Face zipper pull thermometers are close enough.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Venchka View Post
    As for thermometer accuracy, who really cares?
    What are you going to do? Turn on the heater?
    In my sleeping bag. In my tent. On the backside of nowhere. The $1 Coleman or North Face zipper pull thermometers are close enough.
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    Among other things, it's useful for evaluating a trip afterwards. For example, if I know it was 10* but I was cold in my 0* bag, I would consider that carefully when packing for the next trip under similar conditions.

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    But then there are many more factors than just the temperature when it comes to spend a night out in the cold.
    Wind, humidity and insulation off the ground are the biggest, but there are more, like nutrition, hydration, exhaustion etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leo L. View Post
    But then there are many more factors than just the temperature when it comes to spend a night out in the cold.
    Wind, humidity and insulation off the ground are the biggest, but there are more, like nutrition, hydration, exhaustion etc.
    Of course. It's only one piece of the puzzle, but it's an important one.

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    La Crosse digital solar-powered. Weather resistant.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CalebJ View Post
    Among other things, it's useful for evaluating a trip afterwards. For example, if I know it was 10* but I was cold in my 0* bag, I would consider that carefully when packing for the next trip under similar conditions.
    I do critical testing with an accurate thermometer in my backyard. Last winter we had mornings from 6 to 15 degrees. Good enough for any trips that I might entertain. The Coleman thermometer in the tent was easily within 5 degrees. Good enough for my OCD.
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    Shug is a hammocker in Minnesota that regularly goes below zero.

    Heres what he uses. Goes down to -40 according to Shug.

    http://www.walmart.com/ip/ThermoPro-...ange/162671535
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    I found a boy scout thermometer 25 years ago in the GSMNP and it's still hanging on the outside of my backpack. I think it's go to minus 30. I saw minus 12 at Mt Leconte one morning in the shelter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Feral Bill View Post
    I use a cheap zipper tag thermometer/compass. It's accurate enough.
    These things are so tiny, yet have a temperature range exceeding 100F. Seems like you can only get to within about 5F of figuring out what the temperature is.

    What I like carrying is a plastic reptile thermometer... got this one for about $5. Crazy light weight, no batteries required, and easy to read to 1F. This particular one has a mounting nut protruding out the back that can be turned with a pair of pliers to calibrate the needle.

    For the OP, if you want something similar, I would suggest shopping for freezer/refrigerator thermometers. They are likely to be made of metal, so they will weight more than the plastic one linked above, but the price will be about the same as will the ease of reading the temperature to about read to 1F (seems like most of these range from -20F to about 80F).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Venchka View Post
    As for thermometer accuracy, who really cares?
    OCD people do, of course. I'm curious about weather things anyway, so it sort of matters only in the sense that I want to know - I don't really need to know. But I suppose it helps in the future to know where you've been and how you dealt with that and how it might affect future trip decisions?
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    Accurite about $7
    Works great
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    Quote Originally Posted by scope View Post
    OCD people do, of course. I'm curious about weather things anyway, so it sort of matters only in the sense that I want to know - I don't really need to know. But I suppose it helps in the future to know where you've been and how you dealt with that and how it might affect future trip decisions?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brutalguyracing View Post
    Accurite about $7
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    Not shown on AcuRite web page. Is it still available?
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    Thanks. I found that after my post above.
    Low Temperature: -4 F. No thanks.
    Why bother? My Coleman analog reads to -20 F. At which point I would hopefully be indoors.
    Ive relied on zipper pull analog thermometers since forever. Ill stay with them.
    Thanks everyone! Merry Christmas!
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    Check the weather history on internet when you get home. You'll also get rainfalls, windspeeds, humidity, UV index, etc.

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    I've owned a couple of the little Accu-Rites, which are NOT weather-proof nor even weather-resistant in my experience. The battery compartments became wet and rusted. Not really designed nor built for outdoor use, in my estimation. Just FYI.

    Thus my switch to La Crosse.
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