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Show me your under quilt!

Thrud

Richard Proenneke
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I agree that a UQ will give you a better nights sleep than a TQ.
Th 3/4 length wa OK for WA the other weekend where temp got down to zero, the important thing was that there was virtually no wind. If you're in a tent then wind is not an issue as far as the bag rating goes, but it is far more significant in a hammock.

@Anthiron: I think you would be fine with what you suggest, although I would wear a pair of thermal leggings!
 

Bloffy13

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@Thrud: Sorry mate, I disagree. I tend to find I sleep warmer with less on. Not sure why but there is some science behind it, I believe. Something to do with the body reacting to counteract the cold. (Maybe someone smarter than I can explain it)
Where possible, I take gear off and I sleep warmer. I find if I wear socks, thermals (although I have) etc, I get colder. The exception is a beanie because you lose so much heat out of your head.
A bit of a steal here, sorry Apsilon
Cheers
Bloffy
 

SimonM

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Last night I slept out in the hammock with the Wilderness Logics summer series under quilt and top quilt. I was wearing merino thermals, socks and a buff on my head. I am pretty sure the under quilt was adjusted properly, though did not spend a lot of time dialling it in. To keep the UQ in place I was trialing some clip on quilt hooks. for my feet I used a small foam pad placed inside my top quilt footbox. The hammock was a double layer 1.1oz, with separate net. There was a very slight breeze. I was hydrated and had just eaten.

When I went to bed the time was 10.30pm and the temperature was 8.4 degC. I woke at about 1am with a slight chill on my back, and cold butt syndrome, the temperature was 6 degC. I probably could have toughed it out but I like to be warm so at this point I went inside to my bed. Through the night the temperature dropped further to 3.4 degC.

Tonight I might test it again but I take this as consistent with the intended purpose of these quilts. They are rated to about 7 degC. I would say usually I am a cold sleeper, so those that sleep warm may have different results.
 

apsilon

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Thanks for being a guinea pig mate. Seems fairly consistent with the temp rating of the quilts. I'm think I'm fairly set on going with a full length but I'm still tossing up rating. I'd really rather not get two so trying to judge the sweet spot of what I can use year round.
 

SimonM

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Thanks for being a guinea pig mate. Seems fairly consistent with the temp rating of the quilts. I'm think I'm fairly set on going with a full length but I'm still tossing up rating. I'd really rather not get two so trying to judge the sweet spot of what I can use year round.

Perhaps look for a 30F under quilt, and you might also be able to get away with a lighter top quilt. Tonight I might try my winter under quilt with summer top quilt.

Or you could look at augmenting the UQ in winter with a pad of some description.
 

Tas

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Given that i got a -6 UQ I've made an insert sleave in the bottom of my hammock to take a pad and hold it in place so in summer I can use the pad and winter the UQ
 

Anthiron

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Thanks for the test Simon! great information. Perhaps the Summer Series won't do after all.

I am still interested in a pillow though if you could add the sleeve on the back.
 

MongooseDownUnder

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I wonder how the added weight of a pad for your feet compares to the weight of the extra 1/4 of the underquilt. I myself have a full length and love it although mine is a snugpak one. I had a kip in the afternoon the other day it was about 8 degrees c and I was absolutely cooking. lol had to throw off the topquilt to cool down and it was quite windy too. I cannot wait to get out and try it in the bush.
 
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