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Advice from quilt users

Postby zacharycbruce » Fri 23 Jul, 2021 7:52 pm

Hi all,

Trying to make up my mind on whether to buy a new bag, or to buy a custom quilt (Tier Gear)

In another thread I was asking for advice on a bag for use in Walls of Jerusalem (Tas) for late spring, through summer. The consensus being -5c would be OK.

I'm wondering if I should maybe go for an even warmer quilt (-10c) which would cover me for winter trips as well

I'd like to hear from quilt users (especially any in Tassie) whether a -10c quilt would be versatile enough to deal with Tasmanian summers, by wearing less clothes, hanging arms/legs out etc. Or is it going to be too warm?
And I wonder about how much difference it makes not having a hood on a quilt, if I"m looking at below freezing temps should I plan on bringing a balaclava, or wool buff to cover my noggin?

I guess as a pre-emptive follow up question, if a -10c quilt is going to be too warm for summer, what other rating should I get? e.g. if I get a -10c for winter or higher altitude summer trips, what should I get for summer? 0c? +2c?
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Re: Advice from quilt users

Postby andrewa » Fri 23 Jul, 2021 9:09 pm

I make my own quilts, but sleep in clothing I have with me.

Down to 8-10 overnight, I have a quilt with 450g down, but might also sleep in lighter down jacket plus light down pants on a decent insulated mat.

In winter, ski touring, I have a quilt with 750g down, and will normally sleep in a heavier down jacket, plus down pants, and booties.

Not sure whether this answers your questions, but it hopefully gives you an idea about how I integrate systems to minimise weight. My aim is to sleep in everything I have, and minimalist my quilt/sleeping bag weight.


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Re: Advice from quilt users

Postby crollsurf » Fri 23 Jul, 2021 9:14 pm

I'm a quilt user and ski tour in the Snowy Mountains NSW (-10C and lower)

Straight up I'd go a bag in really cold weather but I couldn't find a bag big enough for me across the shoulders. The fill would be compressed across my shoulders and I'd get cold, so that is the main reason I moved to quilts in colder weather, there just wasn't a bag that would fit me.

I only use quilts now and they are by far the best for me. Not just because of what I mentioned but because they are so adaptable. I'm a restless sleeper and I like to hang my feet out the end when getting a bit hot.

The 2 secrets to Quilts is don't get one that is too small, if in doubt, get the next size wider &/or longer. And the second, is an easy learning curve regarding the straps, to make sure you are not getting drafts.

Cold or not I have a mat strap that locks the quilt in place to the mat around my hip. I can toss an turn all night and it keeps the quilt over me. In colder weather I have another strap that is cinched loosely around my midriff. I also have a snap about 6 inches down from the neck which I use when it's cold because it helps tuck the quilt under me.

When its cold, my process is; release the cinch around my neck, hold onto the midriff strap, roll and then cinch back around the neck.

Other than when it's cold, I don't bother with the midriff strap and toss and turn all night, pretty much like when I'm at home.

I got a -6C Down and a 10C Apex which covers me for all conditions. The -6 isn't what it used to be so I use both now in the snow. Would love a -15C bag if it would fit me
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Re: Advice from quilt users

Postby stry » Sat 24 Jul, 2021 10:52 am

I have, and use, both a quilt and bags.

Flexibility and choices in how you use a quilt are big advantages. Given the ease with which one can vary set up and coverage to suit conditions, I would lean toward the warmer option with your quilt. Much easier to get comfortable with a bit too much quilt, than with not enough.
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Re: Advice from quilt users

Postby warnesy » Sat 24 Jul, 2021 11:11 am

I'd second most if not all of crollsurfs advice. I pretty much exclusively use quilts now. Do I think that they are as warm as a bag, no, but way more comfortable to sleep and toss around in. And that's not to mention the weight saving. Now I find I sleep in more clothes than I did before, but I was carrying those clothes anyway.
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Re: Advice from quilt users

Postby Lamont » Sat 24 Jul, 2021 1:26 pm

Gryphon Gear US has a diagram well worth checking out on how to measure up for width with one of their quilts that could be universally adapted.
Under zero -you're wondering would you need a head covering? Sheet yeah, I do, above zero too. :D I have a good fleece balaclava/beanie (and mat) under a quite breathable Argon 67 windshirt/hoody (combo 70 gms) is gold for me for boosting warmth when needed.
Good luck.
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Re: Advice from quilt users

Postby Ms_Mudd » Sat 24 Jul, 2021 4:08 pm

Lamont wrote: under a quite breathable Argon 67 windshirt/hoody (combo 70 gms) is gold for me for boosting warmth when needed.
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How much of a boost do you reckon an Argon67 bivy (loose fitting) over your bag would give if you had to make up some numbers? I am asking for a friend that may have ordered a Borah bivy in both bug and Argon version. Okay, really that person is me :lol:
Intend to experiment myself, but wanted some Lamont input too.
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Re: Advice from quilt users

Postby norts » Sat 24 Jul, 2021 5:45 pm

I use to use a sleeping bag but now use a Katabatic Quilt. I am using the Flex 22.Their system for attaching the quilt to the pad is very good. I only use the pad attachment when it is getting a bit cold ie winter. You do need a good beanie( well I do as I dont have much natural insulation on my noggin).
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Re: Advice from quilt users

Postby Lamont » Sun 25 Jul, 2021 2:45 pm

Ms_Mudd wrote:
Lamont wrote: under a quite breathable Argon 67 windshirt/hoody (combo 70 gms) is gold for me for boosting warmth when needed.

How much of a boost do you reckon an Argon67 bivy (loose fitting) over your bag would give if you had to make up some numbers?

Of the amount I'm not sure.
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Re: Advice from quilt users

Postby Al M » Sun 25 Jul, 2021 11:48 pm

Can’t recall what you said in the other post about whether you are a cold or warm sleeper.

Assuming you are warm sleeper the -5C bag with use of a 120g silk liner and clothing if needed would be my choice.

The equivalent to that in quilt is an over sized and 3-5C warmer rating also with liner and clothing, then you have to think about whether the extra weight in over size, extra fill and head cover is approaching a bag weight.

The issue is one can’t really escape the physics of it, a tighter fit but not compressing loft with less air voids to heat is always going to be warmer than a wider fit with more voids to heat per amount of overall material.
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