do i need an underquilt?
Hello all, I wanted to reach out to the experts on this matter. I live in western North Carolina where temps go well below freezing and sometimes single digits during winter nights. At least they do when im 5000 feet up. Is an UQ a must? I have been using my thermarest and a 35* bag which works for 3 seasons. I will be heading out for 5 nights in late December and am starting to second guess my set up. Have any of you done well without an UQ during low teen temps?
I believe you can double up with a ccf pad and your thermarest to give you some extra protection. However, there is nothing like the toasty warmth of goose down beneath you.
I will add that I was recently caught in a temp drop that I was unprepared for...ordered an UQ a week later. Once bitten, twice shy and all
I concur with Xristos, you will at the very least want to grab some CCF. A 0 degree UQ would be the most comfortable, IMHO. But with the cost of quilts, and if you're comfortable using a thermarest setup, grab a Walmart blue pad and go for it. I used the Thermarest/CCF combo fine down into the teens in the southern Georgia mountains. Wasn't cold at all with a good 0 degree bag. I then bought my first UQ from Hammockgear and haven't looked back since.
personally i hate the cold and anything to keep me warmer i say YES to
yes, Yes, YES!
$$$, $$$, $$$!
Originally Posted by Xristos
also true! for every (yes) equals extra money! but worth it!
You don't need a UQ for sure. Nice though as I can attest.
Double your pads in and SPE ( ENO Hot Spot ).
That will get you down in temps a great deal.
"Do I need an underquilt?"
Do you need to be warm and comfy? :)
You'd love an underquilt but as Shug says, you can get by without one.
Well you've got your answer; if you can afford it get the UQ and personally I'd recommend a full lenght one. I got a 3/4 Phoenix to begin with and love it, however, my feet did get cold. The weight difference between a full length and a 3/4 isn't that much and I'd rather save weight somewhere else so I can be truly comfortable when I sleep.
Also, I'd recommend a 0 degree UQ so you're comfortable. Again you can work on eliminating weight elsewhere but I found a 20 degree UQ to be barely enough when the temperature got to 35 or 36; I'd rather have degrees to spare so to speak.
It's been expensive but I've been outfitting my son so he can come with me; this leaves me with a Phoenix 3/4 20 degree UQ and a full length 0 degree UQ; gives me something for spring and early fall and then the full length UQ for the colder stuff.
Hammocks aren't very expensive but these UQ's and TQ's sure are :eek: But they're great equipment and make a huge difference.
Do you need a house, do you need a car, do you need oxygen? Ok maybe the last one is a non negotiable, but an underquilt can improve life about as much as the other things mentioned.