Balancing TQ and UQ
I am wondering if it makes sense to go 20* UQ and 40* TQ and if anyone else is doing this sort of thing? I am looking for a versatile setup that will best accommodate my needs.
Most of my hanging is not that cold, I would say 30% 70* or warmer, 30% in 50-60* or warmer at night, 30% in 40-60* and 10% 20-40* temps. I don't see using an UQ above 70*. So the majority of my quilt use would probably be 40* or warmer.
My thoughts were, I could probably vent easier than add clothing. I just dont think I can justify 2 sets of quilts. This set up is for the WBBB MC which is DL 1.9 and 1.1, perhaps warmer than some other DL hammocks.
Does anyone find the YETI to be small, it seems like one of the smallest 3/4 UQ out there? I am 6'.
My current choices are between the UQC 3/4 zeppelin in 20* vs. the YETI and pretty much set on HG 40* burrow TQ.
I have a HG "Summer" Burrow and 20° Full Zeppelin. The setup works well venting the UQ in summer and in 30° weather adding my down jacket, heavy socks, and fleece pants.
Okay, I wasn't sure if everyone was matching a 0-0, 20-20, 40-40, etc...I know it is hang your own hang, but at around $400 bills for a TQ/UQ combo, that gets pricey...quick. Just looking for a little bit of " How do you do it?"
In coolish weather, I've got a 20*F Incubator under-quilt that I use with a 40*F Burrow top-quilt. If your back is cold, you're cold. If it's warm, you don't need so much on top.
For warmer weather, I have a 40*F Incubator under-quilt. On those occasions, I find the 40*F top-quilt too warm!
It sems to me that I have been more comfortable with more under quilt the top quilt. Easer to adjust comfort from above.
I'm the opposite... at least in weather above freezing, I like a down Speer Top Blanket and lightweight synthetic 3/4 Baby Orca.
Below freezing, I use the same Speer Top Blanket and lots of insulation in the UQ!
I know that everyone is different, but for me... I have found that I need an UQ when the temps dip below 70. I don't usually need/want a TQ until the temps dip down to about 60 or below. I'm definitely in the "more insulation underneath" group. :)
Probably the best thing to do is to start hanging with whatever gear you have or can scrounge and then find out what you need from trial and error in the back yard (so that you can go in the house if you get too cold or can't get your temps right).
That combo is just what worked for me last winter, and just tested in the recent cold wave in Nebraska and eastern Oregon @30F and 21F respectively. But, check your loft, whatever the label rating.
The colder it gets, the more important drape and sealing become. A balaclava is cheap. And don't forget the importance of warm feet for nighttime comfort and sleep.
Thanks guys, this is exactly the info I was looking for here. I wasn't sure if I was re-inventing the wheel, there is too much knowledge on this forum to be overlooked. Plus, in the past, every time I "thought" I had an inventive idea, it either did not work or someone else had already had the idea...as my tenure continues here, my searching skills improve.
Thanks for the help, ideas and suggestions! Keep Em coming.
great question. im in the exact same boat. I have a 45* JRB Shenandoah and want a 20* greylock underquilt and hope to not need to buy another quilt. I may only have one or two nights a year below freezing.