so, it boils down to 3/4 versus full then
Thanks for the replies. I'll keep reading. At this point this could go any of several directions - what I hope to avoid is buying 2 or 3 underquilts to figure it out. If the 3/4 quilt works for me, it is definitely the way to go (given that I am most assuredly an ultralight backpacker).
Carrying a 3/4 quilt with a chunk of pad would save weight and provide some versatility if I chose (or was forced) to camp above timberline, as I sometimes do in the Sierra. The big question is whether a 3/4 quilt will keep me cozy or not in conditions just below freezing. If not then there is no hesitation about carrying the extra weight of a full length quilt.
Just looking at the Hammock Gear Incubator (along with the well chosen name), I get a feeling of confidence about being warm enough (but jumping from 14 to 26 ounces for the 20 degree model of each, hmmm.
And a question for Scout620 - are you an unusually big person that you need the extra inches of width?? Me being thin, I would imagine a stock width would do me fine ?!
The Te Wa "antifreeze" looks tempting
Thanks Slo for the thoughts.
It is tempting on several counts to go with a 20 degree rated 3/4 quilt like the
Te Wa antifreeze:
1) it is less expensive by about $100 than the full length quilts I was considering.
2) it is lighter by maybe 12 ounces.
3) the half pad + quilt offers the option of going to the ground in a pinch.
Just like sleeping bags (which I have a quiver of), one bag doesn't suit all
If i'm just not warm enough, then it becomes my warm weather option
and I end up shelling out for something like a full length HG incubator.
I want it all and I want it now.
Wow, breyman -- that is a pretty impassioned pitch for that hammock/UQ combo. I'll at least give it a look, ponder the weight, etc. I am just sticking my toe in the water so far with a home sewn gathered end hammock, about $25 invested in it. Heck, I spent more on the Gossamer Gear wide lite pad I now use with it in warm conditions. I'll be up on the north rim of the Grand Canyon this coming week, and if there are trees (as there surely will be in many places), I'll be in the hammock - perhaps wishing I had chosen and purchased and underquilt in time for the trip. Should not be a burning need for insect protection (or even a tarp for rain protection).
Your endorsement of the incubator is duly noted. I'm going to go do some searches on the 3/4 versus full length hammock choice, which I expect has been discussed at length already on the forum. Hard to choose between my desire to be ultralight and my desire to be cozy warm -- I want both !!!
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