Configuring a Burrow
I love my 20° Incubator, and I've only just started really getting to grips with rigging it for maximum warmth. There's never really been a question for me that my next purchase will be a Burrow.
It will replace an old Kathmandu sleeping bag that is rated as follows: limit of -10° C (14° F), and a 'comfort' rating of more like -2° C (28° F). It's 700 loft duck down as opposed to the HG 900 goose down. It's been a pretty good workhorse, but I was staggered to discover I could save about a kilogram (2.2 lb) of pack weight by switching to a dedicated top quilt. Sold!
My dilemma is, I'm not completely certain whether to opt for the 0° version. On my recent winter trip out the sleeping bag opened (except for the feet) was insufficient on the colder nights, but fine if I put the whole thing on and zipped it up completely. I guess it just creates a tighter envelope, even if the layer underneath you is compressed and not too useful. This is on frosty nights, but with no actual snow on the ground, and not too much wind chill. It's probably going to be unusual for me to be hanging in snowy conditions.
I can't really afford a quilt for every season. At least, not yet! I'm starting to think getting the 20° F version with 2 ounces of overstuff would be a good compromise... an improvement on what I have, but not so insanely hot that I can't use it with the snaps open on warmer nights?
Also, I'm right in thinking that if I have to go to ground, a Burrow + pad is fairly equivalent to a similarly rated sleeping bag + pad? For us taller blokes, is it worth asking for one or two snaps higher up on the quilt to help keep the edges in?
The 20* Burrow with a couple oz. of overstuff sounds ideal for you. I prefer the sewn footbox myself, but I don't share your "what if I have to go ground?" criteria. If I have to go to ground, I'm going home!
The 0* Burrow is just not as versatile for all seasons. You can always supplement top insulation with a fleece blanket if it's colder, but you can't take down out if it's hotter.
I would agree with this. If I were to go with one, it would be the 20 degree version. It is easier to supplement with more than to try to ventilate until it is "just right." Good luck with it. I am looking forward to springing for more downy goodness myself. :lol:
Yeah I think you're right. And I always seem to have this instinct to try to get the 'best' protection, as if my brain is telling me I might be stumbling into a blizzard sometime soon! Far easier to add warmth than to try to sleep in an oven. 20° with a bit of overstuff it is.
Now to wait for payday. Again... :D
:lol: With this forum you will always be waiting for payday to buy the next gadget or gizmo.:lol::lol:
Originally Posted by Basie