Hey guys, any thoughts would be helpful here.
How many lbs for top and bottom insulation is reasonable for backpacking?
Is a 2lb sleeping bag and a good down underquilt (another 1lb) reasonable to pack?
For gearing up for 3 season backpacking should I aim for a 1lb top quilt and 1lb bottom quilt for 2lbs total at the most?
I've been considering the 32f / 0c Aquila down sleeping bag from MEC. Seems like good value for it's performance.
In the top quilt vs sleeping bag debate, I think the sleeping bag seals in the warm air nicely preventing cold drafts. And a sleeping bag can also be used like a quilt. So that's a good reason in my mind to go with a bag. I get the idea that you compress the down under you, but if you roll to the side in the night to get comfortable, you're covered in a bag.
But is carrying the extra LB something I should try to avoid? Is a 2lb sleeping bag too much weight? Or do you hardly notice the 16oz weight anyways? Or is that 16oz more survival gear I could pack instead of the backside of a sleeping bag?
What do you guys think?
I've being trying to avoid accumulating the wrong gear, but it's hard to know until you try stuff out and learn the hard way. So your thoughts and experience are soooo helpful !