Originally Posted by Cannibal
Well, I guess I'm going to have to dig one of the Super Shelters out and start playing. I keep putting it off, but this has inspired me to give it a go. Thanks BillyBob!
You're welcome. And me too, I have put off further experiments ever since I got the Pea Pod Christmas 07. And getting a MW4 only made me even less likely to experiment with it. Now that I have finally put it to the test, I'll probably go back to my other systems.
Keep in mind that having no net makes it a lot easier to figure out what is going on underneath. It is so darn easy to either have a gap or the opposite with loft compression.
Also, I'm sure I got a little boost(how much?) from the PG bag under my back before I switched to quilt style. Still, I got by OK without that layer once I switched to quilt style, but I could tell the dif. By that time the insulation in the UC had warmed up some.
I went back out after breakfast, at 16F. I hung around for 30 minutes or so, quilt and bag style. It was taking quite a while to warm up below, but finally it was OK again. A hot water bottle thrown in a bit before hand would have helped.
I found a less unpleasant way to use the bag for side sleeping. Zipped up and sealed up head/neck as usual, but left the zipper (lt side) unzipped maybe a foot. This allowed me to have my arm out, then when I turned on my left side and curled up with my hand under my head and pillow, I had zero drafts to worry about no matter how I moved my legs. And it was still easy enough to to seal up around that relatively small left side(down side) opening. With the hood and neck colar still doing their job.
Man, that bag is so bombproof. PG insulation and a quite wind proof and VERY water resistant shell. With a big, thick hood and neck collar. Too bad it weighs 4 lbs. And too bad it is a bag! If you can just keep covered and draft free, a thick enough quilt is so much more luxurious. And being able to move my arms and entire body around inside a Pea Pod with TQ with no worries is such a luxury!