Originally Posted by EBC
Reconsidering since so many of ya'll swear by the UQs...
For a thru it seems there would be a small weight penalty, a large jump in comfort and packability, but a decrease in versatility. Also, if that thing gets wet, i'm toast!
I never hiked the AT but most of my outdoors comes in the ADKs by canoe.
I made a 3/4 UQ out of 6oz climashield. (one layer only) it wieghs in at 1lb, 6 oz. I've had it out in the driveway at around 45 degrees. I have been wet in syn bags before and stayed warm. I tried a pad in my HH and it is a pain trying to get into that bottom entry and then on the pad. I also sweat so much that my bag was SOAKED. I also cut 5/8" holes in my pad to combat the condensation, i was still warm but also still wet in the morning. The low temps in the ADKs in Oct were in the 30's. Food for thought.