Originally Posted by Gideon
If you get a sleeping bag that is light enough and warm enough, you'll have to pay close to what you'd pay for a good Top Quilt. A good down filled lightweigh sleeping bag will easily be $200 plus. A 0 degree TQ from Hammock gear is $264 or so. I have a Marmot 30 degree down filled sleeping bag that weights 27 ounces. I've just ordered the 0 degree top quilt from HQ and it weights 27 ounces. The Marmot will cost anywhere from $239 to $299.
If you get a sleeping bag under $200 it'll likely weight considerably more and despite what they say it's rated for, it may be colder than it should be.
If you're truly dedicated to hammock camping, I'd recommend you hold off buying anything until you get a good TQ. It'll weight less and work better than the equivilent costing sleeping bag.
Hard part is waiting and saving but in the end you'll be glad you did.
I got the Arroyo because It was on sale from a company that was closing out it's inventory. It's a great bag but I can get a 0 degree TQ that weights the same.
You can get a Hammock Gear 20 degree Top Quilt for $229 and it'll weight 21 ounces. If I had to do it all over again I'd save and get the TQ; it's a much better value in the long run.
The only upside to my situation is that I can use my Arroyo when it's not so cold so I don't sweat and my son can use it as a TQ when he comes with me.
Good luck on your choices
yea thats what i have seen .so i have decided to just wait and save up for the tq.. its the best choice .
It's not the fall im scared of, it's the sudden stop at the end!!!
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