Originally Posted by Klanecfsb
so it got down to 46 last night in my back yard. started out on the warm side,and woke up around 6 pretty toasty except for my butt/lower back. Put my car window reflector in there and it killed the cold spot; still more comfy than a thermarest and feel like it would stay in place better, but i was already awake so i made coffee.
my question is if i decided to make this a sew up, and add some insulation to get a few more degrees ( well the max with out adding bulk) what kind is preferred and why?
You have your positives and negatives with the sew version. I'm on the negative side and glad that I did the no sew. I always knew eventually I'd end up with the proper down underquilts and it was just a matter of time. Luckily I still have all of our no sew pluq (3) that can now be used as extra underquilts, or untied and hung as an over cover or even used as an undercover and so many other options are still there and available to us.
We found when the temps dropped that we could pin a down throw to the pluq, and or a wool blanket (definite car camp on the wool option or pulk) there are several things that you can slide between the folds of the pluq also (not the down throw, you want that ontop so it doesn't compress). Your options are only limited by your imagination, and what your willing to carry. You can use fleece along with reflectix , and even a couple of layers of floor PE.
Also don't forget your hammock sock. That can add upwards to almost 10 degrees to your micro climate, helping everything to work together. We've made it to 35 with a down throw pined to the top of the PLUQ, a piece of reflectix under our butts, and our polyester hammock socks. Our TQs were (and we still are using) 30 degree patrol bags with zippers cut out.
Now if the PLUQ is something that you plan on using indefinitely, then by all means add to it and sew that sucker up along with adding some draft tubes. Heck, if your going to do it, you might as well do it right