Trouble w/ synthetic UQ
I usually don't sleep in temps below upper 30s and have been using a CCF pad and/or an old leaky Thermarest down to freezing without much trouble. I am not backpacking. Since UQs have been talked up so much I decided to get one...had to be so much better. It is a synthetic from a well know manufacturer rated to freezing. I used it several times last year and don't think I could be more dissatisfied. It is full length and tightens up well on the ends. The sides are snug as well and there seems to be a little air space on the bottom so there don't seem to be any fit problems. However, a puff of breeze cuts through it like a knife. I am not talking about wind, I don't even know that a breeze happened until I go from OK to a cold back in 60 seconds and that would be in upper 40s or low 50s. Once that happens all the warmth has been stripped from the UQ and it takes a while to warm up. Unless another puff comes along, then it is hopeless. It seems like I would need some sort of plastic sheeting wind screen around it to make this thing work. I just went back to pads. Does anyone else have this problem? I can't imagine this company staying in business if other people do.
"To turn from this increasingly artificial and strangely alien world is to escape from unreality. To return to the timeless world of the mountains, the sea, the forest and the stars is to return to sanity and truth." --Robert Burnham Jr.