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    What underquilt temperature

    I'm trying to figure out what temperature underquilt (and top quilt for that matter) I should get for winter. I have a Costco DIY UQ that I made for warmer weather. I cant decide if 20 degrees will be enough or if I should go ahead and get a 0 degree. Most of my winters will be in the nc mountains and possibly going up north to WV also.

    I really like the JRB high Sierra snivvler and the mt Washington 4.

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    I live in Georgia and do a lot of winter camping. I have a 20 degree JRB Nest with 2 oz of overstuff and a JRB 0 degree Mount Washington 4.

    While I do love the MW4, it is a bit much for my climate. It is a quite lofty and takes up a lot of room in my pack.

    The 20 degree Nest has taken me down to 15 degrees in total comfort.

    I find the 20 degree Nest is my go to UQ in both winter and summer. In summer, I keep is loose but it is still needed even though summer lows in the Georgia mountains are only the lower-60's.

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    What I'm worried about is getting a 20 degree then not being able to go when the temp drops below 10 degrees. I love cold weather camping, I have just never winter camped in a hammock. My wife and I plan to do some travelling to more northern states to hike some in the winter so I want to be prepared for that. But I also dont want to buy 2 or 3 sets of quilts.

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    Nothing wrong with using a 0 degree when lows are only in the 30's. You won't cook yourself.
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    You could always get the 20 degree and stack it with your other quilt if expecting colder temps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grubbster View Post
    You could always get the 20 degree and stack it with your other quilt if expecting colder temps.
    +1 on that suggestion. I've successfully used my JRB Hudson River, which at the time I got it was listed as 25-30 degrees, down to 18 by pairing it with a poncho liner. I've also used it alone down to 20-22 several times. The current Hudson River quilts are listed as a flat 20 degrees.

    My current mindset says that I need to buy one product that will cover 80-90 percent of my needs and then supplement the other 10-20 percent of the time. For me that's a 20 degree quilt. Depending on your funds, your mileage may vary. If I somehow get rich, my mindset may change.

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    It doesn't matter that much, honestly: if you get the colder-rated quilt, you can always vent it, at the cost of slightly more weight carried when it's warm. If you get the warmer-rated quilt, you can always layer it, at theh cost of slightly more weight carried when it's cold. Either way isn't exactly the end of the world.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sidneyhornblower View Post
    My current mindset says that I need to buy one product that will cover 80-90 percent of my needs and then supplement the other 10-20 percent of the time.
    That's good advice. I never wanted to vent a warm quilt in hot weather. One way or another, that puffy down is close/hugging your body. Down has a way of catching and radiating your body heat back towards you. The last thing I want to do on a hot day/warm night is have that anywhere near me.

    But after winter camping a few times, I bet most people just pop for a separate quilt to be safe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pmayojr87 View Post
    I'm trying to figure out what temperature underquilt (and top quilt for that matter) I should get for winter. I have a Costco DIY UQ that I made for warmer weather. I cant decide if 20 degrees will be enough or if I should go ahead and get a 0 degree. Most of my winters will be in the nc mountains and possibly going up north to WV also.

    I really like the JRB high Sierra snivvler and the mt Washington 4.

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    If this is for Winter Only....get the 0º and know you'll be warm.
    The High Sierra Sniveller is such a right goodie.
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    I was in your very same boat 2 years ago: made the Costco Gemini and was able to get to 30 comfortably with a 20 TQ. So I went ahead and got a 0° Incubator and couldn’t be happier. The Gemini and 0° fit pretty much any temperature range I’ve encountered, including one sub zero night where I stacked them.


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