Page 1 of 4 123 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 34
  1. #1
    Senior Member Roadtorque's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Location
    Phoenix, Arizona
    Hammock
    Warbonnet BB
    Tarp
    Custom OES BatCave
    Insulation
    JRB quilts
    Suspension
    Whoopies
    Posts
    1,117

    Sleeping bag efficiency when used as a TQ

    For the last month or so I have been on the road and sleeping in my sleeping bag (on a bed). I have been playing with the bag and find it most comfortable when laid out like a top quilt and partially zipped up to form a foot box. I have mostly slept like this although I have used it in typical sleeping bag mode too. I have consistently been finding that I sleep warmer when it's used in its traditional method vs unzipped like a tq. This has started me wondering about quilts vs sleeping bags while out hammock camping. Would a sleeping bag be warmer than a tq? Would a sleeping bag be warmer when zipped up vs used as a tq? I dont recall ever reading about this on hammock forums but I'm sure others have experiences with this as well.
    "The only rule to survivialin is NEVER GIVE UP"
    Swinginranger

  2. #2
    SmokeBait's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Location
    Defiance, Missouri
    Hammock
    Warbonett BB 1.1 DL
    Tarp
    BWDD Winter Dream2
    Insulation
    Winter Crowsnest
    Suspension
    whoopieslings.com
    Posts
    1,531
    I always used sleeping bags prior to learning of TQ's. I tend to think they can be warmer as they eliminate drafts. Down vs. synthetic can matter as down just doesn't insulate well when crushed underneath you. The main difference for me anyway, is getting in and out of a sleeping bag in a hammock can be a pain, depending on how it is cut of course. TQ's are so easy to use that I'd just never go back to a sleeping bag unless it was all I had. I suspect there will be a range of comments here as we all have our preferences.

  3. #3
    maybe could be less drafty, but if you tuck the topquilt in under you it makes a tight seal, moving around alot could cause a gap to open but they are easily sealed back up.

    when i've got the top cinched around my neck it's quite efficient. i am a pretty still sleeper though and that probably helps some too.

  4. #4
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Location
    CA Central Valley
    Hammock
    Warbonnet BB!
    Tarp
    MacCat Deluxe
    Insulation
    JRB HR (2)
    Posts
    1,340
    I hated sleeping bags. I love my quilts. I am warmer in the quilts than I ever was, but then again, I ended up with really dumbly rated sleeping bags, and chose a really good top quilt.

    I think the only thing that might force me back into a bag would be subzero temps. But I don't intend to do that on purpose either!

  5. #5
    Senior Member TadTheTinker's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    Jacksonville, Ar.
    Hammock
    Hammock Bliss No See Um
    Tarp
    Walmart Special
    Insulation
    Sleeping bag
    Suspension
    Whoopie Slings!
    Posts
    134
    Images
    3
    I am currently using a sleeping bag as my only cover. It can be a drag as the zipper may get turned to the bottom under you. Makes getting out interesting.

    I am trying to work out an under quilt without spending much in the way of money. I enjoy a challenge if nothing else.

    Beyond the zipper location I haven't really had any trouble out of my bag but that is just me.
    Help a Boy Scout Troop in your area - become a mentor.

    God created Firemen so cops would have heros.

  6. #6
    all secure in sector 7 Shug's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Location
    Minnesota
    Hammock
    DIY GreenBeanHammock
    Tarp
    DIY Tarps/HG Cuben
    Insulation
    Frankenquilt/Pod
    Suspension
    Whoopie Slings
    Posts
    15,740
    Images
    62
    I seem equally warm in either but I am a very still sleeper. Good tucking is the key....and a hood or hat.
    Shug
    Whooooo Buddy)))) All Good in the Backwood Hood.

    Shug's YouTube Videos

  7. #7
    Senior Member TadTheTinker's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    Jacksonville, Ar.
    Hammock
    Hammock Bliss No See Um
    Tarp
    Walmart Special
    Insulation
    Sleeping bag
    Suspension
    Whoopie Slings!
    Posts
    134
    Images
    3
    I sleep like a tornado in a trailer park.
    Help a Boy Scout Troop in your area - become a mentor.

    God created Firemen so cops would have heros.

  8. #8
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Location
    Kansas City, KS
    Hammock
    HH Explorer Deluxe+2QZQ Mod #4
    Tarp
    HH Hex w/ 2QZQ OFS
    Insulation
    OWL 20* TQ/UQ's
    Suspension
    Whoopies+Biner
    Posts
    1,305
    Quote Originally Posted by TadTheTinker View Post
    I sleep like a tornado in a trailer park.
    Same here. I've not made the plunge to give up my sleeping bag for a TQ yet...although I am now considering (finally? ) upgrading from my Army issued ICW to something lighter/less bulky.

    I still prefer to sleep IN the bag even in the hammock. Granted some compresses underneath me, but I've still got that seal of warm air around me, and as long as I've got something like my HHSS underneath the hammock, the heat loss from the compressed sleeping bag isn't noticeable.

  9. #9
    Senior Member Big Papi's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Location
    columbus, ohio
    Hammock
    eno doublenest
    Tarp
    Noah's Tarp 12
    Insulation
    HG + AHE tqs/uqs
    Suspension
    donated whoopies
    Posts
    367
    I personally like th top quilt better. I have done both, but seem to be warmer under the quilt. I move quite a bit while sleeping so the flexability it gives me is paramount

  10. #10
    Senior Member lizzie's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    Whittier, California
    Hammock
    ENO - DN
    Tarp
    DIY Spinn/ Tadpole
    Insulation
    Orca IX/Incubator
    Suspension
    Whoopie Slings
    Posts
    503
    My old down 3 season bag had a busted zipper and lay in a heap in the corner for years. So when I started reading about top quilts, I simply stitched the bottom third or so shut with a backstitch and, viola, it has worked very well as a TQ. In fact, I find it just as warm and a heck of a lot less constricting.

Similar Threads

  1. Knot efficiency question
    By TheQ in forum Suspension Systems, Ridgelines, & Bug Nets
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 11-30-2013, 11:12
  2. Setup order and efficiency
    By Chop in forum General Hammock Talk
    Replies: 8
    Last Post: 05-30-2011, 21:44
  3. Ruined by Efficiency
    By dvisic in forum Feedback, Suggestions, and Site Questions
    Replies: 9
    Last Post: 10-12-2010, 14:59

Tags for this Thread

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •