A sleeping bag is gonna be way heavier than a TQ. Keep an eye on the For Sale forum you might be able to catch a deal there. Or look into a poncho liner, not sure how low of temps they can handle but they are certainly inexpensive.
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For what it's worth, I saw a nice looking sewing machine at the Good-Will store in Chatham just a few days ago. Looked like a solid model from a couple years back. Can't remember the name, but it was creme colored and had a lift-off cover. Sticker said $29.99
My new top quilt weighs in at 491 grams. It's rated for 20 degrees, plus VBL good for another 10 to 15. I'm thrilled!
With our powers combined... we should be able to get these hammocks out of the dirt.
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
It's not the fall im scared of, it's the sudden stop at the end!!!
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Best of luck then. Of course we are here to help if you want it. Enjoy your new set ups.
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Weight is very objective. How big are you, height and weight, are you a cold or warm sleeper, are you car camping or backpacking ??? A hammock, tent, Sleeping Bag, TQ, UQ ect that is an ideal size/weight for my wife at 5ft 3 would be way too small for me at 6ft 2. Example.. The Arrowhead Jarbridge UQ (of which I own several) is a 3/4 length for me but full length for my wife.
My wife uses a mummy sleeping bag and is a blast furnace so she opens it up and sleeps on top of it, wraps the open sides over her and is comfortable.
Me, I am a cold sleeper so I need more insulation ( of course it doesn't help that I am on blood thinners so I am more susceptible to cold than when I was younger)