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    Probably a stupid question about TQ temp ratings w/ UQs...

    So a 20* rated bag would be good for 20*, but how does temp ratings come into play with UQ's?

    I have a 20* UQ, would I need a 20* TQ for temps in the 20*'s or could I go with a lighter TQ since it'll be warmer with the UQ?


    I'm a hot sleeper.

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    The temp ratings are based off of loft... If you plan on sleeping in 20*, get 20* gear... Some people are of course warmer or cooler than others... And some people do find that in the 40's they use their 20* under with a 40* on top... They use the analogy that you at the house you use the same mattress and just change the sheets and blankets in winter... It really is just going to be try it and find out to find a for sure answer...
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    I know with sleeping bags they specify what ground pad is used to achieve that rating. I'm not sure how that relates to hammock TQ/UQ rigs though. Good question!

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    Quote Originally Posted by OldRagFreeze View Post
    I know with sleeping bags they specify what ground pad is used to achieve that rating. I'm not sure how that relates to hammock TQ/UQ rigs though. Good question!
    Nothing else is needed to achieve their rating (for the average user). if you plan to sleep down to 20*, best to get a 20* quilt (as others have said). If you're a hot sleeper, you can vent a bit. Now, if you're a notoriously cold sleeper, you might want to get something rated a bit colder.

    The nice thing about our cottage vendors is that their ratings for TQ/UQ are actually pretty close for most for comfort sleeping. Not rated for what will keep you alive (but not comfortable) like many, many commercial sleeping bags out there.
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    The EN ratings I have seen on commercial sleeping bags give a comfort and lower end rating. The comfort number also suggest this should be used for a women and lower number to be used for a man. I am man but a cold sleeper and have read to choose EN ratings on bags for a women which tend to be about 10 degrees higher. So comparing that to our cottage vendors tq and uq with no EN ratings to compare to, I wonder if a 20* quilt is really comfortable for me to only 30* as a cold sleeper.

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    I've been wondering the same thing. I'm thinking 40 deg tq with a 20 uq should get me thought most of the year in Arkansas.

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    Just took my 20* HG Phoenix on her maiden voyage and down to the low 20's with a sierra designs 30* bag opened as a top quilt. Woke up warm and other times cold but I think the cold had to do more with user error than anything else. I am a hot sleeper as well. That said, I say, when in doubt...go warmer! I plan to use my 20* Phoenix well into the semi warmer months.

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    I did an overnighter used a 20* UQ and a 45* TQ temps got down to 28* and I stayed nice and warm, But that is me and what works for me may not work for others . The safe bet IMO would be to match your TQ & UQ for the temps you are expecting.

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    Think of it this way if you had an under quilt of X rating an used no TQ what temp would would you expect to be warm to? Not even close should be the ratting. UQ & TQ should be considered a system, both pieces working together to keep warmth 360 degrees around you. If one or the other is underrated most folks will be chilled in that area, hence your chilled. Match them up for the temps you need to get to and you will be much happier.
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    Thanks for the replies.

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