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  1. #1
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    If I can only have one...

    how to choose 'the right' underquilt?

    I am looking at bang for my buck 3 season comfort without the overkill. On the spectrum, I'd say I sleep on the colder side.

    I am considering the HG Incubator line (short -73 in. model)
    the 40 degree as it comes, 40+2oz fill and the 20 degree options.

    This will be for 3 season use in Arizona conditions ranging from 20-70F lows. Most my current plans will be for relatively fair weather car camping excursions or short hikes so weight is not an issue. I will likely choose lighter components as I stick with the practice, get out more and further away (I've only been here a few days and am no longer surprised at how one can acquire a mix and match set up of 5 or 6 different rigs).

    My current 'TQ' solution is an plain oversized cotton fill Coleman (claimed for 40-20 degrees) sleeping bag, which would likely need upgrading if I were to run up against snow and/or freezing temps, but I would like to secure a good UQ before looking into a dedicated TQ as I can layer with clothing in the meantime if necessary.

    My general line of thought is it would be easier to vent excess warmth than it is to generate additional heat beyond gear. My questions are, would the 20 degree be overkill altogether if I do not intend to go out looking for sub freezing temps, or does it simply allow me the option of a lighter TQ solution inside the hammock at higher temps?

    I appreciate in advance the experience, opinions, and any recommendations.

    -LostAloft

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    If you sleep cold, go with a warmer underquilt. Take the 20 Incubator, especially if there's a chance that temperatures might be in the 20s. I can only use mine down to 32 before having to supplement (but I'm an extremely cold sleeper).

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    Get an underquilt to take you to the COLDEST temperature that you camp in.
    You cannot appreciably augment an underquilt. For instance, let's say you wear a down jacket to bed. The down in the jacket that is under you will crush and loose it's ability to insulate.
    That same jacket will be puffy on top of you and WILL supplement the topquilt.
    So, don't compromise on the underquilt but do compromise on the topquilt, as long as you normally pack some warm clothes.
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    If I may, without stealing the op's thread, if you go this low and are looming for a single quilt, will you be too hot at 45-50?

    Would an uq protector give you any more range that using the quilt alone?

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    You won't be too hot at 45-50 you can't simply loosen the ends to vent. I would go with the 20 it is very versatile up to maybe 70. I only take my summer quilt when I know the temp won't be below 50.

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    As others have echoed, I would suggest the 20. I personally have a Phoenix 40, and will be purchasing an Incubator 20, which will each have separate purposes. I hope to use the Phoenix most for backpacking, and the Incubator for more relaxed camping opportunities.
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    20* Incubator, enough said.

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    Is there any reson in particular that you must go with down for an underquilt? If you will be seeing a minimum of about 20, why not look at an AHE uq with the free apex upgrade? From what i hear most users get good results with those quilts down into the 20's. Just another option out there for you if synthetics isnt out of the question.
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    20 Incubator is a great UQ. I had +1oz put in mine and recently took it down to 7 without even trying - just my usual thin long sleeve base shirt and bottoms.

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    20 degree IMO. Since you are a cold sleeper its better to go with what's warmer. It's considerable how much convective heat loss there is in a hammock.
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