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    Sleeping bags in hammock not getting proper appreciation

    How many bag users out there think sleeping bags are not getting the proper appreciation on HF? Newbies get the impression that they just can't use them at all. That they have to immediately sell their bags and have a top quilt. While I do admit in a bottom loader they can be a bit of a pain. But in a top loader during cold, cold temps, I appreciate that I'm not constantly tucking and fighting icy drafts when I move around which is quite a bit. Yeah, it takes a little shifting to get the zipper up but then I'm good to go. Is it because I have a full zipper on my bag that I don't think it's such a big deal to always have a quilt?

    I know I'm probably in minority, but certainly I'm not the only bag believer on this forum.
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    Thats all I use in my hammocks, they work just fine with some sort of pad/insulation on the bottom side.

    I have been able to do 19 degrees in my hammock with a sleeping bag and foam pad.

    Yes, sleeping bags do not get enough credit.......

    Randy

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    Sooo, does that mean you'll sell me your te-wa and mw4 for cheap? hmmm, huh, will ya?

    I use my bag for now, but its too bulky to really pack around with. Comfort, warmth, are all there. But its a huge synthetic bag circa 1983, so you get the idea.
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    I agree ..... SB or TQ ...... they all work.
    I agree that a TQ is not NEEDED ...... just like a UQ is not NEEDED ..... just fun and nice to have for we serious players of gear.
    Not a matter of need ... it is a matter of want.
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    I have to agree. I like tucking in a bag even a super light tiny one. like my 55 degree rei bag I use all the time. When the bag gets up over my shoulders to my neck and seals it makes a huge difference. It feels so goooooooood!

    I will probably always use my bag that is almost just a bag liner even when I add a quilt to it for really cold nights.

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    I'd still use my bag if it gets below mid-teens. I just leave it zipped open like a quilt.

    I agree, a TQ isn't something you really need.

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    I am a bag lover as well - if it's warm enough that I'm likely to need to vent, I can put the bag over top of me and use it like a quilt, and if it's pushing the temp limits of the bag, I can zip up inside, where I won't have to worry about drafts and I can use the hood.


    And I don't care how much people praise the down hoods that velcro in place, there is NO WAY they are as warm as the 3 inches of loft surrounding everything but my nose and mouth when I've got the hood on my mummy bag cinched up.


    For ultra cold weather, I don't ever see myself going to a top quilt. I might make one, for weight savings, for say 50+ degree weather, but when it's cold, give me a bag every time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gargoyle View Post
    Sooo, does that mean you'll sell me your te-wa and mw4 for cheap? hmmm, huh, will ya?
    what's the saying about prying out of my cold dead hands. I didn't clarify very well, just speaking about bags as topquilts. Love, love my underquilts!

    And I do like the weight savings of topquilts, just sayin' if you are a newbie, you don't have to sell your bag immediately. Give the bag a try as topquilt.
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    I agree that once I get situated my mummy is the lap of luxury. I don't, however, enjoy cage fighting with the bag and zipper. I especially hate it @ 3am when I need to jump out/in quickly.

    I just ordered a quilt.
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    sleeping bag will work just fine as a top quilt ...but i like the packablity of a good down quilt
    It puts the Underquilt on it's hammock ... It does this whenever it gets cold

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