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    TQ question

    I just started hanging this summer on a couple river trips. I'm a pretty active sleeper and I've never liked mummy style sleeping bags as a ground dweller. I like a lot of leg movement room. I have an REI light weight rectangle bag, and a nice down Kelty pseudo-rectangle bag. They both have worked pretty well in the hammock (after I got a KAQ to combat cbs). I'm starting to think about getting an actual TQ. They all seem a bit "mummy like" to me. Any thoughts? Is there a particular TQ that's more roomy in the footbox?
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    Unless you are planning on sleeping in really cold weather (and even then you can do it with the right underlayer clothing) you could get just about any of the cottage TQ's that are offered without a footbox and instead use snaps or cordage. Would than provide you the ability to have your feet not boxed up in a nice warm little area, or if you like the foot warmth, button/tighten it up.

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    I have severe claustrophobia(ish) feelings when my legs are stuck together. Can't sleep in a mummy bag because of it.

    BUT a TQ with a footbox works fine for me because its so easy to take one foot out for a sec to move it around and my knees are free to spread.

    I sleep as well in a TQ as I can in a full rectangle bag or bed for that matter. I don't think I'll ever sleep in a bag again.

    Jbo

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    Yeah, what others have said. If you order, opt for the drawstring footbox instead of the sewn foot box. A lot more flexibility that way.
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    Having lots of space is all well and fine until the temps get low enough. Mummy bags are not just smaller to reduce bulk, it is also to have fewer cubic inches to warm.
    Having extra room for your legs can also mean cold legs.

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    jbo_c already wrote exactly what I planned.

    No claustrophobia in a TQ.
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    besides being cheaper, the other reason I made both my winter and summer top quilts was so they worked the way I wanted them to work. My summer one has a drawstring at the bottom. It's usually left un-drawn and the quilt is flat. If the temps do dip at night, I just reach down and cinch it up. My winter is sewn shut but not as far up as some of the pictures I've seen of other's winter quilts. I too don't like my feet to be confined but on the other hand, I do like to have warm feet when the temps dip down. My winter quilt also has a drawsting at the head end, the summer one does not. If you're not able to make your own quilts, try talking with some of the quilt makers here and see if they could custom make you a quilt.
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