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    Yeti - enough $ for 3 season or winter - help!

    Hi!

    I just bought a wbbb and only have enough $ for either the 3 season or winter uq (not both). Which would you get?

    I backpack in the Sierra Mountains (Yosemite/Tahoe). I also enjoying snow shoeing and sleeping in snow caves and trenches. I would say I go 2 weekends per season. So 3/4 of the time in 3 seasons.

    Is the winter yeti's additional 6 oz and bulk a burden to carry around all year?

    Thanks!

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    I would get the 3 season one and supplement with a piece of CCF pad if you will be in colder conditions than it is rated for.

    What lows do you normally see where you camp?
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    I agree with angrysparrow. If the majority of your time is 3 season, then get a 3 season UQ and supplement for winter. Are you a cold or warm sleeper?
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    I was in a similar boat and bought the winter, I'd rather have and not need than need and not have, I consider them comfort ounces and it'll also let me skimp a little on my top quilt since my bottom and sides are extra insulated. Seems it's easy enough to get cold spots when you don't hang it right so I just plan on doing that in the summer haha. In a place with chaotic weather I'd probably want to have worst case scenerio items with me anyways.
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    Consider where you are going and how high - if you are going subalpine and alpine, the likelihood of going to ground increases. I would take a full length pad and 3 season yeti, or just take a ccf and the Neoair and no underquilt at all, if I expected to be hiking at high elevations. If I am confident that I will be hiking high and camping below 10,000 feet each night I will go with an underquilt and ccf.

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    I too would recommend getting the 3 season Yeti and supplementing it with a pad for colder temps if you are only camping in winter a couple times a year.

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    I'm in the same boat as you. I opted for the 3s crowsnest and take it with me everywhere in the Sierras and have been fine. Two months ago I got her down to -7f and was toasty with the supplemental gear (ccf pad for my feet) I brought.

    Bottom line, if you aren't going to be in that cold of weather, the 3s uqs will be more than adequate imo.
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    I agree with the above comments for 3 season... however I have a recent take on the subject.

    I took the 3S Yeti out this past weekend in 35*F temps. I've tested it down to 27*F with very little issue (I'm a cool sleeper). It was gusting something fierce and pitched my tarp as low as I could but at 40mph gusts it still got under my hammock.

    with every huge blast of wind it took some heat from me. Now at still weather the yeti is true to rating. When placed in gusting conditions you'll need to have a decent tarp or possibly bring a weather shield to shield the yeti from the wind. The gusts were unexpected in my case.
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    i've found an 1/8" of mini-cell foam adds at least 15 deg to my 3 season setup

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    Usually when I'm showshoeing I have a big down coat and insulated over pants for when I stop to camp.
    If you carry the same you could sleep in them adding many degrees to your 3S kit.

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