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    Battle of the UnderQuilts: First draft

    Warning: this is another 'witch UQ should I choose' topic.


    I have a few months to choose my first UQ and I would like to hear everyone's suggestions. I browsed trough entire UQ sub-forum and learned a lot but it's not easy to decide between all the great fabricators.

    I'll be camping in mild and very hot weather, for now, with night temperatures as high as 30C and low as 5C. My current setup is: WBBB, Exped Wallcreeper and a thin Exped MultiMat. I'm pretty sure this will work in the heat of the summer but I was getting 'cold butt syndrome' at around 10-15C. I must admit that I've never slept in adverse (outdoor) conditions but I think I qualify as a hot (or at worst, neutral) sleeper.
    Most of my trips are by motorcycle so weight is not an issue, but bulk is. I have limited space for an UQ therefor I'm not considering synthetics. Price is important and I'm looking to spend as little as possible for a quality gear.

    I'm also on the fence about full length or 2/3 UQs. I'm 190cm/6'2'' tall and I would like full body coverage but facts like warm weather, warm sleeper, low bulk and low cost are pushing me toward 2/3 cut.

    Here is how I see it at the moment:
    Please forgive my childish handwriting.



    I almost feel guilty for choosing one cottage-industry fabricator over an other because they are all great people and make quality products. Crossed out are the Quilts that are too expensive or to warm for me. Highlighted are my considerations. I'm open to any suggestion and critique. If vendors want to chime in, I'd like to hear what they think.



    Cheers.

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    Senior Member TinaLouise's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Balkan boy View Post
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    I'm also on the fence about full length or 2/3 UQs. I'm 190cm/6'2'' tall and I would like full body coverage but facts like warm weather, warm sleeper, low bulk and low cost are pushing me toward 2/3 cut.
    Cheers.
    In reguards to the full length or 2/3's UQ.... I'm an extreamly cold sleeper (especially after back surgery and having a ton of metal put in me) and my UQ only goes from my feet to my shoulders. I will have something else for insulation for my head, like a pillow or my jacket. This works for me and I don't have to carry a longer quilt for the head area. Hope that helps with you deciding how long a quilt you need. By having my jacket under my head, my full body is covered.

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    I think you've boiled it down to some great choices to fit your needs. There's a lot of value for the money there. Any one of them will work nicely.

    That JRB Greylock's introductory price at only $15 more than lowest 40F quilt price you have highlighted is a great deal for a 20F quilt.
    I think that when the lies are all told and forgot the truth will be there yet. It dont move about from place to place and it dont change from time to time. You cant corrupt it any more than you can salt salt. - Cormac McCarthy

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    No complaints here about my Underground Quilt. If you want to go full length its a great value. Its width makes it forgiving to user error, IMO. All good quilts can't really go wrong.

    As far as full length vs 3/4, its a personal choice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by angrysparrow View Post
    I think you've boiled it down to some great choices to fit your needs. There's a lot of value for the money there. Any one of them will work nicely.

    That JRB Greylock's introductory price at only $15 more than lowest 40F quilt price you have highlighted is a great deal for a 20F quilt.
    I agree with everything angrysparrow chirped.

    As a dedicated partial length UQ user, or course my recomendation will be for the 3/4. The fact that you specifically listed "bulk" as a concern, just makes me think it will be the better choice. It really is just a personal preference IMO. I've been as low temp wise as folks using full length, although when it really gets cold, there is some creativity that comes into play with staying warm.
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    With regards to the Underground Quilts, IIRC you can just e-mail Paul if you want a shorter length. It will be cheaper since it will be shorter as well.
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    I have and really really like my 40 degree Underground UQ...excellent made,,very nice,,use it in the house at 70 degrees vented and it works perfectly,,can't wait to get it outdoors in the summer to use..vents fantastically. And the wife likes her 50 degree Jarbridge from Arrowhead too,,it works great for her as she is a hot sleeper. So take your pics,,down or synthetic, Both work great. One is full length quilt,,other is 3/4,,but fits her to a tee,,as she is only 5'2". I also had Paul of Underground Quilts also make me a 50 degree Top Quilt with 5 oz of 850 down that is on its way to me right now. Can't wait to get it as I know it will rock and do what I want as for coverage. Will report on it with pics when i get it and get time too.
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    I'm interested to find out what you choose as I'm making the same decision. I'm leaning toward HG, but I don't think there is a bad choice.

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    Quilts aside, who is the greatest fabricator?
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    Quote Originally Posted by oldgringo View Post
    Quilts aside, who is the greatest fabricator?
    Watch out....OG is chumming.
    I think that when the lies are all told and forgot the truth will be there yet. It dont move about from place to place and it dont change from time to time. You cant corrupt it any more than you can salt salt. - Cormac McCarthy

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