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    Overstuffing

    Can i ask for some advice on ordering extra ozs of down when ordering UQs and TQs. I'm thinking of getting a 0* Incubator and 20* Burrow to cover all eventualities. I can vent the UQ if it gets to warm.

    I see many people adding a couple of extra oz to their order to overstuff their quilts. What would be the benefit of adding 2 extra oz to a 20* quilt compared to the standard stuffed 0* quilt? What sort of temp rating would a 20* incubator have with 2 extra oz of down?

    I'm wondering if a 20* incubator with 2oz extra down would be a better option than the std. 0* version. I'm unlikely to use it down to 0*F in the UK.

    I'm guessing that the answer will be a 10* incubator that weighs 2 oz less than the 0*, is this about right?

    Thanks in advance. I want to get my choice right first time.

    Mark
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    overstuffing can be misleading .... 2oz is max IMO
    any more and there is no real gain 2oz overstuff will give you a few degrees more warmth but 2inch baffles are still 2inch baffles and down can only loft with the airspace provided
    some members have taken overstuffed quilts down below there rating but rating will differ from person to person and IMO it's not safe to rely on a 20F TQ in 3F weather

    if you getting a 20F TQ with 2oz of overstuff it's still a 20F TQ with a little more down
    just my take on it ...
    It puts the Underquilt on it's hammock ... It does this whenever it gets cold

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    FWIW, I have a 0* Incubator and an over stuffed (+3oz) 20* Incubator. I would take the 0 down to zero, but not the over stuffed 20. For the overstuffed 20, I would go no lower than 10-15*F.

    I'm a cold sleeper.

    S

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    Thanks for the advice, it makes the decision a lot easier. Overstuffing just adds a little comfort but doesn't re-rate the quilts temp rating. I'll go for the 0* incubator and speak to Adam to see whether i need any overstuffing, but I don't think I will.

    Thanks again.

    Mark

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    Good choice. I believe that the 0* will have slightly bigger baffles too, but check w/ Adam.

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    yeah it doesn't re-rate the quilt at all. like i said down can only loft as much as the airspace given ...
    It puts the Underquilt on it's hammock ... It does this whenever it gets cold

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    I thought the temp rating came from the loft not the ounces of down in the quilt. I believe there is a really long thread that goes over this exact topic better.

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