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    do i need an underquilt?

    Hello all, I wanted to reach out to the experts on this matter. I live in western North Carolina where temps go well below freezing and sometimes single digits during winter nights. At least they do when im 5000 feet up. Is an UQ a must? I have been using my thermarest and a 35* bag which works for 3 seasons. I will be heading out for 5 nights in late December and am starting to second guess my set up. Have any of you done well without an UQ during low teen temps?

    Thanks Brian

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    I believe you can double up with a ccf pad and your thermarest to give you some extra protection. However, there is nothing like the toasty warmth of goose down beneath you.

    I will add that I was recently caught in a temp drop that I was unprepared for...ordered an UQ a week later. Once bitten, twice shy and all

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    I concur with Xristos, you will at the very least want to grab some CCF. A 0 degree UQ would be the most comfortable, IMHO. But with the cost of quilts, and if you're comfortable using a thermarest setup, grab a Walmart blue pad and go for it. I used the Thermarest/CCF combo fine down into the teens in the southern Georgia mountains. Wasn't cold at all with a good 0 degree bag. I then bought my first UQ from Hammockgear and haven't looked back since.

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    personally i hate the cold and anything to keep me warmer i say YES to

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    yes, Yes, YES!
    $$$, $$$, $$$!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Xristos View Post
    yes, Yes, YES!
    $$$, $$$, $$$!

    also true! for every (yes) equals extra money! but worth it!

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    You don't need a UQ for sure. Nice though as I can attest.
    Double your pads in and SPE ( ENO Hot Spot ).
    That will get you down in temps a great deal.
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    "Do I need an underquilt?"

    Do you need to be warm and comfy?

    You'd love an underquilt but as Shug says, you can get by without one.
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    Well you've got your answer; if you can afford it get the UQ and personally I'd recommend a full lenght one. I got a 3/4 Phoenix to begin with and love it, however, my feet did get cold. The weight difference between a full length and a 3/4 isn't that much and I'd rather save weight somewhere else so I can be truly comfortable when I sleep.

    Also, I'd recommend a 0 degree UQ so you're comfortable. Again you can work on eliminating weight elsewhere but I found a 20 degree UQ to be barely enough when the temperature got to 35 or 36; I'd rather have degrees to spare so to speak.

    It's been expensive but I've been outfitting my son so he can come with me; this leaves me with a Phoenix 3/4 20 degree UQ and a full length 0 degree UQ; gives me something for spring and early fall and then the full length UQ for the colder stuff.

    Hammocks aren't very expensive but these UQ's and TQ's sure are But they're great equipment and make a huge difference.
    Last edited by Gideon; 10-21-2012 at 10:22.

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    Do you need a house, do you need a car, do you need oxygen? Ok maybe the last one is a non negotiable, but an underquilt can improve life about as much as the other things mentioned.

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