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    3/4 vs full

    I am looking to buy my first underquilt and I can not decide between a 3/4 length or a full length.

    My environment includes summers that are 60-90F, spring and falls temps of 40-60F. Winters are below 40 to 10F which I really don't do too much camping in.

    For those Canadians, I will do alot of camping in Ontario or in New York state.

    I am thinking a 3/4 is good enough and adding a pad should be enough to get me by in the late fall and early spring months.

    Your help, and experience would be greatly appreciated.
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    Just depends if you want to mess with a pad. I just purchased a 3/4 and now buying a full length. I want to drop the pad and I also think it will be less adjusting with the full length.

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    This is such personal choice and depends on your priorities, hiking style and other gear.
    I find a 3/4 and pad are lighter and take up less room in my pack. I like to take a sit pad anyway. Also I am cheap so 3/4 fit my budget better
    Also it is easy to have a summer 3/4 and a shoulder season 3/4 and use both for winter.
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    hmm good points. I am used to carrying 85L+ worth of gear. That is a big bag!
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    I like having the pad in case I ever have to go to the ground. Plus other functions.

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    I like the full length, less fuss for colder weather.

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    For cooler weather I love my full UQ but have been considering a 3/4 UQ for the warmer seasons, thinking of getting a 40* overstuffed by 2oz so it should be good to 30* in a pinch (at least in my mind) - really just trying to lower my pack weight and pack volume. But I really LOVE my UGQ UQ!!

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    I've been thinking of going the other way and getting a winter full length. I've seen it said that a full quilt has the possibility of bunching and leaving cold spots.

    As for the 3/4, I'm happy with mine and always have a sit pad or fleece that does what's needed for my legs anyways.

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    I have a 20 and 40 full length. There were times the temps dropped way below the forecast and I was glad to have the full length - just jump in and get cozy! My feet get cold first so the full length really helps and I can always supplement with a coat or small pad.

    Since I got the 20 I am considering selling the 40. I think a 3/4 would be nice for those 45-50 nights. They both pack to about the same size, so it's a bit of a waste now that I look at it.

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    You could have one custom made to fit you perfectly, longer than 3/4, but shorter than a full... Best of both worlds.......
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