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    Will sleeping in my down pants/jacket boost my temp rating?

    I have a warbonnet 3 season top quilt. It comes up to my neck.

    I was thinking of just sleeping in my down pants and jacket.

    Since the TQ will not compress like a sleeping bag I suspect I will get plenty of loft.

    Thoughts?

    I think I will probably still sleep with a full length UQ with a lower temp rating though.

    Have any of you experimented with this?

    I"m trying to avoid an insane budget for this winter.

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    Without an UQ, you will still lose heat due to the compression of the back of your jacket and the back of your legs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bubba View Post
    Without an UQ, you will still lose heat due to the compression of the back of your jacket and the back of your legs.
    Well I'm planning on HAVING a UQ... it will either be my existing 3/4 3 season or a full length 4 season ... though I'm thinking the full length as I would rather be a bit warm.

    The pulk will help offset some of the weight.

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    You'll basically be inside an uncompressed down sleeping bag, plus dressed in down clothes - I reckon you'll be warm enough!

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    Quote Originally Posted by burtonator View Post
    I have a warbonnet 3 season top quilt. It comes up to my neck.

    I was thinking of just sleeping in my down pants and jacket.

    Since the TQ will not compress like a sleeping bag I suspect I will get plenty of loft.

    Thoughts?

    I think I will probably still sleep with a full length UQ with a lower temp rating though.

    Have any of you experimented with this?

    I"m trying to avoid an insane budget for this winter.
    Yes, on top! Should, depending on the pants/jacket, have the same effect as adding a summer top quilt under your 3 season TQ. It should have ~ the same effect as however much you increase the top layer's loft. Just another version of layering.
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    i've taken a 35 top quilt down to the mid teens wearing montbell down pants and a WM flash jacket, black rock beanie and goose feet socks.

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    A pad under your shoulders and butt will help.
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    Your top layers will work. Note that Tewa has good insulation on his feet and head, not just the torso and legs.

    Cheap, warm, light, you get to pick two.

    UQs are nicer, but you can winter hang on a couple of stacked 3/8 inch foam pads. Any uncompressed insulation works there, some are lighter. Those sculptured pad bumps are not advantageous in the cold, I used wider, flat pads in order to roll them smaller.

    I had no problems with condensation under me in the mid- to lower 20s, due to the dry air between snow storms, when using two pads last winter. I was wearing wool and polyester base and mid-layers. I carried the huge pad roll on the outside of my pack, battery style, but no one else was out there to laugh at me. Does no photos mean that didn't happen?

    Combine what you already have under you, same as you are doing now with your top layers.

    Breathing through a balaclava, bib, or mask, is much warmer than just a hood. I wear my thin fleece cap, folded down over my eyes for warmth when sleeping in the cold, regardless of the other, thicker insulation on the rest of my head. I can then feel my breath leaking out of the fleece balaclava onto my eyes, feels good. With cap, balaclava, and light down parka hood, that is three layers on parts of my head.
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    It'll help somewhat. Like others have said, the portions that get compressed won't insulate that we'll. But...it sure makes climbing into cold bedding more tolerable I've found synthetic fill pants and jacket do help me stay comfy down under the quilt's rating.

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    I'm a warm sleeper but I took a 45* TQ down to 29*(and think I could have gone 5*-10* lower) wearing mid weight top and bottoms but I kept my head and feet warm 2 pairs of good socks on my feet and a Columbia fleece balaclava and a blackrock hat...So I think the down top and bottom would help quite a bit. IMO I think that bottom insulation is the key to this I was using a 20* UQ

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