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    "a section hike in march on the AT"
    I'm pretty sure those that have done this will suggest full winter TQ and UQ?
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    Senior Member ragnall's Avatar
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    I have a 20* uq and a 25-30* tq. on our last hike at Big South Fork it got down into the mid-20's at night. I woke up cold a couple of times each night. It wasn't bad, but I was a little cold. By wearing my down jacket and using some chemical hand warmers I was fine, but still I feel at the bottom end of my comfort zone with that set up. That said, when it gets hot I find myself wishing for a lighter/cooler set up. I do think the 15-20* range is a good place to start, but you will run into conditions around here that it is not ideal for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ragnall View Post
    I have a 20* uq and a 25-30* tq. on our last hike at Big South Fork it got down into the mid-20's at night. I woke up cold a couple of times each night. It wasn't bad, but I was a little cold. By wearing my down jacket and using some chemical hand warmers I was fine, but still I feel at the bottom end of my comfort zone with that set up. That said, when it gets hot I find myself wishing for a lighter/cooler set up. I do think the 15-20* range is a good place to start, but you will run into conditions around here that it is not ideal for.

    Ragnall
    I've heard about but never used chemical hand warmers. Fill me in.

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    I am a firm believer in the 20* setup. I have found that on those hot summer nights I don't use a UQ at all and my 20 degree tq is easy to just throw off of myself if I get a little warm. When it gets down below the 60s overnight the 20* uq is not bad and can be hung loosely to allow some air between yourself and the quilt. Also, you can always vent the tq as well. Just a lot more versatility with the 20* and no concerns during the winter.
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