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    For those using a sleeping bag as a TQ

    Wondering if it would be best to have a shorter bag. I'm 6' and thought maybe a regular length or a women's length might be better. There would be less bag to deal with (weight, although minimal), no hood to get in the way, and I think it'd fit right up under my chin. Does this make any sense?
    I'm gonna order one today to make sure I have it for next weekend's plans and am tryin to figure this out.

    Thanks again.

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    I took mine to the local tailor and had the hood cut off. I haven't tried it yet but it looks like it will work.

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    People always talk about the hood getting in the way, but I really like it. With the open zipper under me the hood is off to one side and since I tend to sleep partially on my side it makes a great pillow. It just depends on how you like to sleep.
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    I use a full sleeping bag as tq and would keep it that way. It has never gotten in the way and has been useful for many situations. Using it will show you what is best for your particular situation..

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    I have had times I was glad I had the hood if the wind picked up during the night. It does make a good pillow like Oldragfreeze says too. I just like having the flexibility if I need it.

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    I think cutting the hood off is a fad. I am with the other posters here. I use a sleeping bag with hood outdoors, and a pltq indoors so I see both side of it. Honestly if my wife didn't keep it 80 in the house I would use my bag to have a built in pillow like suggested. As far as size, I would stick with one designed for 6ft.
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    My forum name is Fish<><; I'm in the navy; and I hate sleeping on the ground. If I didn't need ground to walk on or measure resistance to, I think I could happily give it up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OldRagFreeze View Post
    People always talk about the hood getting in the way, but I really like it. With the open zipper under me the hood is off to one side and since I tend to sleep partially on my side it makes a great pillow. It just depends on how you like to sleep.
    BOOM!! Exactly what I was just going to type. I haven't carried a pillow since my second time hanging because of this.

    I am considering a TQ to really cut down on bulk or simply out of boredom (NEED more gear), but the sleeping bag is just so comfortable. I appreciate my down mummy bags even more when temps are colder than expected and I can zip the hood around my head and have no chace of cold drafts entering.

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    Thanksd folks. I've been shopping for a good down bag today and havin a helluva time findin the right one at the right price.
    i think I want a 20* bag that I can keep warm with if I need it that cold, just the right one hasn't magically appeared yet.

    Search goes on.

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    Brutus, I went thru the same questions today in my head. My 30 degree back is a long, and I pulled the trigger on a regular(6') length 0 degree bag. We shall see, 4oz weight savings over the long though.

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    I grabbed a old bag cheap and chopped the hood off of it and then overstuffed it a bit with great down that I got last year from one of the guys here and I love it. I just opened each "cylinder" and gave it a bit of down and then ran a new seam up the side and joy oh joy. As for a pillow I have inflatable pillows that weight next to nothing with a fuzzy soft stuff sack of a cover.
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