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    Why not double up your under quilts in colder weather?

    I am new to under quilts, but is seems to me that it would be less expensive to have a warmer weather and cooler weather UQ and double these up in very cold weather, rather than have a 0* UQ. What is your experience and thoughts on this?

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    Have you thought about just adding a bag liner? I know some people down here that only have 40 degree under quilts that they use year round. When we travel to colder places, they use a bag liner under their top quilts. Been down to 25 degrees and they've never had a problem.

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    Weight, and another set of cords I would think...If they are down you would have to be careful not to let one compress the other and realistically you would loose some insulation value due to this inevitably happening...

    Or at least that is my guess, I haven't heard of too many people doing it... but some do add an extra layer of some kind of synthetic insulation or thin pad in there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobwhite View Post
    I am new to under quilts, but is seems to me that it would be less expensive to have a warmer weather and cooler weather UQ and double these up in very cold weather, rather than have a 0* UQ. What is your experience and thoughts on this?
    If you have to buy just one UQ then I would buy the one that you will need for the coldest conditions you think you will ever need (ok so probably 20* would be your best bet... if you're planning on going below 20* then you really should have special "super cold" gear anyway). It is much easier to vent an underquilt that is too warm. Then you always have the one that you need with you no matter what the conditions are.

    I have a 20* UQ and use it year round (ok so technically it's too frickin' hot and humid from May-Sep so I don't hang during those months ) in central FL and it works perfectly. If you will be in conditions that will be pushing the limits of your UQ then you can probably get by with bundling up a bit more... or an extra layer for your UQ.

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    Stacking UQ's works pretty well actually. I've stacked a 20* and 40* Phoenix together, it allowed me to cheat one further toward my feet which was nice. I opened up the ends of the lower quilt a fair bit so as not to crush the loft of the upper quilt. I would say the only down side (no pun intended) is if you decide to loosen up the suspension on one of your quilts, you'll need to dial it back in afterwards so it can be used separately.


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    http://www.hammockquilts.com/apps/vi...or-deep-winter

    One quilt manufacturer agrees with your premise of stacking quilts for warmth.

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    Yea, do that all the time when it gets below about 32f / 0c. Works quite well!
    Just be SURE to not have the lower UQ compress the upper one. & that my friend requires a very delicate touch, so I suggest setting it up BEFORE need, maybe with someone your size in the hammock & you adjust the quilts to "Just right". Also, adding a weather shield type of undercover (Under both [all 3?] quilts) can add quite a few degrees with minimal weight cost.
    Ive used up to 3 quilts, but even at zero F, it is WAY too much insulation for me, so I sweat, when I sweat I get WET, & when I get wet I get cold. So for me 3 be too many.
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    my warmer weather UQ is a 30* and my cooler weather UQ is a 0* and in the winter I'll stack them sometimes.... in the winter here weight is not as much a factor as I pull gear in a sled. This method works well.

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    Stacking works for me, modular systems make sense in winter when conditions can fluctuate wildly.

    Heavier, a bit more fiddly but a much more flexible way of doing things.

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    I use insultex next to the hammock and down wrapped around the IX. Adds significantly to the capacity of either individually. Don't have to worry about compressing the IX.
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