> don't quite understand what you mean by pulling it over your head. Wouldn't that
> introduce moist air being breathed into the quilt. If it's a down quilt that would
> pose issues wouldn't it ??
It would pose issues IF your head is right under the hood. But it does not have to be so, just as a mummy bag hood does not have to cover your face.
I am sure I have a really good photo ... somewhere... of Sue under her quilt with just a little of her face showing out the side. Her hood was right over her head, but NOT over her face. Eyes and nose and mouth showing, but not much else!
Ah yes, here it is:
> How does a quilt with a hood built in work ??
Ah - treat the hood as a sort of extension to the body, and put the whole hood over the top of your head. So the hood bit covers your head but not your face. It is best if the hood is in the middle of the top edge. Obviously, since it is only covering your head, it does not need to be as wide as the part covering your shoulders.
> I would have thought a good beanie, balaclava or down hood would be better suited.
Oh, when its cold my wife wears a custom fleece beanie as well. She also wears it sitting up in the tent eating dinner or breakfast, so she has it with her anyhow. Why not?