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Already have a 40 degre quilt, what to get for fall and winter?
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Already have a 40 degre quilt, what to get for fall and winter? on 08/22/2012 21:49:05 MDT Print View

I have a down GoLite 40 degree quilt. I'm quite happy with it, but I wouldn't trust it at anything below 45 or so.

This year I plan on doing some late fall and winter trips, expected temperatures are 10-30 degrees. Quite a spread but... What quilt/bag would you recommend?

I'm actually thinking of a quilt to cover 15/20-40 range and a bag to cover anything below that.

What do you think? Recommend?

zorobabel frankenstein
(zorobabel) - F

Locale: SoCal
bag+quilt on 08/22/2012 22:06:19 MDT Print View

Get a 20-ish degree bag for autumn, and bring both bag and quilt for winter.

Nick G
(HermesUL) - F
Warmer bags on 08/22/2012 22:26:03 MDT Print View

I can't speak for them myself, because I haven't gotten mine yet, but the Enlightened Equipment Revelation X quilts come on high recommendation from everyone I talk to. I plan on using a 0 degree Rev X quilt with a warm pad combo in winter, but haven't tested it.

Zpacks (I hear) makes nice bags, and even lighter. However, they are roughly $100-$200 more expensive, in my opinion not worth it for a couple ounces saved.

I'll soon be getting my UL sleeping bags in the mail (Rev X for winter, Golite Adrenaline for summer), so I'll be able to speak from experience rather than other's recommendation.

Mike Feldman

Locale: SE USA
Zpacks or Enlightenment on 08/22/2012 22:41:59 MDT Print View

I have a 20 degree Zpacks hybrid quilt bag w/2 ounces of overfill that for me is good to about 15 degrees. Joe has now a 10 degree bag. I have a couple synthetic quilts Tim Marshall made me 3 and 4 years ago. Both make nice quilts..

Dave -
(FamilyGuy) - F

Locale: Up there
Re: Already have a 40 degre quilt, what to get for fall and winter? on 08/22/2012 22:45:06 MDT Print View

Definitely not a quilt, especially without a bivy.

eric chan
(bearbreeder) - F
bag on 08/23/2012 01:02:22 MDT Print View

20F en-rated bag ... youll be good to ~0-10F

Dan Durston
(dandydan) - F

Quilts/Bags on 08/23/2012 14:05:09 MDT Print View

I'd push the 40F quilt to 30F with warm clothing/smart site selection and then grab a 15F bag for the winter stuff.

Tjaard Breeuwer
(Tjaard) - MLife

Locale: Minnesota, USA
Warm jacket, bivysack and 20 degree mummy on 08/23/2012 20:57:21 MDT Print View

I agree with people above.

Use high loft clothing to extend current quilt to just below freezing (when you'll be glad with the warm clothes anyway), use a bivy if in a drafty shelter like a tarp.

Then use a 20 degree mummy bag with the warm clothes down to ~0F, then layer your summer quilt over all that for real cold winter days.

Mike M
(mtwarden) - MLife

Locale: Montana
Re: Warm jacket, bivysack and 20 degree mummy on 08/24/2012 08:27:09 MDT Print View

Dan and Tjaard have the right idea :)