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Down or Synthetic Bottom Quilt for Florida?
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Albert Montag
(LurkinArt) - F

Locale: The Wild.
Down or Synthetic Bottom Quilt for Florida? on 10/15/2012 09:39:46 MDT Print View

I Will be backpacking for several winter months in Florida, using a hammock.

My top quilt is down. My wearable insulations are all synthetic.

Would you go with down or synthetic for the bottom quilt?

Christopher Taggart

Locale: Western PA
Is a bottom quilt necessary? on 10/15/2012 23:59:28 MDT Print View

I am not a hammock sleeper but does it even get cold enough in Florida to necessitate a bottom quilt? Would a foam pad suffice? If it is necessary then I would go with synthetic. Florida is so wet and humid that I would want the synthetic insulation.

Kevin Babione
(KBabione) - MLife

Locale: Pennsylvania
Underquilt for a Florida Winter on 10/16/2012 06:09:57 MDT Print View

A foam pad would probably be sufficient but I personally don't find them as comfortable as an underquilt. If you go with the foam pad (which you can try pretty inexpensively) make sure it's wide enough at your shoulders. You can trim it for other parts of your body, but having cold shoulders keeps me awake.

Since your top quilt is down you're already dedicated to keeping it dry. You'll have enough sun so that airing it out shouldn't be a problem. For a Florida winter I'd definitely consider a 3/4 length underquilt to save weight (and money). I have the te-wa Summer Breeze and I love it. I've had it in temperatures down into the 30's and have still been very comfortable (but I am a warm sleeper).

Albert Montag
(LurkinArt) - F

Locale: The Wild.
Down or Synthetic on 10/16/2012 09:36:00 MDT Print View

Thanks Christopher and Kevin.

I think I would want a under quilt over a pad for the comfort. I am new to ham mocking, never slept in one yet, just got it.

I would like a full length UQ so I don't have to mess with a little pad for my feet.

The TeWa looks amazing, but They don't make them in a full length.

I was thinking to have a mixture of synthetic And down insulation, with everything i wear being synthetic, and my top and bottom quilt being down... But the consensus is to go with synthetic for the bottom quilt as well, yes?

Edited by LurkinArt on 10/16/2012 09:40:06 MDT.