I wanted to quickly share my backyard testing experience with my new down quilt. Would love to hear thoughts and ideas about warmth.
Purchased a Enlightened Equipment Rev X quilt: 20 degrees, 15% overstuff, wide cut.
I'm 5'11", 210 lb. I have a bad lower back, so I toss and turn during the night.
Clothing worn was specifically to replicate what I'd take on a typical 3 season trip. (Am planning to hike the southern Wind River Range late August 2013). The forecast was calling for a low of about 24, which is what I'd expect the low extreme I'd hope to encounter with this quilt AND this particular combination of clothing. I live in SE Michigan:
Feet: Smartwool hiking socks
Legs: REI lightweight long underwear, convertible nylon hiking pants
Torso: North Face long sleeve 1/4 zip 100wt fleece shirt. REI lightweight synthetic short sleeve T-shirt. Stoic Hadron "cardigan" down pullover.
Head: Buff worn as a balaclava. Mountain Hardwear "Minidome" fleece hat.
Hands: Outdoor Research PS150 XStatic gloves. These are made of olive drab Polartec Powerstretch 150 fleece. Purchased them fairly cheap from local Army surplus
REI Quarter dome tent (easier to set up for the night than fiddling with my ZPacks Hexamid Twin)
Gossamer Gear 1/8" closed cell sleeping pad
Thermarest Z-lite 3/4 length pad
Montbell inflatable pillow
Gossamer Gear sitlight pad under my feet. I planned to put my Granite Gear Blaze AC60 pack under my feat, but it's full of "ballast" right now for training hikes.
I was checking temperatures using an REI keychain thermometer.
I'm using the shock cords shipped with the quilt to cinch the back as tight as I can.
It was about 34 when I went to bed at 9:30 and I was cozy warm.
At 2:30, I got up to use the bathroom and I was slightly cold. Thermometer read about 25 degrees. I decided to put on my "final" layer that I'd have on a trip - which was my Stoic "Stash" eVent rain jacket. I put it on UNDER my down pullover, thinking I didn't want to trap moisture in the down.
At about 4:30 am, I noticed I was a bit cold when sleeping on my side. Staying on my back was warmer, but I can't do that for long.
When I came into the house at 7:30am, I was slightly cold. The thermometer read about 19 or 18 degrees. The last couple of hours of sleeping I noticed I was slightly chilled. Not shivering, but sometimes on the verge of that. I'd move my legs to get blood going, and feel a little better.
It was always worst when I was on my side. I'd try my best to ensure the "gap" in the quilt was underneath my side as much as I possibly could, but it seemed impossible to eliminate cold drafts when side sleeping.
Any thoughts? While I'm pretty happy with how it performed relative to how I intend to use the quilt, I'm not convinced it quite lives up to the hype.
I've ready Andy and Mike's books. I understand that a bivy may improve the draft issue, but that's another 6-8oz, which is weight that could be put into a traditional sleeping bag instead.
Is this something that "just works" for back sleepers, but leaves side sleepers like me outta luck?
Thanks for reading.
I am putting a Thermarest Neoair on my wish list for next year. My back issues are disliking the thin CCF pads more and more.