Rather than start a whole new thread I've resurrected this one.
I'm yet another newbie trying to see if a quilt will work for me and my wife. I'm on a tight budget, and I'm trying to simultaneously outfit my self for ultralight solo camping and ultralight family camping (wife, 4-year-old). I'm considering buying a JRB Mt. Rogers that my wife and I can use as a quilt and I can then use as a bag for solo. Is that a workable option?
As for couples quilt sleeping in general, I sleep warm, my wife does not, so my additional body heat will help her, but will she miss the hood? Should she have a hooded jacket (i.e. Cocoon UL 60 Hoody) if she's not going to have the mummy hood that she's used to? For that matter, should I? Or will a balaclava be enough? Most of the time I use my mummy hood as a pillow and wear a balaclava anyway, but there are those times (4 a.m. comes to mind), when it's nice to pop my head back in that hood and warm up my nose. Will I miss that? Will I feel colder with all that heat loss out my head?
I'm in Southwest Virginia, but I do a lot of my hiking in the Rockies and Cascades. I do a lot of shoulder season stuff, especially fall, then winter in VA (which is about the same as fall in the Rockies/Cascades, IMO).
Please weigh in on the various scenarios. All advice appreciated before I spend my precious dineros.