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07/14/2019 08:49PM
In the 2nd week of September, I will be going on my first trip into the BWCA. I am looking for some pros and cons for a quilt vs sleeping bags. I will say that I am a side and stomach sleeper and tend to toss and turn a lot so I am not fond of getting a mummy bag, but would still like to get something that is still lightweight.

Right now I am looking at purchasing either a Paria Recharge XL or UL sleeping pad, I believe they have an R-value of 4.5 and 3.5 so I should have plenty of insulation underneath me.

I am just looking to see if anyone can offer some advice or their experience with the quilt vs a sleeping bag. I would like to stay within the $150-$175 range and still have something that is not a mummy bag and is still lightweight, if that is possible!

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07/14/2019 09:16PM
I have a Woods 35 degree bag for summer and a Slumberjack 20 degree bag for shoulder seasons. Both are rectangular and synthetic fill. 90% of the time I sleep with it 90% unzipped so it acts as quilt. The "footbox" is closed so my feet stayed covered. If I could I can zip it up into a bag again. My wife sewed up a sheet so that my sleeping pad fits in it so I'm sleeping on a sheet. This works very well for me.
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07/14/2019 09:54PM
I switched from a NF Cats Meow synthetic to to an Enlightened Equipment 20 degree quilt this year. I’ve only used the quilt on one trip so far (about 10 days ago) so I can’t comment on how it does in shoulder season, but I found it to be very nice even in warm temperatures. I got a long and wide version so it easily accommodates my side and stomach sleeping. I use an Exped Downmat 9 LW, which you might think is overkill for warm nights, but I never got too hot. BTW, I’m a warm sleeper and I still stayed comfortable on the warm nights. I’ve spent countless nights in sleeping bags but don’t think I’d go back now that I have tried a quilt. To me, it’s all about flexibility and the quilt provides much more flexibility than a bag. It’s an added plus if I decide to become a hammock hanger at some point
07/15/2019 06:30AM
I do hammock and at first used my sleeping bag mostly unzipped and found the foot box a good feature. It fit in the foot box of my warbonnet blackbird and anchored the bag. I was satisfied. I switched to quilts largely for packing size and weight, but use the foot box feature similar to the sleeping bag style. Being lighter and slicker they do not seem to cling to me when I turn. I am very happy with the quilts and if I were to ever dwell on the ground again I would take the quilts, and not just for the packing benefits. Quilts will probably cost you more but I suspect some shopping and willingness to take a second from some of the private folks making great gear would level that factor.
I used the term quilts because I use more than one. I have a 20 degree down, a very cheap COSTO throw, and an Army poncho liner. layers. This entire group packs smaller and lighter than my 20 degree bag did. For mid September layers can give you a nice ability to adjust.
07/15/2019 04:42PM
I switched from a synthetic 20 degree bag to an EE 20 degree Revelation about 5 years ago and it's been awesome in all but deep summer camping when you don't need more than a sheet. I've used it in connection with the 20 degree synthetic bag and was comfortable down to about -15. I also like how I can snap the corners behind my neck and cinch it up like a draft collar on colder nights.
07/15/2019 08:57PM
Also side, stomach, all over sleeper. Hated the restriction of a mummy.

Got a Enlightened Equipment Revelation (10 degrees) that I use over a Thermarest Xtherm. Awesome.

If anything, I need a cooler setup for the summer. But on a 45 degree night (or colder) it's fabulous.

Never going back to a bag.

Edit: In case you want some quilt sizing intel...I am 5' 11" & 170. Went with the Extra-long and wide quilt...sometimes it might be too much, but in cold weather I like pulling the quilt over my head entirely, and that length allows me to do that. You might prefer shorter than that...
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07/16/2019 06:43AM
i have a ee 20 down quilt and good down bags. i found for me during colder temps, on the ground i sleep warmer in a down bag. even thought the down is compressed under you, you are still wrapped in down. the top quilt allowed some cool air in, which made me cool.
now in my hammock the top quilt is the way i go.
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