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Down Top Quilt

Does anyone here use a quilt instead of a sleeping bag? A friend swears by one and I just wanted to get other opinions before I spring for one, thanks!!

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  • I have permanently switched to top quilts. I love them. No zippers to mess with. A lot easier to deal with for me with a gimpy knee that doesn't bend well anymore. Lighter weight and more packable with the same comfort and warmth. I have a summer weight and a zero degree for cold weather. I use an Exped sleeping pad.

  • Thanks, Rafter!! I was wondering about different pads with the quilt on top, currently I use a z-rest pad or a self inflating pad from Liberty Mtn. I've heard good things about Expeds!

  • The Exped is the only pad I've ever found that is comfy on the ground. When I'm rafting, I use a roll-a-cot with either the Exped or a thermarest partially inflated. I was worried about cold weather trips with the quilt, so I got a zero degree, wide width, and it rocks. I have always felt claustrophobic in sleeping bags, and I have found the quilts to be heavenly. My quilts have come from small cottage industry folks who make quality quilts.
    http://wildernesslogics.com/main.sc (having a sale right now, Marty makes great stuff)
    http://hammockgear.com

  • I'm a member of a hammock camping Facebook group and have been out on a few camping trips with them. The members almost exclusively use top quilts (along with bottom quilts on the hammocks). I don't use a true top quilt, but I find myself using my sleeping bag like a top quilt most of the time. I zip up the bag about two feet and sleep with the zipper side down and the bag over me. A top quilt genererally works the same way, just without the zippers.

    Before you splurge on a top quilt, try that with your sleeping bag. If it works for you then go ahead and splurge on a top quilt and save the weight of the zipper.

  • Thanks again Raftergirl, I wasn't aware of wildernesslogics but it looks like they offer good porducts at a great price!

  • edited July 3

    @BrianSnat said:
    I'm a member of a hammock camping Facebook group and have been out on a few camping trips with them. The members almost exclusively use top quilts (along with bottom quilts on the hammocks). I don't use a true top quilt, but I find myself using my sleeping bag like a top quilt most of the time. I zip up the bag about two feet and sleep with the zipper side down and the bag over me. A top quilt genererally works the same way, just without the zippers.

    Before you splurge on a top quilt, try that with your sleeping bag. If it works for you then go ahead and splurge on a top quilt and save the weight of the zipper.

    HA!! That's exactly what I've been doing, Brian!! Of course, it is summer and the unzipped sleeping bag seems to work quite well.

  • @BrianSnat said:
    I'm a member of a hammock camping Facebook group and have been out on a few camping trips with them. The members almost exclusively use top quilts (along with bottom quilts on the hammocks). I don't use a true top quilt, but I find myself using my sleeping bag like a top quilt most of the time. I zip up the bag about two feet and sleep with the zipper side down and the bag over me. A top quilt genererally works the same way, just without the zippers.

    Before you splurge on a top quilt, try that with your sleeping bag. If it works for you then go ahead and splurge on a top quilt and save the weight of the zipper.

    That's what I do when the bag is too warm for the conditions. No law requires zipping bags up all the way.

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