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Jay_hunt_beachy

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I'm debating on whether or not to buy a quilt for early season hunts to save a couple ounces.does anybody have experience with quilts or recommendations on what to buy?
 

buffsmoker

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Yes, but there's a learning curve. Some love em, some hate em. What's your budget? Lots of good vendors out there now....Katabatic Gear, El Coyote, UGQ, etc. Also, pay as much attention to your pad as you do your quilt. That's what will be insulating you from the bottom.

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Elkdreamer

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I started using a quilt for early season 3 yrs ago. Honestly not super happy but I would not go back to a bag. Reasons for that is shaving ounces and less bulk in pack.

Disclosure. I pack up and carry camp all day every day. If I just packed in camp and left it there I might change back to a bag.
 

firemedic31

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I have a 20° zippered footbox quilt from hammock gear. I use it with an insulated klymit pad. Honestly I haven’t used it enough to really speak to the quilt topic but so far it seems doable for early season.
 

JRMiller

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I have used both interchangeably for many years.
If i know i might freeze my nutts off i bring my bag.
If there is a chance it maybe warmer on and off i bring the quilt as they are easier to shed heat if needed.
I have been using a hybrid a lot lately though as its seems like the best of both worlds. Use like a quilt but if it gets cold zip it all up like a bag.
UGQ, Enlightened Equipment, and Zpacks are all good quilts and they offer hybrids too.
I hear a lot of good things about Katabatic but no personnel experience.
 

GunsAreFun

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I started using a quilt for early season 3 yrs ago. Honestly not super happy but I would not go back to a bag. Reasons for that is shaving ounces and less bulk in pack.
I’m kind of in the same boat. I’ve just never been able to cut the drafts or feel like I can let my body go lose without an elbow or something falling out into the cold.

I’m actually starting to dabble in hammocks since they keep your arms all together and the under quilt kind of wraps around your body. Just haven’t had a night cold enough to really test it.
 

Elkdreamer

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I’m kind of in the same boat. I’ve just never been able to cut the drafts or feel like I can let my body go lose without an elbow or something falling out into the cold.

I’m actually starting to dabble in hammocks since they keep your arms all together and the under quilt kind of wraps around your body. Just haven’t had a night cold enough to really test it.
I use a lite weight bud bivy. I think it helps with drafts and keeping things together.
 

mtwarden

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I've used quilts for the last 15 years and I still use quilts in the summer, BUT once Fall rolls around I go back to a bag, ditto on Winter and early Spring. A little draft here and there in the summer is a mere annoyance, when it gets cold it's more than annoyance.

I've got a dead of winter bag, but for shoulder season I've gone to a Feathered Friends Flicker- part quilt, part bag. It has a full zip so you can zip it up like a bag, or unzip it and drape it over you in warmer weather. I really like them.

https://featheredfriends.com/collections/flicker-series
 
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Jay_hunt_beachy

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Yes, but there's a learning curve. Some love em, some hate em. What's your budget? Lots of good vendors out there now....Katabatic Gear, El Coyote, UGQ, etc. Also, pay as much attention to your pad as you do your quilt. That's what will be insulating you from the bottom.

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Thanks for the help.i am willing to spend more for a good quilt and pad that keeps me warm.
 

andfisch15

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I just bought a Kelty Cosmic 20 degree bag. Haven't used it yet but like how it packs down. 8x13 inch packed and less than 3lbs. Only $130
 
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