- Jul 18, 2019 at 11:25 pm #3602520
I’m making the switch from a down bag and looking for a good deal on a 20° quilt. I’m a 6’0″ 190# side sleeper and i move around a lot, so I want a LONG size, and preferably a wider one. I’m a bit of a cold sleeper and my feet get cold easily, so I want a sewn footbox. Most of my trips are 3-season in the Sierras, so i figure a 20° will do me right on all but the warmest nights
I’m strongly considering the TR Vesper, Katabatic Alsek, and EE Enigma. I have a store credit at campmor, and am leaning towards buying the Vesper from them, but I’d like to hear some input from some more experienced quilt users. I’m also interested in saving a few bucks, as we all are, so if someone has a lightly used one to sell, or knows where i can find a good bargain on a top-quality quilt, please let me know. Thanks!Jul 19, 2019 at 1:24 am #3602529
*whispers* you want a Katabatic Sawatch…Jul 19, 2019 at 1:49 am #3602530
You don’t think the Sawatch is too warm at 15°? I don’t plan to sleep naked…Jul 19, 2019 at 2:05 am #3602533
You seem to be on a budget, so a two bag/quilt quiver is out, otherwise I’d recommend the Palisade/Sawatch combo (or Chisos/Alsek if you’re a warm sleeper with no true winter intentions). I own/have owned the Chisos, Palisade, Alsek, and Sawatch, and if given the choice to carry one in the Sierra in early spring through late fall it would be the Sawatch, and would just sleep with my feet out of the footbox on warm nights. But you’re a cold sleeper who needs an overstuffed footbox, and my motherly instincts tell me to recommend the Sawatch for your needs. A few extra ounces of down could be the difference between an uncomfortable night and a perfectly rested one.
Jul 19, 2019 at 2:14 am #3602534
- This reply was modified 6 months, 1 week ago by D M.
although I’m speaking through my experiences on the SHR (often exposed, colder, carried a Palisade two years in a row but I’m a warm sleeper); if you’re lower, (JMT/PCT elevations) you may be happy with the Alsek, but again, if you tend to be cold, those few ounces of down…Jul 19, 2019 at 2:20 am #3602537
Thanks for the good advice! I think the hard part about this decision is having zero experience with quilts. I’ve gotten over my initial fear of draftiness… it seems like it’s not really a big issue with a well-designed quilt. I usually wear base layers to sleep in, and my vision is a lighter quilt combined with extra layers for versatility when needed.
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