Best Low Cost Cold Weather Underquilt

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  1. DaStoner47

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    Reccomendations for low cost cold weather underquilts, DIY, Ultralight, Etc
     
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    Check out these threads for some discussion on the topic:
    https://bushcraftusa.com/forum/threads/hammock-gear-econ-quilts.194159/
    https://bushcraftusa.com/forum/threads/economy-cold-hang.192001/

    And I'd also recommend getting more specific about what you're looking for. There's no "best" of anything for all of the people on this forum, so being more specific about what *you* personally need the quilt for will make it easier for folks reading your thread to give you helpful advice. For example, tell us:
    • the temperature range you're thinking of when you say "cold"
    • your budget range
    • the activity or activities you'll use the quilt for (are you backpacking long daily miles/backpack hunting, doing short backpacking trips into a base camp, bicycle touring, car camping, backyard camping?, paddle camping?)
    • the general climates you'll use it in (dry? wet?), or put another way: your confidence/skill for keeping your sleeping gear dry
    • your comfort/skill with sewing (since you mentioned the DIY route) and with gathering together the materials for sewing
     
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    Nice one Mr snurkle
    Also my own definition of "Cold" is waking up dead without the right gear with you
     
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    I went to 21* with a system using a diy woobie uq, using a wool blanket, foam pad and my mss,was warm as need be. Your preferred sleep temp, existing gear, and ambient temperature will dictate how low you can go.
     
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    You can always get close and get the rest of the way with a pad or reflectix.

    Warmer the quilt lower the cost.

    Also, Hamoock Gear lista B quilts you can get at a discount checking their In Stock tab
     
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    Buy once, cry one... cheap is seldom "best".
     
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    Seeker, I understand buy once cry once,

    What do you use for an underquilt?

    Wife and I have been using hammocks for a couple years. we both started with just using our ground pads and then moved to UQ's. First ones we used were diy poncho liners. They worked and were cheap, but on the heavier side. currently I run a hammock gear phoenix 30. I have a hammock gear econ 40 for Rachel. They are both lightweight and warm. the construction is top notch on both. I think the hammock gear econ line is one of the best values going right now. You gain a few ounces of weight with the econ line over the phoenix line but the money savings is worth it to me. I know you didn't ask about top quilts but we both run hammock gear tq's as well.
     
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    I like the One Tigris . Supplement extra equipment as needed . In my case my Klymit V pad has been great with my EB Kokoram bag . But I sleep hot , something else to consider .
     
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    Cheap and hammock quilts do not fit in the same sentence. Try making your own from the Costco blankets
     
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    I once tried an old sleeping bag with a broken zipper as an underquilt and held it in place with some paracord
     
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    I use a 20 degree down underquilt, for colder weather I add a diy converted down mummy bag under quilt, 8+" of loft. Both work separately.
    Either can also work as a top quilt.
    You can convert a down mummy bag to a quilt in an hour or so, used down bags can be picked up fairly reasonably at thrift or second hand stores. Good luck.
     
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    I only have a cheap 50 degree underquilt. For cold weather I toss in a CCF pad. On one outing down to 30 degrees I had a 40 degree mummy bag as a top quilt and my crummy UQ. My (not so) dainty derriere got cold. So I dug up my Thermarest Z-seat and put it in my hammock. For the rest of the night I was as snug as a bug in a rug.

    If by some miracle the original question is still open, might I suggest the Jarbidge underquilt by Arrowhead Equipment? It is a decent low cost option.

    Just keep a Z-seat handy for the cold nights.
     
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    Wilderness Logics is having a good down underquilt sale right now. $139 bucks is a chunk of change, but a good deal for down.
     
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    Hi guys. I was going to start a new thread but stubbled across @DaStoner47's. My current set up is a repurposed 40 degree bag (which I use like a cocoon) with a wool blanket. I was looking at the under quilts linked below and wanted to get some thoughts. Has anyone had experience with either of the under quilts?

    Outdoor Vitals Arie 20 degree under quilt: (some reviews said the degree rating is closer to 30)
    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N8YH0MD/_encoding=UTF8?coliid=I2SMLYC7S1851D&colid=ELQ8YLI8LB14&psc=1

    Enos Vulcan 30 degree under quilt:
    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00F5IC7UI/_encoding=UTF8?coliid=I1D9WB8V1TF361&colid=ELQ8YLI8LB14&psc=0
     
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    I did create a new thead... Can't delete this post for a reason or another.
     
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    I recommend Underground Quilts for sure. Best balance of quality and value on the market and their customer service can't be beat.
     
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    Cheap is relative. I consider any quilt under $400 to be "cheap" in price but perhaps your looking for a "cheap" under $200. Also, 30°-40° is chilly and under 20° is cold for me. Many people consider sub-zero degrees cold. For a low price ($50-$75) it's hard to beat a Snugpak cacoon. It should get you down to about 40° without needing to supplement it. It's a very good wind blocker but is slightly heavy (2.6lbs) for the rating. I started with one and will be taking it this weekend on my hike. I will eventually give them away once I get a set of summer quilts for the wife and I next year. Also,an MSS sleeping bag turned upside down is a great top quilt.

    As Seeker said "Buy once, cry once...cheap is seldom "best"". I personally prefer Locolibre quilts. I have a zero degree set yet to order (because she wants to steal mine lol) for the wife ($986 for both TQ & UQ) before I order us both a 40° or 50° summer set.
     
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