What goes... under a quilt?

Discussion in 'Sleeping Bags & Quilts' started by HillBelly, Mar 8, 2020.

  1. HillBelly

    HillBelly Section Hiker

    Well not quite a quilt in my case. I have a top bag. I'm just contemplating using it as a summer bag. Up to now its just been used as my inner bag in winter.

    I use a Synmat, so was wondering what if anything would be good to act as something extra underneath just to boost temps/comfort very slightly. Given that my summer camps tend to never seem to end up as balmy warm!

    Options considered so far:

    Reactor liner
    Thermartex sheet
    Some type of single? down blanket.. if there is such a thing.

    If its a faff or ends up with no weight saving I'll take my down bag, but if there is anything out there which is packable and would just add some comfort, then its a consideration. So what goes under your quilt?
  2. Whiteburn

    Whiteburn Thru Hiker

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  4. HillBelly

    HillBelly Section Hiker

    Yeah - it was probably more comfort I was thinking of rather than R type mat boost - I have plenty of foil type insulation... so do you peeps just sleeping direct on the mat, rather having something of comfort in between?

    I might just opt for taking my down jacket rather than the synthetic one, and laying on that as a layer under my body. or use a thicker liner.
  5. Whiteburn

    Whiteburn Thru Hiker

    In UK summer it's just the X-lite, me in a thin base layer & a Cumulus 250g quilt.
    If you're after comfort best to take up Glamping ;)
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  6. HillBelly

    HillBelly Section Hiker

    I'm getting on, but still going to stick with it : )

    I think a quilt would work better with being able to turn over without losing warmth. The top bag will probably roll with me.

    Further inspection of my bag though reveals that the uninsulated bottom part is actually an inner and an outer material. So I could cut a slit at the top of the outer material, and insert a suitably mummy shaped piece of thinsulate or thermartex. And seal it back up again. That might help things without adding too much bulk/weight, and just go with that. Also I'll dig out the elastic ties that came with it originally so I can strap myself to the pad!
  7. Michael_x

    Michael_x Section Hiker

    I take mine glamping (As Tucas apex 200 blanket), great to wrap around ones self on a chilli November afternoon after getting out of hot tub.

    Otherwise dedicated sleepwear - merino base layer long sleeved top and bottom. Maybe down trousers and jacket if it's below 0c.
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  8. Bob-W

    Bob-W Trail Blazer

    I find bare skin slightly clammy against the Synmat material so use dedicated merino "pyjamas". Added benefits are that doing so improves insulation a little, lessens body oils getting into the quilt's insulation so keeping it cleaner; I've always got something dry to put on at the end of the day.
  9. Lempo

    Lempo Thru Hiker

  10. NEEpps

    NEEpps Ultralighter

    I also don't like sleeping straight on a mat in the summer but just use a coolmax fitted sheet.
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  11. Cranston

    Cranston Thru Hiker

    Sleeping straight on a Thermarest is fine any time of year.
  12. Charlie83

    Charlie83 Section Hiker

    Aye, i sometimes wear merino long johns and a thin top, but often nothing, was wary of it initially but I've never stuck to the pad/had a problem.

    Hate being all bundled up in layers, clammy, sweaty and nothing warm to put on in the morning
  13. Cranston

    Cranston Thru Hiker

    I concur.
  14. Nevis

    Nevis Section Hiker

    Well last weekend it was a BA Qcore SLX mat, As tucas quilt with a Alpkit quilt on top, merino thermals, down trousers, heatholder socks, Crux down jacket and i was still a wee bit chilly even though it wasn't really that cold!!! Not normal for me at all...thought i might have been ill!!! During the summer it's the Alpkit quilt or the EE Revelation and just my pants :)
  15. JKM

    JKM Thru Hiker

    For comfort and a little bit of warmth....

    Cheap decathlon £1.99 XL fleece with the arms cut off.
    This goes over the mat and serves as a half-sheet, keeps my pillow in place (and jacket if boosting the pillow with that) and it's nicer against the skin than a plain pillow.

    Basically a snuggly recepticle for my happy drooling.

    And at a push I can wear it as a recherché fashion accessory or for extra warmth.

    I have looked at sheets but haven't taken the plunge.

    Also using an exped synmat hyperlight mw.
    I use the Rohan ultra silver leggings as well.
  16. HillBelly

    HillBelly Section Hiker

    Thanks for the replies. I def think either way - perhaps spend some on nice comfy merino base layers. I've also received a sample of thinsulate, which looks like it could be perfect for the underside of the top bag... not too thick and very compressible. Looks like my Rab top bag might have a new lease of life after all.

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