Quilt for comfort not weight savings

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Anyone use a quilt for comfort instead of weight saving/ packability? I’m a shorter and thicker guy ( think middle aged beer drinking power lifter build) and my mummy bags just aren’t working like I want (can’t seem to get comfortable). Never tried a quilt but it seems some guys like them for more comfort… I’m a somewhat active sleeper and sleep normal to slightly warm, and many times my middle aged prostate wakes me up to pee at night. I’m concerned about drafts in the quilt.
Any thoughts on this?
 

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Comfort and weight. I’m a side sleeper and went wide even though for my size it’s not generally recommended. The wide allows me to pull a knee or both knees up and still stay covered with the sides tucked in. A wide hardly adds much weight. The downside to a quilt over a bag with a zipper on the side is they are a little bit harder to get into and out of in the middle of the night. Not a big difference but I find it a bit harder where I’ll leave one of the upper side clips undone so I can get out easier when needed.
 

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I like a quilt because I flop like a fish out of water when I sleep. In a traditional bag I get bound up, and I feel restricted. In a quilt with straps, I can flop, and it stays in place, and I don't get any drafts.

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Thanks. I think I’m gonna look into it. I need a wide one that’s for sure
 

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I do, added 4 ounces going from my sleeping bag to a Katabatic 20 degree wide quilt. I find it significantly more comfortable.

For myself, I always found fiddling with a zipper more difficult than getting out of a quilt.
 

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you will only know if you try. you can use your mummy as a quilt and see how that goes to get a sample.
 

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I'm definitely more comfortable under a quilt; the weight savings are a great benefit, but would be irrelevant if I didn't get adequate sleep. Zap makes a good point ^
 
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you will only know if you try. you can use your mummy as a quilt and see how that goes to get a sample.
I tried this and the stupid hood on the bag always seems to work it’s way over my face and i feel like I’m being suffocated lol
 
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I have a mil spec woobie that I tied the bottom closed and laid in my sleeping pad to simulate a quilt and I liked it… honestly in the summer that’s what i would use. The woobie is 60” wide at the top and that was plenty.

The Enlightened Equipment Wide quilts are listed at 58” so that would probably work
 

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I tried this and the stupid hood on the bag always seems to work it’s way over my face and i feel like I’m being suffocated lol
I used my mummy bag as a quilt for a few years, a quilt is significantly better with fewer drafts and not having to deal with the hood.
 

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I will say this, if your sleeping in cold conditions often it is worth the time and effort to get comfortable sleeping in a fully zipped bag with the hood drawn over your head& face.
 
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I will say this, if your sleeping in cold conditions often it is worth the time and effort to get comfortable sleeping in a fully zipped bag with the hood drawn over your head& face.
Any recommendations for a bag that I might be comfortable in? Not opposed to this idea necessarily
 
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Ok so check this out ( I posted this in the gear deals forum as well) but I was at Sierra Trading Post today and they had these Yeti Down Sleeping bags there for $49.99 . Apparently they were made for YETI and never brought to market. Posted pics of specs below. Bag weighs 2lb 6oz and fits me pretty well. Plus the hood comes off and it works nice as a quilt!! So it’s a 30 degree EN rated bag… I’m thinking might not be enough for nights that might get really chilly… so what about layering with another light quilt? What temp rating would I need to get me down to something in the 10 degree range if needed?
 

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I went to a quilt because I side sleep and flip flop back and forth. I could never get comfortable in a mummy bag, or at least something light enough to pack. I love the quilt and it does exactly what I hoped it would; allow me to move around more comfortably.
 
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