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Subject Topic: Going lighter but not going lighter.... Post Reply Post New Topic
via mobile 31/3/2024 at 9:04am
 Location: County Kildare Ireland EU.
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Due to circumstances with my back I have a lot of time on my hands so am planning a few trips. I also realise I need to reduce some weight, not myself but my gear (ok myself as well)
Trouble is that I have actually gone heavier in the rucksack in order to gain in comfort. To offset that I thought about getting a quilt for anything except winter. However, I'm a side sleeper that moves around a bit and a quilt will let in the cold when I move. I think I have found the solution in a hoodless sleeping bag like the thermarest ohm. Still 500 gms lighter than my winter bag and hoods are a faff in the warmer months.
I'm already lightweight with the speedster cook system but I have shaved off about 100 gm's by changing the petzl tikkinna and noctilight to a petzl bindi. I'm also ditching the rechargeable tiny pump for the mat and going back to a pump sack.
Once I have the full use of my hands, a ruthless clean out will be taking place. Any peripheral luxuries will be out. Electronics will be bare minimum if there is a lighter alternative it will be obtained. The aim is to get as light as possible yet remain comfortable.
Then it is back to fitness. Next year will be hopefully back to the WHW and a few overnighters in Wicklow. The WHW is ideal if I have any medical mishaps as almost all has aēcess to bus or train.
And I also got the Cape Wrath trail guidebook....for a few years down the line.



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31/3/2024 at 9:51am
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All the best with your recovery.

I don't really 'get' quilts', I too move around a lot and just don't think that they are for me. The weight savings appear minimal in any case.

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via mobile 31/3/2024 at 10:46am
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Cheers!
My -12 sleeping bag is 1.2 kg so an equivalent quilt saves about 400 to 500 grammes which is quite a lot. However they don't work for side sleepers and those who move around a lot. I'd end up regretting the purchase. They also rely on a decent mat. Personally I don't want straps on my exped. Down mats are discontinued so I cosset mine.
I've also read that the comfort ratings for quilts are a bit pie on the sky anyway.
A bag like the ohm can be opened up if it gets hot like a quilt but won't expose me to draughts when I roll around. Sleeping bags have proper EN ratings too. Just need to do more research as to which one.


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31/3/2024 at 6:01pm
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I use a -2c rated bag year around. It's wide & full zip.   I use it as a quilt when it's warm & in colder months will use baselayers or if very cold down socks, trews, smock & hat. That last combo is about the same weight as my old -18c bag, as warm & more versatile.

I don't like having multiples of items if I can get away with it


via mobile 31/3/2024 at 10:37pm
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I still go out in the winter so do like a proper winter bag but the weight is too much to justify for summer. I've also found I sleep colder the older I get.

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01/4/2024 at 5:43pm
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Wishing you a speedy recovery!

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06/4/2024 at 7:32pm
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Quote: Originally posted by Ewen c on 31/3/2024
I've also found I sleep colder the older I get.



So it's not just me, lol!




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