View Full Version : Overfill Underquilt?

07-06-2011, 11:01
I want to get an underquilt. I am looking at a summer weight 3/4 UQ, but one of the options id to add one or more ounces of down overfill. I do tend to sleep a little cold, and this seems like it might be a good idea, but I have no experience with UQs.

The question - has anybody done this, and does it have a noticeable benefit?


07-06-2011, 11:50
i have 2 quilts. one from www.hammockgear.com (http://www.hammockgear.com) and the other from www.leighlounderquilts.com (http://www.leighlounderquilts.com) and neither are overstuffed. i have found both of those 2 manufacturers to be accurate with their UQ temp ratings. most of the cottage guys will put their summer quilts at 40 or 35. do you plan to be out a lot below those temps? if so, then perhaps just look at the 3 season variety. if not, then the summer is likely your winner.

all in all, i don't think the extra ounce would hurt, but i wouldn't go for more than 2...

07-06-2011, 12:10
Like most gear, personal preference/need is what's going to count. Can't say if you'd notice it or not. Tho if you're a cold sleeper, it can't hurt. It's easier to vent and cool off than add insolation. An ounce of prevention...

What temps are looking to cover?

FWIW, my experience with an UQ is a 3S + 1oz Phoenix from Hammock Gear.

07-06-2011, 12:47
Thanks for the feedback. I'm a section hiker and I usually do a week in the spring and a week in the fall. My next section is around Pearisburg in early September, so probably not too cold. I figured summer weight would be good for most nights, maybe sleep in more clothes if it got near freezing, but the overstuff option kind of intrigues me.