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    Planning on hiking the long trail in July. Will a 50 degree sleeping quilt be good enough at night?

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    Quote Originally Posted by backtrack213 View Post
    Planning on hiking the long trail in July. Will a 50 degree sleeping quilt be good enough at night?
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    Warm or cold sleeper.
    Clothing available for sleeping.
    Insulation under you.
    Shelter around you and the quilt.
    My hunch: No margin for unusually cool and wet weather.
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    I took a 40F quilt for a July E2E hike. It was enough most nights, but I also had my light down parka, and light wool long john bottoms and long sleeved top that I wore every night. There were several nights that got into the 40s and I was chilly even with all that. If I did it again I'd take something a few degrees warmer.
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    It's hard to say how people handle summer nights
    I used to hike with hardly anything in the summer and could pull it off in my 20s. I would take a bed sheet or a fleece liner or something and thought expensive summer gear was laughable. Now, I would probably freeze and would take a 40f quilt/bag + some layers

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    I used a 40* quilt on my e2e from 8/13-9/1 and didn't have any issues but I also slept in long john bottoms and had a primaloft insulated jacket for extra warmth. I was never cold and usually kicked off/pulled down the quilt at some point. I'm a warm sleeper though

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    I've used my 40 degree kings canyon quilt down to near 40 degrees....maybe 40-42 range
    It was in Florida, but 40 degrees is 40 degrees
    I was in a tent and on a trailpro mattress....was a bit chilly but passable
    I don't recall what I was wearing ..... probably longjohns or a sweatshirt...

    I have always tended to be a coldish sleeper, but ....kinda Like hikingjim stated though, over the last year I've lost some weight and now have even less tolerance for cold so I doubt I'd be quite as comfortable....

    been down in the mid to upper 40s with it more lately, and used a light blanket on top and was more comfortable.

    Maybe consider bringing a mylar blanket to bolster it, just in case.....

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    The really nice thing about a quilt is that you don't have to use all of it, if you're too warm, uncover parts until you are comfortable. You can use a 20 degree quilt on a 50 degree night, but good luck sleeping under a 40 degree quilt on a 25 degree night.
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    Quote Originally Posted by blw2 View Post
    I've used my 40 degree kings canyon quilt down to near 40 degrees....maybe 40-42 range
    It was in Florida, but 40 degrees is 40 degrees...
    Don't underestimate Florida's cold, the humidity combined with low temps can be brutal. I've been more uncomfortable at 20-25 degrees in central Florida than I ever was in single digits in northern Michigan.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigcranky View Post
    I took a 40F quilt for a July E2E hike. It was enough most nights, but I also had my light down parka, and light wool long john bottoms and long sleeved top that I wore every night. There were several nights that got into the 40s and I was chilly even with all that. If I did it again I'd take something a few degrees warmer.
    yeah, heavy humidity will take 10* out of your cover pretty easily. travel light, freeze at night...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Engine View Post
    Don't underestimate Florida's cold, the humidity combined with low temps can be brutal. I've been more uncomfortable at 20-25 degrees in central Florida than I ever was in single digits in northern Michigan.
    Amen.....!

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