After dayhiking in BC for a few years I've decided to start spending some nights in the mountains, so I'm looking at buying some reasonably light, not horrifically expensive camping gear.
Reading about the options makes me tempted to buy a quilt rather than a mummy bag, for a couple of reasons really:
- first, it seems as though that it'll be more adaptable for a range of temperatures than a mummy bag (mostly June-October, SW BC, potentially up to around 2000 metres)
- secondly, that it seems possible to buy a lightweight, well-made quilt for much less than a comparable bag (in particular the RevelationX quilt from http://www.enlightenedequipment.com/
seems like an amazing deal, and lots of people seem to like it)
The main drawback seems to be that in much colder weather a mummy would be warmer, and I could see that. And that if your mummy has a full-length zipper, you can just use it like a quilt anyway. But a lot of the lightweight mummy bags don't seem to have full-length zippers.
But I haven't seen much chat about quilts on this forum, and the proper gear nerds here (you know who you are
seem to prefer bags. I understand that this kind of thing is quite a personal choice but still, I'd love to know what people think: do you use a bag? Have you tried a quilt? Was it delightful, or did you want your mummy?