Insulated Blanket Inlieu of Sleeping Bag

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Mtntrekker

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What brand are you using for an insulated blanket inlieu of a sleeping bag in a tent for temperatures getting down to 40 degrees?
 

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It's no substitute for a sleeping bag, but I have used a military poncho liner for over 50 years. Not the same one, I have worn several of them out. They are warm, light weight, and pack down to a very small package. I have used them as an improvised sleeping bag as well.
 

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You will find that a Rumpl is very slippery and will slide off. Sleeping bags will be warmer.
With us having a 4” spring king size mattress, we’d be using sheets and comforter if anything. Sleeping bags really weren’t going to be an option. We have a built in diesel heater in the camper as well and put the wife on the side that has the vent.
 

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I use an Enlightened Equipment Enigma down top quilt when I sleep on an air mattress or in my hammocks. Every bit as warm as my old sleeping bags. Laying on crushed down insulation does you no good so why have it.
 

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I use an Enlightened Equipment Enigma down top quilt when I sleep on an air mattress or in my hammocks. Every bit as warm as my old sleeping bags. Laying on crushed down insulation does you no good so why have it.
Thank you
 

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I keep a down comforter (for a queen size bed) in my RTT most all of the time. I've used that down to the teens just fine. A lot depends on what insulation you will have underneath you: if you have mattress foam in your RTT that helps a lot. On really cold nights I will boil water and put it in a 32oz nalgene bottle (the kind with the top that clamps on, or the screw on will work also). I through that in the RTT under the quilt a hour before I got to bed and that's enough to take the chill off until my body can warm up the blanket. I've brought down top quilts with me as well 'just in case' but I've never needed to supplement the one down blanket: it seems to do the job very well.

If you're using a tent on the ground, be sure to have some form of insulation so the ground isn't sucking the heat away from you. Budget options here are a sheet of Reflectix or windshield shade in a pinch. When my boys were little I did a Mojave trail trip and we slept on an air mattress that did nothing for insinuation to the ground. the ground froze that night and so did we.. I'll never do air mattress again.

Down is not cheap, but it's loft is very efficient for the weight and it compresses down like a champ.

If you don't like the closed nature of a mummy sleeping bag, check out the top quilts that hammock campers use: some of them will unbutton to open up into a blanket. PM me if you need more info on this option.
 

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I have 3 full size sleeping bags in my tear drop. 2 winter heavy expedition, 1 lighter 3 season, on a full size 8" mattress.
No heater, I just pick the number of layers I need.

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I keep a down comforter (for a queen size bed) in my RTT most all of the time. I've used that down to the teens just fine. A lot depends on what insulation you will have underneath you: if you have mattress foam in your RTT that helps a lot. On really cold nights I will boil water and put it in a 32oz nalgene bottle (the kind with the top that clamps on, or the screw on will work also). I through that in the RTT under the quilt a hour before I got to bed and that's enough to take the chill off until my body can warm up the blanket. I've brought down top quilts with me as well 'just in case' but I've never needed to supplement the one down blanket: it seems to do the job very well.

If you're using a tent on the ground, be sure to have some form of insulation so the ground isn't sucking the heat away from you. Budget options here are a sheet of Reflectix or windshield shade in a pinch. When my boys were little I did a Mojave trail trip and we slept on an air mattress that did nothing for insinuation to the ground. the ground froze that night and so did we.. I'll never do air mattress again.

Down is not cheap, but it's loft is very efficient for the weight and it compresses down like a champ.

If you don't like the closed nature of a mummy sleeping bag, check out the top quilts that hammock campers use: some of them will unbutton to open up into a blanket. PM me if you need more info on this option.
I sleep on a cot with an air mattress. Seems to keep the cold at bay.
Thank you for the info on the quilts for hammock users.
 

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We tried various blankets and comforters in the RTT and we were never warm enough. Switched to high quality REI sleeping bags and havent had any issues yet down to 30 degrees with the windows open all the way.
 
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