Sleeping in sleeping bags is becoming a thing of the past in the backpacking community. Insulating material surrounds the body in a sleeping bag. Down and synthetic insulation relies on many air pockets to prevent loss of heat through convection. Compressing those air pockets by laying on them renders the insulation useless. So a lot of a sleeping bag doesn't actually keep you warm.
Quilt style sleeping bags designed for the outdoors are warm blankets. They cover you. And below you is your sleeping pad. Sleeping pads are the only effective insulation from the ground. There's no need for nearly half of the sleeping bag. Down quilts are all the rage in the backpacking community because eliminating half the material saves tons of money and weight, enabling ultralight trips far easier and cheaper. It seems like such a simple concept, but it took until well into the 21st century to invent this sort of outdoor sleeping. And manufacturers are finally developing them!
All my friends are using now using down quilts when camping, even in subzero weather. I haven't made the switch but will do it soon, however I don't know what to get yet. Who's heard to down quilts? Who might make the switch?
Hammock Gear's 0 degree down sleeping bag I'm considering buying 👇