|Gossamer Gear Kumo|
|GoLite Jam 35|
Also, the GoLite Jam 35 is a good pack for the money at $99 on sale. I do not like the large fabric rear pocket as much as a mesh pocket, but otherwise the pack is a good deal. At one pound 10 ounces it is a little bit heavy but I can surely use the $65 dollars to buy more gear! Here's it's review. It is out of stock today but that may change soon.
There are a few packs in the 36 liter size from manufacturers like Gregory, Osprey, Deuter, REI and others, some at better prices, but none at one pound or less total weight. And that is what I just have to have, an ultralight backpack.
So, on to Sleeping Quilt Minutia...My Florida backpacking experience has mostly been with 20 degree sleeping bags where I sweated year-round. Once I left the south I found the bags worked better but were still too hot for me most nights in the southern mountains. I have chosen the quilt because of the light weight, the open bottom and the fact it will sleep "just like at home" under the quilt at night.
|Therm-a-rest Alpine 35 degree Quilt|
In that corner, is the 20 degree GoLite quilt, with more insulation for cool nights in the mountains and higher elevations, and water proofing on the foot and head. The GoLite quilt is on sale for $199, (usually is $400) a great price! Check here for a review.
|GoLite 20 degree Quilt|
We do camp during the winter here in Florida and in the summer anywhere else. It can get cold but is usually in the 40's and 50's at night. Most of my camping experience in the southern Appalachian mountains has been comfortable with 50 degree down to 30 degree nights. In Colorado it was always colder and I rarely had enough insulation in my sleeping bag to keep warm. I don't think I"ll be camping in the inter-mountain west any time soon, but you never know. When I do it will be with a 20 degree quilt.
I have many, many more 'minutia' decisions to make just like this. It would be interesting to hear your experiences in different temperature-rated sleeping bags and quilts "down south". Please write in to let me know your preferences and why. Much more minutia to come...