Quilts vs sleeping bags: ounces add up to pounds
As we have zero bike touring experience, the concept of how the weight of our gear will affect our travels is hard for us to grasp. All I know is that every single cycle tourist we have read about has started off with too much stuff, and has ultimately ended up sending things home. Since we don’t have a home, I’d like to avoid being forced to do that.
I recently read a comment by someone who said that “ounces add up to pounds.” Surprisingly, that simple statement actually resonated with me. It helped me to visualize the cumulative effect of having a few ounces here, and a few ounces there. I’ll try to keep that in mind as we continue to acquire gear.
Our latest bit of research has focused on sleeping bags. Because I am a side sleeper, and because they are actually lighter than their mummy-bag cousins, we’re looking at quilts instead of sleeping bags, something that until a few months ago I didn’t even know existed. I also think that quilts will be a bit more versatile at different temperatures.
These quilts have made our short list:
If you follow the above links, you’ll see that none of them are inexpensive. But, after cycling an entire day, we’re going to want to sleep comfortably.
Check out my post on tents, another vital component of our sleep system.