Therm-a-Rest Ventra Down Comforter
The Ventra is a great choice for couples that love to sleep close in the backcountry. While researching the interwebz for a couples' solution to sleeping together, I came across the Therm-a-Rest systems. While not for cold weather, this system is definitely the solution for cool mountain nights (or Texas winters).
- Easily mateable
- Perfect for cool weather
- Not for very cold weather
- Need the fitted sheet to use properly
The Venrtra Comforter was a perfect purchase for my needs. I know there are a few options available for couples' sleeping systems but I really liked the idea of being able to use only one if I need to.
Being very budget-minded (in school), I know it will be a while before we will have the resources to buy two high quality, down bags and this system is somewhat of a compromise between ability and price. The more expensive bags out there are made to deal with cold, but this system is fine for the trips we will be taking in the near future.
We have taken the system into the mountains in New Mexico during the summer where the temps dipped into the low 40's. The combination of a base layer and two bodies under the blanket kept me very warm through the night. The wife slept a little cold (most women do) until she put on another pair of socks and a long sleeve shirt. I usually sleep hot and at one point in the night, I had to let my feet out to cool down a bit. This happened all in a tent, of course.
The first trip was a learning experience and one of the things we learned was to attach the fitted sheet to the air mattress before leaving home. This will save a little time and frustration after a hard day's hike. Other than that, the comforter attaches to the sheet in a snap (5 literally) and then you are ready for slumber.
The only problem I see is that the mattress I have is a regular width and I now wish I had a wide one. This is not the Ventra's fault, though. Just an afterthought.
The comforter packs down very small and even with the mattress packed, it takes up a minimal amount of pack-space. Please note that I refer to this as a system. That's exactly what it is... it's meant to be used with the fitted sheet because the comforter wraps underneath and handles drafts. That is all...
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $159
It's lightweight, stays tucked around the pad, and warm for its weight.
- Excellent foot box that will fit around almost any pad
- Warm for its weight
- Not quite warm enough for the shoulder seasons
I love this quilt/blanket. Most of the summer, I can use it alone or with the Therm-a-Rest sheet set and that's all I need. When it's a little cooler, I either add a very small fleece blanket on the inside or wear my fleece long underwear to sleep in.
I love the way it wraps around the bottom of the pad. I'm not one who likes to be mummied into a bag, so this lovely blanket allows me maximum movement but keeps me warm.
It probably wouldn't work too well with a Z-Rest or other type of pad that didn't offer much in the way of R value, but combined with my Exped, it's grand.
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: about $150
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