It is a bit on the heavy side and it is difficult to move underneath :-D; but this is the purpose of the duvet, to keep you well covered and NO cold air enters this duvet. I had difficulty getting out of bed due to the heaviness, but I am skinny so that is why . Anyone else strong can get off this duvet. The flannel touch is soft. I think you can use this duvet alone and you will be alright. I have a heavy down comforter and I am going to try another comforter to see if it is less heavy. Altogether it is worth the money.