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06-10-2019, 15:34
Hello all, I'm getting back into backpacking after several years off when kids were littler. Went recently to Grayson Highlands with my 15yo, and we took our old Kelty down bags as I figured they'd be lighter and squish better into our packs. They were OK, but I sweated all night, but was too cold out of them, and even with the down, it was a job to shove them into the bottom sections of our packs. Last time I really hiked, quilts weren't a thing, nor were hammocks really for backpacking. I don't have a hammock and not sure I'd like that, but is a quilt still a better option for tent use? Usually only do 3 season trips, so doesn't have to be rated too low - don't think I'd go out below freezing very often. Tell me how they work, what kinds you like, if they're loads lighter than sleeping bags? Do they keep you warm enough? can you wrap them up like a bag if you need/want? I know nothing. What are your favorite brands?

06-10-2019, 15:43
I switched last year from a sleeping bag to a quilt and I have really been pleased. I have an EE Revelation and I find it very easy to adjust for warmer or cooler weather. Plus, I have plenty of room to move my legs however I would like.

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06-10-2019, 16:46
They work just as well as bags and are easier to vent and to get in and out of. Some designs use a draft collar and/or elastic cord on the sides to keep drafts out such as the Warbonnet Diamondback (my top choice) as an optional upgrade. Your shell fabric and down type choices should be in the ball park of:
-duck or goose down 700fp to 850fp
-inner shell 15D or 10D
-outershell 20D or 15D ripstop
-synthetic insulation instead if you donít expect to be able to keep it dry or canít afford down
-permanent sewn footbox for below freezing and possibly a zippered convertible style footbox for warmer weather
-baffle design is a bit of a personal preference after a certain point, most are fine.

06-11-2019, 07:16
A 20 degree quilt is a nice compromise for three season camping/backpacking. I know 20 degrees sounds too warm for summer but, the ability to vent a quilt or, move most of it off your body or, easily stick out one leg, makes a quilt very versatile. If you're using it on the ground, I'd get a bit more width than if using it in a hammock.

06-11-2019, 09:38
They even have quilts for those that like the feel of a bag. Such as the Enlightened Equipment Convertible. Or you could get a extra wide quilt and that will give you a lot of insurance against drafts and a nice cozy feeling without adding too much weight. For example, a 50Ē wide quilt might be fine for most averaged sized folks in a hammock with an adequate underquilt, but I like to use a 55Ē in a hammock.

Most TQ donít have a hood, which is usually not a big deal, but for cold weather, you will need a warm hat and preferably a warm pillow too. However, there are some TQís that have added the hood back to a traditional TQ design. There are a few vendors making them, but I donít know all of them off hand. I believe Sierra Madre Research, and Sierra Designs both have some options like that.

06-11-2019, 14:23
My EE Rev 30 is perhaps the best gear purchase I've ever made.

After one entire summer of bike touring with it, I didn't have to launder it. I never slept on it, and a few minutes of sunshine once in a while kept it sanitized enough to stay fresh. It was challenged by blowing wet snow and a blazing heat wave that season.