So what’s the deal with quilts?
Quilts are a really simple and effective way of saving weight while increasing comfort for almost anyone who sleeps in the outdoors. Any insulation in a sleeping bag that you lay on top of provides little or no warmth, and adds weight. Many users find sleeping bags, especially “mummy” style sleeping bags, to be very constricting, especially if they sleep on their sides, stomach, or if they toss and turn. The quilt disposes of the insulation being wasted under the back (you should still plan on using an insulated sleeping pad, or an underquilt if you’re in a hammock), and uses simple attachments that keep the quilt where it needs to be to keep you warm, and allows you to move and position yourself wherever is most comfortable.
How do those pad straps work?
In warmer weather you may prefer to leave the straps off completely, but for colder use, simply slide the loop strap around your pad and position the clips so that your quilt can buckle into them. Slide the clips in or out to where you need them to keep the quilt tucked under your sides to prevent drafts, or loosen it up if it’s warm and you want to vent some heat. If desired, use the second, straight strap to fine tune the fit to taste. For more information, including pictures, click here.
The Accomplice double quilt straps work essentially the same way; loop the straps around both pads, and position the clips to where you want the quilt edges to stay tucked. The straps will help keep the pads from sliding apart, and allow each user to adjust the edge position to their preference (including not clipping to the strap on one side at all, if you want to be able to ventilate out of the side).
Your quilts don’t have hoods like sleeping bags do. How do I keep my head warm?
Sleeping bag hoods have some fairly clear downsides: they only warm your head while you’re in your sleeping bag, and if you sleep on your sides or stomach it can get in your face without keeping your head warm at all. In our quilts, both problems are alleviated by relying on head insulation that can be used at any time. In warm weather you may prefer not to wear anything on your head, and in colder weather, you may prefer a fleece or knit cap, a balaclava, or something like our Hoodlum which is super lightweight and warm, and easy to wear both around camp or while under your quilt. Head insulation is an important part of the system, so you may want to try a few options to find what works best for you in different conditions.
Can you make custom items?
While we’ve done a lot of customized items for customers in the past, currently we just aren’t set up or staffed to do customizations in a timely manner.
What’s the difference between the Revelation and Enigma, and Prodigy?
The Revelation has a partially zippered/drawcord footbox that allows it to be used in any state between fully opened flat, like a blanket, or cinched up tight for maximum warmth. The zipper only extends to about the back of your knees. The Enigma has in place of the zipper a simple sewn footbox, which is somewhat lighter and more ideal if you don’t need the versatility of the opened footbox. Both the Revelation and Enigma use down insulation, which means weight is extremely low, compressibility is high, and longevity with proper care can be excellent.
The Prodigy quilt includes the same feature set as the Revelation, but with Climashield Apex insulation. While still offering a very lightweight insulation properties, Apex trades the lower weight and compressibility of down for excellent all-weather performance, and simple cleaning, all at a lower cost than down.
Can I get a full length zipper on the Revelation?
Yes! It's called the Convert.
If I’m sleeping in a hammock, how is my butt supposed to stay warm?
Bottom insulation (pun intended) is critical to sleeping even in somewhat cold weather in a hammock. While using a simple foam or air pad in your hammock is an option, it can be difficult to keep everything in place if you move at all during the night. Using an EE underquilt solves this problem simply and effectively by suspending either down or synthetic insulation below the hammock in a way that’s very easy to adjust and position for maximum comfort. Check out the Revolt or Prospect underquilts for a very simple and versatile underquilt system that keeps your nethers well insulated when hanging out.
How does the underquilt suspension work?
Very simply. Our EE underquilts use a hybrid corner-adjusting side channel suspension. Longer shock cord runs the length of the underquilt and up to the suspension of your hammock. Super simple tension adjustment with Line-Locs allows the user to adjust the precise position and hang of the underquilt even while laying in the hammock. Shock cords on the ends run the width of the underquilt to cinch up and lock out drafts from working their way under your hammock. For more information, including pictures, click here.