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. In a traditional sleeping bag, any insulation 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.
How should a quilt fit me?
Our quilts are designed to be a hoodless system, so in normal use the enclosure at the top of the quilt will be cinched just below your chin tightly enough to block drafts, but not so much as to be uncomfortable. Typically the feet will then have a few inches until they reach the bottom of the quilt, though users at the maximum user height may not have any additional room. Side sleepers as a rule will want a bit more width, and stomach sleepers will want a bit more length. You can find sizing guides located on each product page.
Can you make custom items?
While we’ve done a lot of customized items for customers in the past, currently we aren’t set up or staffed to do customizations in a timely manner. See more here.
Revelation? Enigma? What’s the difference between the various quilts you offer?
Our range of quilt and sleeping bag models ensures there's something for everyone. Check out our tips for selecting a quilt for a quick rundown of the different options we offer. Check out our quilt comparison article here for a detailed description of our four main solo quilts.