At Enlightened Equipment we offer many quilt options, because the gear you’ll like best is the gear that’s just right for you. The myriad choices in model, sizing, temperature ratings, and insulation types are there so that each user can have a quilt that is finely tuned to their specific needs. Choosing from so many options will always be a subjective experience. To get started you can use the chart below for a quick overview of the differences between the Revelation, Enigma, Convert, and Prodigy, or continue reading for more detail on each of the main differences.
Most often, the first choice in choosing a quilt or sleeping bag will be what insulation type to go with. At Enlightened Equipment, we offer down insulation in the Revelation, Enigma, and Convert quilts, and Climashield Apex synthetic insulation in our Prodigy quilt.
The most obvious difference is price. Synthetic insulation is less expensive than down, so for those with tighter budget the Prodigy will be the obvious choice. It’s also simpler to clean and will lose less warmth when it gets damp or is used in high humidity than down will.
Using down (including DownTek water-repellent down) in our Revelation, Enigma, and Convert allows these models to pack smaller and weigh less than the Prodigy in a similar size and rating, making our down-filled quilts the more popular choice.
There are two footbox types used in our quilts. The most common is the zipper and draw cord footbox, used on the Revelation (above, left), Convert, and Prodigy. An elastic draw cord at the foot allows the footbox to be partially opened on warmer nights when some ventilation would be appreciated, and the zipper from the heel up to about the back of the knee can be opened to allow each of these quilts to be opened totally flat, like a blanket. This is best for adapting to a range of conditions, from frigid temps to milder summer nights, and makes these most popular for 3-season use.
Some users though never find the need to open the footbox. Some just adapt internally to different temperatures, and others only use the quilt near the temperature rating. For those, using an Enigma (above, right) quilt leaves off the extra adjustments on the footbox for a small reduction in weight, and an overall increase in simplicity.
Closing It Up
Some still prefer a full-length zipper, and the Convert (shown above) has you covered. The Convert shares the same buckles and straps as our quilt style sleep systems, with the addition of new vertical baffles, full length zipper, double draft blocking tubes and reinforced zipper backing more common to a sleeping bag. The zipper can be used down the center, on the left, or right side so it is always accessible. Want to sleep next to your partner? Multiple same length Converts can be zipped together to form a larger sleep system. The Convert is great for people who like the idea of a quilt, but still want the ability to close up tight, snuggled into a warm sleeping bag.