At Enlightened Equipment we offer many sleep system 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. To get started, you can use the chart above for a quick overview of the differences between the Revelation, Enigma, and Convert, 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 and Climashield APEX synthetic. The most obvious difference is price. Synthetic insulation is less expensive than down, so for those with tighter budget our APEX offerings 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.
Down is, however, the more popular choice. Down has a longer lifespan than synthetic and compresses smaller. Using down allows these models to weigh less than the APEX offerings in similar sizes and ratings, making our down-filled quilts the more popular choice. For more information, check out our Insulation & Loft article.
There are two footbox types used in our gear. The most common is the zipper and draw cord footbox, used on the Revelation (above, left) and Convert (Above right). 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 20" zipper from the heel up to about the back of the knee can be opened to allow each of these sleep systems 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 never find the need to open the footbox. Some users just adapt internally to different temperatures, and others only use the quilt near the temperature rating. Using an Enigma (above center) 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 or 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.
Buckle & Strap System
One of the great things about quilt style sleep systems is the more natural sleep you get. Because the quilt doesn't wrap completely around you, it feels more like the blanket you use at home that just pulls over you, allowing you to sleep the way that works for you. We even put our buckle system on our sleeping bags in case you want to try out the quilt style sleep system with your regular sleeping bag. Our buckles and straps system helps keep our sleep systems where you need it and still have the ability to move freely within. All our quilts come with our buckles and straps to use any of our sleep systems as a quilt, except the Itasca. The Itasca is a comforter with no extra buttons, buckles, straps, or extras. For more information on our strapping system check out our Pad Straps article.
We offer synthetic versions of our most popular quilts. These have all the same accessories as the down product of the same name, but they are synthetic. So the Revelation APEX works the exact same way as the Revelation.