Every Enlightened Equipment top quilt comes with a pair of straps that allow for quick adjustment to keep the quilt where you need it, lock out drafts, and ultimately make for a more comfortable night of sleep.
Many users, especially in warm weather use, will opt for leaving the straps behind entirely. This makes for simple use, saves weight, and ends up feeling more like a traditional blanket that you would use at home. Hammock users especially will want to use their quilt this way.
Others will want to use the included straps to help keep the quilt in place, especially in cold weather use, and for those who toss and turn. First place, the loop strap around your pad. Note that the clips should be facing each other and typically on top of your pad. You can move these clips either further in so your body is more on top of them, offering a better seal against drafts with a tighter fit, or you can move them further out to leave a little more room to sprawl. To do this simply spin the strap till the female buckle is where you need it to be, then slide the male buckle into its corrosponding position on your pad.
Next, secure the quilt to the strap. This can be done using either the upper or lower pair of clips on the quilt, depending on how you like to sleep. For the example here we've shown it with the strap clipped to the lower part of the quilt, though many will prefer to use the upper clips for the loop strap. Feel free to experiment to see what you like.
Some users will also prefer to have only one side of the quilt clipped down. This makes for very easy entry and exit, and also makes it simpler to vent heat if you become too warm.
The second strap, flat, can be used to fine tune the fit of the quilt if you want the edges pulled closer. Used on the other set of quilt clips, this strap can be adjusted to be as loose or tight as preferred.
Some may also want to run the strap underneath their pad. When used this way, exercise caution as the lightweight fabrics used in our quilts aren’t designed for abrasion with the ground.
Lastly, for 2016 and later models, simply clip the left and right side of quilt together on one or both sets of clips for the tightest fit.
Everyone sleeps a bit differently, so it may take some experimentation to find a method that is most comfortable for you. And remember, if in your adventures, you lose one or both straps, you can always purchase replacements here.
For reference, the main quilt shown above is a Reg/Reg Revelation 30°F, Charcoal inside, Navy outside, and the pad is a Thermarest Evolite Regular.