Sleeping bags have some downsides that most people take for granted on camping trips. The hoods are often in the way for side or stomach sleepers, they can feel claustrophobic to many, and since you still need a pad to insulate you from the ground, the section of the sleeping bag that you’re laying on tends to be redundant weight.
A quilt alleviates these issues. There isn’t a hood, so by using a warm hat or Hoodlum your head still stays warm, but it moves with you as you move throughout the night. Quilts lay on the sleeper more like a blanket rather than a bag, so it affords more comfort for moving during the night, reducing the cramped, claustrophobic sensation, and eliminates unnecessary insulation and fabric below your body. In addition, by foregoing a full length zipper it makes getting in and out of the quilt much quicker and easier than with a traditional mummy-style bag, which is especially appreciated in cold weather and for late night trips.
All of our quilts come with several standard features that will help you effectively use your quilt.
- Zippers: We use YKK #3 zippers for our Revelation & Convert products, on the Revelation it is a 20” zipper along the footbox, on the Convert it is a full length zipper.
- Buckles: We use small center release buckles on our quilts and straps so you can easily clip in and out of your quilt.
- Snaps: There are two snaps at the top of your quilt to be able to close your quilt around your neck comfortably, two at the bottom, just above the footbox, for extra closing capabilities, and on the Revelation and Convert; there is a zipper on the bottom of the quilt to help close any remaining gap left from the cinch cord.
- Cinch Cords: There is a static cinch cord at the top of each quilt and a shock cord cinch at the footbox of the Revelation, Revelation APEX, and Convert. Each allows you to close the specific area of the quilt the most effectively.
Also With Each quilt comes specific items to help keep, maintain, and use your quilt most effectively.
- SilNylon Stuff Sack (.3oz-.8oz): Stuff sack allows you to easily store your quilt in your pack while you are out on the trail. Some like to swap this out for compression sacks, which is definitely ok to do.
- Storage Sack: A larger sack that allows your quilt to stay lofted while not in use. We recommend hanging your quilt in a dry, temperature controlled room when not in use.
- Elastic Straps x2 (.4oz each - One Straight, One Loop): Straps used to keep quilts around you and tucked to help prevent drafts. The loop strap goes around your pad and helps keep your quilt on top of you through the night, while the straight strap helps as an extra cinch point. Check out our Pad Straps article for more info.
Baffles are mesh walls used on the interior of quilts and down garments that serve to keep the down from shifting and falling. While some other companies use the simpler “sewn-through” construction, the use of baffles gives the down the vertical height needed to allow it to loft up and trap the microscopic air pockets, allowing it to provide full insulation. This prevents cold spots forming where the inner and outer fabric are sewn together.
Our unique Shiftless baffle design combines the strengths of both horizontal and vertical baffles that are typically found in other quilts and sleeping bags. The vertical baffles along the length of the quilt prevents down falling to the sides (a problem especially for side sleepers), but by turning the baffles horizontally at the feet, the down is given a much smaller area in which it can move and keeps the footbox fully lofted and reduces the amount of down that can shift away from the feet during packing and unpacking your quilt.
On our redesigned Convert we use straight vertical baffles. This keeps the down where you need it regardless if you sleep Quilt or Sleeping Bag style. Vertical Baffles also make it easier to redistribute down, making sure that you’re comfortable in any position.
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.
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). For more information, check out our Pad Straps article.
Much like a mummy-style sleeping bag, a quilt still needs insulation under the user to stay warm. While sleeping bag insulation compresses and offers little or no warmth as a result, use of a sleeping pad can significantly improve warmth while also offering a buffer from hard ground. Any pad you prefer will work with a quilt, whether closed-cell foam, self-inflating, or manually inflatable pads. Choose the balance of comfort, cost, and weight that’s best for you. Keep in mind that our quilts are not designed to close the end of your pad inside the footbox; doing so reduces foot space and puts more abrasion and pressure on the lightweight quilt fabrics that aren’t designed for frequent contact with the ground. Of course if you’re sleeping in a hammock, a pad can work for you, but often an under-quilt is preferred. See our Sleeping Pads article for more info.
If you sleep in a hammock, a quilt is typically preferred over a sleeping bag in almost any situation. They’re less bulky, less of a hassle to get zipped into, and no straps or attachments are needed to keep everything in place. But as with a sleeping bag, insulation underneath you is also an important part of the system. An under-quilt, such as the Revolt or Revolt APEX, is suspended below the hammock to complete the insulation. These are offered in partial lengths to best accommodate users who want to bring a partial-length pad along, or full length options for those who just want the under-quilt to completely insulate them.
Quilt For Two
If you travel in tandem, especially with a significant other, you may prefer sharing your sleep system both for comfort and weight-sharing reasons. While some users find an Extra Wide Revelation can be used this way, the Accomplice double quilt is specially designed to meet this need. It uses the same ultralight fabrics and down that makes our solo quilts so light, but also features an extra wide, non-tapered shape to offer plenty of room for cuddling or sprawling. It also features a completely unique enclosure system at the head end of the quilt so that either or both users can cinch down for maximum warmth, or open up for some ventilation. Included strap attachments help keep the sides of the quilt in place while also helping your two pads stay together.