Enlightened Equipment offers a wide range of options in our made-to-order sleep systems. This can cause some trouble if you are unsure or if you are between two choices. This article is meant to help smooth out some of those choices and make choosing them more enjoyable. Let's break it down by each option stage.
We offer two quilts, the Revelation and the Enigma. We have two quilt-sleeping bag hybrids, the Convert and the Conundrum. The Accomplice is a two-person quilt. The Itasca is basically a better version of the comforter on your bed. For hammock campers, we have hammock edition Revelation and Enigma models, and an underquilt model, the Revolt. We have two models for kids too: the Revelation Junior and the Protege.
We offer two types of insulation: down and synthetic. The most obvious difference is the price. Synthetic insulation is less expensive than down for those with a tighter budget. It’s also simpler to clean and will lose less warmth when it gets damp, compared to down.
Down is, however, the more popular choice. Down has a longer lifespan than synthetic and compresses smaller. Down models weigh less than their synthetic counterparts in a similar size and temperature rating. For more information, check out our Insulation and Loft article.
As you're shopping on our website, you can search by quilt model (e.g. Revelation) or insulation type. If you see the word APEX in the product name, it is referring to our Climashield APEX insulation, our synthetic option.
DownTek down type
We offer two down options, 850 and 950 fill power. 850fp is our standard option, and 950fp offers the most weight savings. For more about fill power, check out Insulation and Loft.
Temperature ratings are very important. You want to make sure you stay warm enough to be comfortable, but not get too warm. By design, our sleep systems are easily vented, so the rule of thumb is when in doubt, go for a temperature rating that's 10℉ lower than the conditions you'll experience. It's much harder to create heat than it is to lose it. For more detailed information about our temperature ratings and factors to consider, see our temperature guide.
When selecting a length, use your height as a basic guideline. From there, add 4-5" if you're a stomach sleeper. Also, if you like to pull the sleep system higher than your neck/chin area, or if you want to pull it above your head, you may want to size up in length.
Since quilt sleep systems don't close underneath you, you're able to get away with a slimmer width than you'd see in a traditional sleeping bag. We break it down by girth, and we recommend measuring the girth just above your elbows, with your arms loose at your sides, similar to how you would sleep. If you sleep on your side with your knees bent, or if you're an active sleeper, we recommend adding 4-5" to your girth. But don't overdo it; having a quilt that's too wide will make it more difficult for your body to stay warm.
Slim/Jr. Regular - Girth 50” & Under: Well suited to hammock users, very slim side sleepers, and users who have a very slim build.
Regular/Jr. Wide - Girth 48”-56”: Best suited to users who sleep either in a hammock or on a ground pad on their backs or stomachs, side sleepers, and slimmer users that toss and turn.
Wide - Girth 54”-62”: Best suited to larger users who sleep either in a hammock or on a ground pad, larger side sleepers, and users that toss and turn.
XWide - Girth 60”-68”: Best suited to the largest users who sleep on a ground pad, largest side sleepers, and large users that toss and turn.
Colors and fabric options
Many people ask "What color should I choose?" Some folks like to choose a darker color on the outside, because darker colors tend to dry out faster in the morning sun. Others choose a bright color for one side, so they can use it in case of emergency. Ultimately, just go with whatever colors seem awesome! Learn more about our range of colors.
For fabrics, we offer 20D and 10D Phantom nylon for the outside of the sleep system, and 7D and 10D for the inside. Learn more about our fabrics.