Who uses a quilt?

Discussion in 'Sleeping Bags & Quilts' started by gixer, Mar 8, 2016.

  1. gixer

    gixer Thru Hiker

    Do you use a quilt?

    If you do:
    Do you use it year round or just in the warmer months?

    What quilt do you use?



    Cheers
    Mark
  2. Shewie

    Shewie Administrator Staff Member

    Never on the deck but always in the hammock :)
  3. murpharoo

    murpharoo Section Hiker

    Love my quilts - not slept in a bag for many years.

    Use them all year round - inc in the snow.

    Nunatak Arc AT / EDGE / GHOST as main users.
    Also a Dual ARC for me and Mrs Murpharoo - very very warm :)
  4. Robin

    Robin Moderator Staff Member

    I've ordered an As Tucas Foratata down quilt (250 fill). Never used a quilt before. I'll let you know how I get on, although I probably won't use it until summer.
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  5. WilliamC

    WilliamC Thru Hiker

    Year round. Zpacks twin quilts of various rating. If buying again, I'd take a serious look at the EE Accomplice.
  6. MartinK9

    MartinK9 Section Hiker

    Same here.
  7. Mole

    Mole Thru Hiker

    Used a Golite ultra 20 since 2009. 270g down. May to early October usually, sometimes earlier or later if weather playing. I.e. If predicted consistently cold n wet or frosty I'll take a bag.

    Also, I use my myog synthetic quilt for bivvying /camping April- October. Climashield xp. 820g Made 2010.
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  8. Lady Grey

    Lady Grey Thru Hiker

    MYO Climashield Apex 2 layer in Ventum material from ZPacks.
    Weight 600gms.
    Extra cover with down bag if very cold or will use this Summer on it's own, maybe.
  9. lentenrose

    lentenrose Trail Blazer

    started my outdoor life sleeping in a wool duffel coat and 2 wool blankets---if i rolled myself up very tightlly i was warm---inevititably during the night i would have to re roll myself in several times to stay warm----progressed to a plain oblong s/bag----finally a proper mummy s/bag ---hood -tight neck no draughts---luxury---don t think i could do quilts
  10. grattygruff

    grattygruff Summit Camper

    I've been using quilts for around 3 years I'm a big tosser (and turner) and I used to get myself all twisted and wrapped up in bags plus I always felt constricted in them and couldn't get my legs in my natural sleeping position

    I've got an EE revelation long/wide 40 (+4.5c) for warmer times and the same quilt in the 20f (-6.5c) version

    I must admit though for the first time the other week I felt a wee bit chilly and drafty when camping in the lakes
    It did get down to -9c though on our cold sink pitch
  11. Padowan

    Padowan Trail Blazer

    I just recently got a Go-Lite Ultra 20 quilt. Not used it in anger yet, but it's my first foray into quilts, I'm also interested how best I'm going to use and whether i'll need to supplement it as part of a system.
  12. gixer

    gixer Thru Hiker

    Great info, thanks everyone :thumbsup:

    Had a EE Prodigy on my "to buy" list, but i'm struggling to accept the weight and bulk so think i'll go for a Katabatic gear flex instead, from the reviews i've read the quality of the sewing and mat attachment system seem better on the KG stuff.

    Like the idea of the flex as it's light weight and i should be able to use it year round if i open it out in warmer months.
  13. WilliamC

    WilliamC Thru Hiker

    Personally, I stress personally, the attachment system would play no part in my deciding on a quilt as I/we never use it. It would partly negate one of the main reasons we choose to use a quilt - the increased freedom. The attachment system probably becomes more important the narrower the quilt is, though.
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  14. lentenrose

    lentenrose Trail Blazer

    i can see the benefits of quilts but i wouldn t want to use one but can t see the point of these sleepingbag/quilts---i have only got one -20c winter bag---when i use it in summer i unzip and cover any part that seems cool
  15. Whiteburn

    Whiteburn Thru Hiker

    I can see the benefit :)
    My winter bag & mat = 1.6 kg
    My summer quilt (Cumulus 250) & mat = 600g
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  16. WilliamC

    WilliamC Thru Hiker

    The Cumulus quilts look keenly priced - cheap shipping inside the EU, too.
  17. lentenrose

    lentenrose Trail Blazer

    obviously works for you whiteburn---but if i was going for a summer solution i would buy a lightwieght summer bag---i am thinking that the quilt arrangement needs to be a bit precise and perhaps a faff to get right
  18. Mole

    Mole Thru Hiker

    Not at all for me. Quicker and simpler than a bag. Better ventilation options is good in summer. More useable as camp insulation than a bag too.
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  19. Whiteburn

    Whiteburn Thru Hiker

    A word of caution I would say the Cumulus quilt isn't for big folk....I'd guess if your over 1.8m or 75kg they're probably not right for you.
  20. gixer

    gixer Thru Hiker

    Bought a cheap Ikea single quilt to try for car camping but even though it was wider than most the hiking ones i've seen i still got some draughts, the quilt also got a bit damp where it made contact with the groundsheet in the night.

    So my hope is that the attachment systems prevents both of these.

    Sleeping bags aren't brilliant either as i tend to twist and turn like a whirling dervish on speed during the night, so inevitably got caught up in the sleeping bag.

    We're STILL under capital controls so it gives me a bit more time to weigh up what kit to buy when/if they're eventually dropped.
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  21. Mole

    Mole Thru Hiker

    I don't think that I would ever want my quilt attached to my mat.
  22. paul

    paul Thru Hiker

    So basically you use it like a quilt :D
  23. paul

    paul Thru Hiker

    nor me, never attached one and sleep warm. just extra faff and weight
  24. Stephen

    Stephen Trail Blazer

    Tried quilts 3 years ago and froze my nuts off a few times. Moved back to bags, did dip my toe back in the water by using a WM Terra lite as quilt last summer and really liked it, so much so I ordered a 40f synthetic for summer trips.
  25. EM - Luisifer

    EM - Luisifer Trail Blazer

    Just used quilt (actually blanket) from As Tucas on my winter camping trip to Swedish mountains. First time, but used it as outerlayer of my sleeping system (downbag inside the blanket). I see the benefit in 3-season use, mostly cuz we sleep under tarp and get a lot of dew on the downbags. Switching to synthetic saves us time spent drying the downbags before taking off. Also, I have two sons who are really warm sleepers (one was sweating warm with just a 3-degree downbag in -10C) - now they'll share a quilt and I hope they'll be able to regulate body temp more easily. Trial and error...
    Heads up though...the blanket buttons up in the front.

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