Cumulus Quilt 350

Discussion in 'Sleeping Bags & Quilts' started by Dave V, Mar 7, 2018.

  1. Maxplosive

    Maxplosive Backpacker

    The quilt is more versatile since as you said it's possible to create a footbox. The comforter weighs a little less but you wouldn't ever notice that in the pack. For those temps and with the possibility of using a silk liner I would get the 150 but I'm a warm sleeper so YMMV.
  2. Enzo

    Enzo Thru Hiker

    The 150 works well for me this time of year, especially if i pack a ghost whisperer as a just in case layer.
  3. Piiber Teravhammas

    Piiber Teravhammas Trail Blazer

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  4. andreostergard

    andreostergard Trail Blazer

    I made something a while back and it’s on YouTube and probably found via a easy search... But just to fill this thread with some more of my thoughts on the quilt as I like it very much :)
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  5. Bob-W

    Bob-W Trail Blazer

    Does anyone have both the old and new designs of the Cumulus quilts? I've a significant birthday on the horizon so thought I'd treat myself, well, why not?

    With the older design (I've a 150 for summer use) the quoted width was right at the neck where there were a couple of small beaks of material that suddenly widened out so a stated width of 140cm was actually about 120cm if you measured it one baffle further down. The edges of the quilt are curved because of these beaks which can be seen in the photo below:


    From photos on Cumulus' site it looks like the new design is more trapezoidal with straight edges, it seems that it's very similar to the Enlightened Equipment Revelate:


    With the old design I'm just on the limit of the girth, I'm a side sleeper and do move around a bit in my sleep, so if the new model is the same width then I'd possibly need to go custom and get an extra 10cm added. Looking at the Enlightened Equipment site I'm just under the border between their regular (137cm) and wide (147cm) widths which suggests the new design is probably OK.
  6. Daniel

    Daniel Trail Blazer

    i have a old style 350 and new style 200 (150) and both work great as im also i side wriggler. i do prefer the closed footbox on the old for cold camps.
  7. Bob-W

    Bob-W Trail Blazer

    I contacted Cumulus. Their response was:

    Looking at another shot of the newer design it seems that the taper only begins at the top of the zip. With another 7cm or so at either side I think I should be fine with the standard width, a further 5cm would just drape on the ground.
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  8. FOX160

    FOX160 Thru Hiker

    Do you have a sleeping bag with similar dimensions, if so zip down to the height of the advertised diemension and try it out for size before you commit.
  9. Bob-W

    Bob-W Trail Blazer

    Unfortunately none of our sleeping bags have zips.

    Given that the older design is narrower and just on the limit of being OK I think the new design will be fine,
    Last edited: Mar 16, 2019
  10. FOX160

    FOX160 Thru Hiker

    Mmm mine are 50cm at the bottom, where are you based ? I am in Essex so happy for you to try mine.
  11. Balagan

    Balagan Thru Hiker

    I had the same problem with the old quilts (just a tad too narrow around the hips). I ended up with a 140 wide Katabatic because Cumulus was tardy bringing out their new quilts and it is fine.
  12. Bob-W

    Bob-W Trail Blazer

    Unfortunately I'm almost at the opposite end of the country - North Yorkshire :rolleyeses:
  13. Tartanferret

    Tartanferret Thru Hiker

    Before I contact Cumulus myself, does anyone know what fabric choices and colours are available?

    @Mike Bright ?
  14. Mole

    Mole Thru Hiker

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  15. Charlie83

    Charlie83 Section Hiker

    Recieved a 450 off them a couple of months back, this is the colours they offered me at the time, olive, black & graphite as standard, for 20 EUR extra they offered chestnut, burgundy, blue and navy blue.

    The outer and inner fabric is Pertex Quantum 29g, I was happy with that and never asked about other options.

    I added 10cm to the width and an extra baffle in length, think I added about 70 EUR to the standard price with my specifications and choice of colour.

    Used it for 5 nights last week, very happy with it so far, impressed with the foot box, the baffle system there pretty much seals the hole.
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  16. npinks

    npinks Day Walker

    Just ordered a Cumulus 350 Quilt with a extra 15cm of length added

    Going to be a 4-5 weeks wait, so
    I hope that’s goes quickly

    Is it worth asking to amend to hydrophobic Down or will standard suffice, will only be single nights or possible occasional 2 nighters
  17. Dave V

    Dave V Moderator Staff Member

    Mine does not have factory hydrophobic down but I washed in NikWax Down Proof which does a dam good job. Given the choice again, I would order with hydrophobic down if the option was there.
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  18. ZenTrekker

    ZenTrekker Section Hiker

    I have the older style Cumulus Quilt 350 and I've never had issues with dampness. With a quilt you can 'vent' your sleep system and there is less chance of you overloading the it with perspiration.

    Some years ago I used a RAB Quantum 200 mummy bag (zipless) in combination with a RAB 200 Top-Bag (no down on the lower half). This provided roughhly the same amount of down insulation as a quilt 350. The night was chilly but not as cold as I expected and I ended up with both bags quite wet in the morning. Never had an issue with a quilt.
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  19. Enzo

    Enzo Thru Hiker

    Tempted to nikwax my quilts. How much do i trust my stitching through 7d fabric and mesh...?
  20. FOX160

    FOX160 Thru Hiker

    You’ll be fine, all your MYOG gears impressed me
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  21. Tartanferret

    Tartanferret Thru Hiker

    Am i right in thinking they are wider than the previous version?
  22. Balagan

    Balagan Thru Hiker

    You are right, they are.
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  23. Tartanferret

    Tartanferret Thru Hiker

    Excellent! I'm minutes away from hitting the button on a 250 quilt.
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  24. Charlie83

    Charlie83 Section Hiker

    just used it for 16 nights on the CWT, im still confused as to why i hadn't gone down the quilt route before, its been an absolute revelation to my sleeping in the cuds. using the quilt has also cured me of slipping off the sleeping pad which i used to do 3 or 4 times a night in a doss bag.

    if anything the 450 was to warm for me, i started off wearing icebreaker longjohns, socks and a LS top, by night two it was pants only, although on one or two nights i think the down migrated to the sides and i felt the difference in temp, in a sleep befuddled state i kinda gave it a wee shake (aye the quilt) and the down went back to the correct areas. The foot box was fantastic, i inadvertently left it slightly open one night and had chilly feet until i figured out the oversight, absolutely no cold gets in when its properly cinched, the baffles and ties work perfectly to completely close the hole

    i think im going to order a 350 as well and let Mrs C have the 450, i could also probably get away without adding the extra baffle in length, i would keep the extra 10cm width as that seemed perfect when rolling over/stretching etc.
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  25. ZenTrekker

    ZenTrekker Section Hiker

    I've used my 350 down to about -1˚C, I felt it was just on the edge at this point. I wasn't cold, neither was I toasty warm. For colder nights I have a Cumulus Magic 125 down liner bag that I can slip inside
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