What's a Quilt?
Not to be confused with what your grandmother knit. Here’s a brief overview of why you may want a quilt over a traditional sleeping bag.
I had been reading about how everybody loved them in various ultralight backpacking forums. My previous sleeping bag was the Marmot Angel Fire that I bought in 2013 and while it did the job, I found it was on the heavier/bulkier side than what I needed. Plus I didn’t always get the best sleep in it–either too cold or too sweaty or both! My body’s poor circulation has always given me issues. I bought it when I was first developing an interest in the outdoors so I didn’t do any research and just asked a Sports Basement staff member for a quick recommendation.
I’m pretty petite so I ordered the smallest sizing. Sizing for a quilt was a tough call. I like to move around when I sleep so I wanted something with extra space but too much space can be detrimental to the insulation and let in too much of a draft on cold nights. Below are my measurements and I am widest at my shoulders.
- Height: 62″
- Weight: 105lbs
- Shoulder to Shoulder (across): approx 17″
- Hip to Hip (across): approx 14″
The one I ordered was as follows:
- Actual Weight (measured on my own scale): 1.22lbs (19.47oz)
- Weight (estimated online during purchase): 1.25lbs (20oz)
- Fill Power: 800
- Temperature Rating: 20*F/-6*C
- Width: 50″ (127cm)
- Length: 66″ (168cm)
- 800 Overstuff: None
- 800 Overstuff Footbox ($7.00): 1oz 800 Overstuff
- Inner Shell Color: M10 DARK OLIVE
- Outer Shell Fabric: MRS20 FABRICS
- MRS20: MRS20 FOLIAGE GREEN
- Taper Style: FULL TAPER
- DRAFT COLLAR – NECK LINE: NO
- FOOT BOX STYLE ($10.00): BOXED FLAT SEWN
- SPARE PAD STRAP (1) ($3.00): YES PLEASE
- 24X36 MESH STORAGE SACK: NO
- Cost: $214.95 + $21.16 Shipping
I use a Women’s Therm-A-Rest NeoAir XLite sleeping pad and the combination is super warm. If I’m being really picky, I’ll say that I don’t love the feeling of the thermarest against my bare skin. I prefer to sleep in long sleeves. Also the NeoAir XLite sounds like a trashbag whenever I move.
The quilt is stuffed into a Sea to Summit E-Vent compression sack size Small (10L). Lengthwise, I measured it to be about 11″. This is about how much I compress it but it could be packed even smaller.
Overall I LOVE this quilt. It is so light and fluffy and can pack down so small. I would wholeheartedly recommend UGQ and quilts in general. It was not any more expensive than a backpacking sleeping bag and being able to customize it alone is well worth the money. I get cold really easily but found the temperature control from the quilt design and quality to be better than my old mummy bag. But don’t just take my word for it, there are so many resources online with detailed reviews to see if it’s for you. Have fun!