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Traditional sleeping bag vs quilts.

Postby Rockchucker » Sat Nov 02, 2013 4:47 pm

The subject has invaded many threads. As mentioned it's long over due conversation based on personal experience. Please refrain from bashing, name calling, or mud slinging.

I own both but have truly fallen in love with my quilt. I went with a Enlightened Equipment 20 deg down quilt. A few weeks ago I woke up and it was 12 deg and I was toasty warm. Yes I was wearing appropriate clothing, but not over doing it. I didn't even wear my down jacket, it was my pillow. Also I'm a side sleeper that tosses a bit at night but haven't experienced any draft problems.

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Re: Traditional sleeping bag vs quilts.

Postby The Other Tom » Sat Nov 02, 2013 5:38 pm

I'm also a quilt user and changed from a bag because I'm a side sleeper. I have to be a little careful to make sure it's "tucked in" to avoid a draft but I prefer it over a bag. Also, the weight savings is nice. For what it's worth, I have a jacks are better quilt. I must've spent an hour with them on the phone before I bought it, asking what-if questions. They were very patient and helpful.
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Re: Traditional sleeping bag vs quilts.

Postby Rockchucker » Sat Nov 02, 2013 6:48 pm

The Other Tom wrote:I'm also a quilt user and changed from a bag because I'm a side sleeper. I have to be a little careful to make sure it's "tucked in" to avoid a draft but I prefer it over a bag. Also, the weight savings is nice. For what it's worth, I have a jacks are better quilt. I must've spent an hour with them on the phone before I bought it, asking what-if questions. They were very patient and helpful.

I would like to see some of the JrB stuff. I have browsed their site quite a bit. I also spent a lot of time talking with Tim @ EE. I even had him build a quilt for my son, which he loves.
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Re: Traditional sleeping bag vs quilts.

Postby DriveFly44 » Sat Nov 02, 2013 7:41 pm

I like quilts for their weight savings and versatility. I made the switch this past summer in preparation for my JMT hike. I ended up making my own so I could customize size, weight, temperature rating, etc.

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The project took about 15 hours. Here's the final product (pic is upside down in relation to how I sleep in it for those not familiar). Temp rating is around 30 degrees and weighs 20 oz. I love it :D

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Re: Traditional sleeping bag vs quilts.

Postby freestone » Sun Nov 03, 2013 7:27 am

Nice! Looks like the foot-box has a drawcord?
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Re: Traditional sleeping bag vs quilts.

Postby DriveFly44 » Sun Nov 03, 2013 9:40 am

freestone wrote:Nice! Looks like the foot-box has a drawcord?

Yes, I could use as a straight blanket as in pic 2 when it is warmer or cinch up the end to form the footbox when temps drop. I have velcro on the edges of the lower 3 feet to bring it together.
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Re: Traditional sleeping bag vs quilts.

Postby Rockchucker » Sun Nov 03, 2013 10:26 am

Beautiful workmanship, your careful time spent shows. Great job, drivefly!
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Re: Traditional sleeping bag vs quilts.

Postby TRAUMAhead » Mon Nov 04, 2013 12:26 am

Went from multiple bags to multiple quilts back to a bag. Tried out a few bags, found them to be constricting. Switched to a Katabatic Chisos quilt with 2oz overfill (made it about a 35*ish quilt). Weighed about 17oz, took it below freezing (down jacket + long underwear) and was fine. It was just too narrow and since I toss and turn, re-tucking gets old. Sold it and picked up a wide Enlightened Equipment 30* quilt with 30% overstuff (weighed closer to 20oz). Width was perfect, but the Karo baffles allowed the down shift too easily. Every time you pull it out of your pack, you would have to redistribute the down and the in the middle of the night, the down would shift to your sides so you would get cold spots. And the snaps for bottom of the bag would put pressure points on your legs. Finally ended up with a WM Versalite. Plenty of space and can't beat the weight for the temperatures. It's just a bit overkill sometimes and takes up a lot of pack space.
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Re: Traditional sleeping bag vs quilts.

Postby FeetFirst » Tue Nov 05, 2013 4:38 pm

TRAUMAhead wrote:Went from multiple bags to multiple quilts back to a bag.


Similar story here. I liked the weight savings and freedom of movement of a quilt, but hated the fuss factor when trying to snuggle in when the mercury dipped or the winds picked up. I ended up selling everything for a Feathered Friend's Osprey Nano 30.
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Re: Traditional sleeping bag vs quilts.

Postby Rockchucker » Tue Nov 05, 2013 8:12 pm

Funny I never even noticed the snaps on the bottom of my quilt. I haven't sold any of my bags yet as I've only had the quilt for a year. So far my biggest area of concern has been with the pad. My poor bones need more than when I was 18, but that's another thread altogether.
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Re: Traditional sleeping bag vs quilts.

Postby TRAUMAhead » Tue Nov 05, 2013 10:53 pm

My feet are usually the coldest so I'd always have the bottom buttoned up and cinched tight, definitely preferred Katabatic's design.

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Re: Traditional sleeping bag vs quilts.

Postby longri » Mon Nov 11, 2013 11:09 am

I have both: numerous bags and one quilt. I don't really look at as an A vs. B thing, just see them as different tools. My quilt is 18oz and designed for saving weight in the summer. It has a sewn footbox (no drawcord) and a simple snap at the top to keep it wrapped around my neck, face and shoulders. I made it myself just because it cost half as much as buying one and it wasn't really all that hard to do. It's nice and warm down to freezing at the least. Much below that temperature and I prefer being fully enclosed and so switch to using one of my bags instead. Some people use bigger quilts for winter. I like to be in a bag with a hood.
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