The ENO Ignitor Topquilt will allow you to extend…
Source: received for testing via the Trailspace Review Corps (Sample provided by ENO for testing and review)
The ENO Ignitor Topquilt will allow you to extend your hammock camping well into three seasons and even into some milder four-season camping. Even if you are not a hammocker, a topquilt can still be for you if you find sleeping bags confining. The Ignitor topquilt is true to its temperature rating, and is a versatile and quality product.
- Moderately lightweight
- DWR ripstop nylon shell with baffled construction
- Not constricting, and easy to get into while in a hammock
- Footbox; able to be closed with snaps and Velcro
- Baffle at neck/upper torso area to prevent cold drafts
- Compresses for easy packing
- Accurate temperature rating of 35-45°F
- Available from many vendors both online and in stores
- No head/neck closure means
- Excessive length on footbox draw cord
- Below average width of 48"
- High MSRP of $229.95
- Footbox velcro can catch on clothing when the footbox is not closed
I found the ENO Ignitor topquilt to be a well constructed and accurately temperature rated topquilt. I tested the Ignitor for a total of 18 nights, six of which were while backpacking. I tested the topquilt in temperatures ranging from 25-45°F. I feel the temperature rating of the quilt is a very conservative rating, as even at 25°F which is 10°F below the quilts rating I was still comfortable wearing only a Capilene 3 baselayer top and a Capilene 2 bottom.
Overall I feel the ENO Ignitor Topquilt is a quality topquilt with an accurate temperature rating, and would be well suited for any hammocker wanting to venture into three-season camping or even into milder four-season camping. The topquilt would also be well suited for someone that wants to save weight from using a sleeping bag, or for someone who finds sleeping bags confining and restricting.
ENO Ignitor 750fp topquilt, a dwr nylon ripstop stuff sack, and a cotton storage bag.
Overall the quilt seems to be well constructed. The ENO Ignitor topquilt is constructed of a DWR ripstop nylon shell, with a nylon taffeta liner (denier not available). Filled with a quality 750fp duck down(fill weight not available). Weighing 23 oz it is not the lightest topquilt option, but is also far from the heaviest.
The topquilt has a baffle designed for the neck/upper torso to prevent drafts, and a footbox that is sealable by snaps and Velcro. The footbox is convertible, and the quilt can be used either with it sealed into the traditional footbox shape or open like a traditional quilt. The toe of the footbox can be cinched closed with the draw cord, or left open for venting. The drawcord length on the footbox is a bit excessive, and could easily be trimmed to your desired length to save a little weight.
The neck of the quilt lacks any means to close ot secure the quilt around your neck/shoulder area despite having a baffle to prevent drafts. The velcro on the footbox closure can catch on other clothing and feel rough to the skin if the footbox is not closed. I feel the velcro could have been obmitted from this design and used just the snaps instead of both.
This topquilt performed quite well in my testing. I tested the quilt for 18 nights, the lows ranged from 25°F to 45°F. There were five nights with lows between 25-30°F, ten nights 30-35°F, two nights 35-40°F, and one night 40-45°F. On the nights where the low temperature neared 25°F I sometimes was slightly cool, but far from uncomfortable while wearing a Capilene 3 baselayer top and Capilene 2 bottoms.
All testing was fair to good weather, with winds ranging in the 5-15mph range, and an occasional light snow or rain. I was using a Warbonnet Superfly tarp rigged in a lean-to pitch for all testing to help block the wind/rain.
Overall I was very satisfied with the ENO Ignitor topquilt. It met most of the expectations I have of topquilts; ease of entry while in a hammock, easy to adjust though lacking a neck/head closure, and was true to its temperature rating.
I feel that the price of this topquilt is slightly high when compared to other comparable underquilts on the market. If ENO lowered the price of this underquilt by about $30-40 to compete with the very popular cottage industries producing underquilts, they would have a much more viable position in the market place. I fear that the ENO topquilts may not stay on the market for any substantial amount of time without a price reduction.
I would recommend this topquilt to anyone that wants to use their hammock in cooler weather, whether backpacking or at home. I would also recommend this topquilt to those who feel constricted in a regular or traditional style sleeping bag. Especially for those who want to be able to hold and touch a product before purchasing it, as this topquilt is carried by many mainstream outfitters.
Stop using your sleeping bag in your hammock and experience the comfort and less constricted feeling of a topquilt!