Enlightened Equipment Revelation APEX

Reviews

3

Revelation APEX 20 and 40 degree Fahrenheit quilts.

Rating: rated 4 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $167 (40 deg F) , $225 (20 deg F)

Summary

Revelation APEX 20 and 40 degree Fahrenheit quilts.
40-degree quilt: Good winter top layer so far.
20-degree quilt: F.O.B. (fresh out of box), but looking forward to using it soon.

Pros

  • Priced lower than APEX quilts from other cottage manufacturer, and with shorter order fulfillment time
  • Ability to customize colors, size, and temperature rating
  • Prevents bivy condensation from reaching my sleeping bag when used in a winter layered sleeping system
  • Versatile foot box drawstring
  • Nice storage and stuff bags are included.

Cons

  • Billowy inside fabric gets caught in zipper and snaps if you are not careful.

Background

The Revelation APEX is Enlightened Equipment's Revelation quilt that uses CLIMASHIELD APEX synthetic insulation, instead of down. The Revelation APEX was previously branded by EE as the Prodigy. Other Trailspace members have written reviews about both the Revelation down quilt and the Prodigy that I suggest reading in conjunction with this review.

 

Revelation APEX 40 degree Fahrenheit.

I customized my order as follows:

  • Regular 6-foot length
  • Wide 58-inch width
  • 20D orange outside fabric across entire surface.
  • 10D green inside fabric

I purchased this quilt during Enlightened Equipment's November pre-holiday discount sales event. Since it is 40 degree rated, my original intention was to wait and use it during the warm season. However, for the winter I've been layering it over a 20 degree sleeping bag, and then placing both in a bivy sack. So far so good. 

One night it only got down to the mid-30s F and I woke up thinking I has having heat stroke—so it definitely adds warmth. My bivy sack has a non-breathable fabric in the foot box and this quilt has done a good job preventing internal condensation from reaching my sleeping bag. I also like that this quilt has a drawstring in its foot box so I can adjust how much ventilation my feet get.

Revelation APEX 20 degree Fahrenheit.

I customized my order as follows:

  • Regular 6-foot length
  • Regular 54-inch width
  • 10D navy blue outside fabric across center.
  • 20D light blue "weather resistant stripes" across outside top and bottom.
  • 10D yellow inside fabric

Impressed by my winter outings with my orange 40-degree version, I decided to order a 20-degree version to use instead of my sleeping bag. It's F.O.B. (fresh out of box), but hope to get out with it soon.  Will provide updated review in the future.

Downsides

The only downside of each version I've noticed thus far is that the inside fabric is quite billowy and can easily get caught in the zipper and snaps if you are not mindful. It would be nice for the manufacturer to add another stitch line about 1 inch in from each long edge to keep the inside fabric away from the zipper and snaps.

Pictures

40 deg F version. Hanging up in a trail shelter:
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40 deg F version. Wrapped around a sleeping bag, getting ready to go into bivy sack:

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40 deg F version. The quilt's drawstring foot box allows me to adjust how much of my sleeping bag's foot box (grey thing peaking out) is ventilated:
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20 deg F version. Showing the lighter blue "20D weather resistant" stripes across top and bottom with thinner 10D material across the center:
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20 deg F version. Zipper and snaps along long outer edges:
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Both versions. Billowy inside fabric has potential to get caught in zipper and snaps if you are not careful:
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Both versions. A large cotton storage bag was included with each order. The bottom has hand marked specs of the order. The back of the bag has washing instructions for the quilt:

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Both versions. Nylon stuff sack is included too:
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Jake W

Nice review Greg, thanks for sharing!


4 months ago
Alicia MacLeay TRAILSPACE STAFF

Thanks for the helpful review and pictures of your quilt, Greg! Thanks for taking the time to share your experience with these so far.


4 months ago

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Enlightened Equipment Revelation APEX

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