Enlightened Equipment Revelation

Specs

Weight 19.79 oz

Reviews

17

This quilt is great for those who feel too confined…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $375

Summary

This quilt is great for those who feel too confined in a mummy bag and are searching for an ultralight alternative to a sleeping bag that won't sacrifice warmth.

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Compact storage
  • Customizable color
  • Customizable insulation
  • Customizable size
  • Baffled construction
  • Enclosed footbox
  • Attaches to mattress pad

Cons

  • No hood
  • Down insulation requires special care
  • Down insulation can shift over time

As far back as I can remember, I was taught that mummy bags were the best (and effectively the only) way to keep warm in the woods. After all, it makes perfect sense—mummy bags decrease the amount of air around the body and capture all the body heat you can in an enclosed space.

Unfortunately, they also restrict movement while you're in them. This is less true in high-end mummy bags that feature full-length zippers, footbox zippers, etc., but I never used those. I always had bags that featured quarter or half zips on only one side. As someone who is a side / stomach sleeper, this was miserable! I can't sleep comfortably unless I can bend at least one leg for stability.  

I gave up on being comfortable while hiking years ago and just kept up the trend of using a mummy bag for a few years, deciding it isn't comfortable, and finally buying a new mummy bag (I have quite the collection now).

It wasn't until about a year ago that I discovered backpacking quilts. After doing some research, I kept coming back to EnLIGHTened Equipment. Their reviews were consistently good and they gave me the ability to customize every aspect of my quilt.

After poking around their site and asking every question I could think of, I finally decided on the EnLIGHTened Equipment Revelation Quilt (a decision that was then reenforced when CleverHiker.com named it the best sleeping bag / quilt of 2015) and I couldn't possibly be happier with my decision.

MATERIALS:  EnLIGHTened Equipment makes all their quilts to order, so you actually get to choose your own materials! For my Revelation Quilt, I chose the 20 degree 900 fill DownTek Water-Repellant Down in a 10D nylon shell with 20D weather-resistant nylon strips at the head and foot. You also have the option to choose 800 fill (duck) down, 850 fill (goose) down, and 950 fill (goose) down (950 is only available on some products) in either regular down or DownTek Water-Repellant Down.

When it comes to down fill ratings, it is important to remember that this does not (or rather, should not) affect warmth. Rather, it is a measurement of the lofting power of 1 oz of down. If everything else remains the same, it will take less 900 fill down to create a 20 degree bag than it would if you used 600 fill down. Both bags will have a 20 degree rating, but the 900 fill bag will weigh less and be more easily compressed.  

I went with 900 fill for my bag because of the weight and compression. I want to keep my pack as light weight as possible, but don't want to sacrifice warmth to do it. If weight weren't an issue, I would have saved the money and gone for an 800 fill quilt instead.

The rest of the materials were chosen for added weather resistance. I specifically chose the DownTek Water-Repellant Down. This doesn't make my quilt waterproof; indeed I still have to be careful not to get it wet. It does, however, make it somewhat more forgiving.

The same is true of the 20D weather-resistant strips. EnLIGHTened Equipment's 10D and 20D fabrics both have a Durable Water Repellant coating. However, the 10D is more breathable while the 20D is more rugged (though two of my friends have since told me that they have only the 10D on their bag / quilt and have never had issues).  

I chose to add the 20D for those days when I choose to leave the tent behind and sleep under a tarp in the summer. Like the DownTek, the 20D strips don't make my quilt waterproof, but do give me a little additional flexibility.

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DESIGN:  The Revelation Quilt has a great design in my eyes.   

First of all, as the name suggests, this is a quilt, not a bag. On warmer nights, you can open it up fully and use it as a blanket. As the temperature drops, you can cinch the footbox closed using the attached cinch cord, zipper, and snaps to retain body heat, then attach the sides of the quilt to your mattress pad (The quilt comes with two elastic straps so you can connect your quilt to your mattress) to protect against the cold ground.  

Even when enclosed, I find the Revelation to be far more comfortable than any bag I have used in the past. It holds the warmth in wonderfully and I still get to move my legs and arms around. If it gets even colder, you can use the same attachment points on the side of the quilt to snap it into the familiar mummy shape and hold on to as much body heat as you can product.

Just make sure to do this with the opening on the bottom. That way you don't have a nice body-length vent running along your quilt. If you really want a zipper instead of these snaps, the new EnLIGHTened Equipment Convert quilt uses a full length zipper. Personally, I like the snaps as they give me more freedom to move.

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One downside to the quilt design is that it doesn't include a hood. This didn't bother me too much when I ordered the Revelation since I usually sleep in a hat while camping. However, when my Revelation arrived, I found that the "long" size was longer than I had anticipated — long enough, in fact, that I could pull it completely over my head!

Next, there is the matter of baffling. Down bags, quilts, jackets, etc. will either use baffled or sewn-through designs.  Sewn-through is exactly what it sounds like — the two pieces of fabric are stitched together in order to create pockets / channels for the down. While this method saves weight, it creates small cold-spots around the stitching.  

Baffles, on the other hand, are small pieces of mesh fabric that are attached to the front and back of the bag / quilt / garment. They weigh a little more, but allow the bag / quilt / garment to have more loft and avoid cold spots. All of EnLIGHTened Equipment's quilts use mesh baffles, leading to a particularly warm quilt.  

When you unpack your quilt, you can feel the amount of space between the inner and outer fabric. It's difficult to show this in photos, but if you look at the stitching used on the inner and outer fabric, you'll notice that it is different colored thread.

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EnLIGHTened Equipment is very proud of their "Shiftless Baffle" design. When looking at the Revelation Quilt, this is the V shape that the baffles take. EnLIGHTened Equipment used vertical baffles on the sides of the quilt so as to prevent insulation from falling to the sides, leaving a cold spot for side sleepers.

However, they also wanted to ensure that insulation wouldn't evacuate the footbox during packing / unpacking, so they turned the baffles horizontal at the foot of the quilt. This "Shiftless Baffle" design gives the down less range of motion that either horizontal or vertical baffles would do on their own, but also avoids the weight of more complex baffle patters (grid, Greek key, etc.).

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LOFT:  The loft on my 900 fill quilt is a little deceiving at first. When I unpack it, it appears to be almost flat. Within 5 minutes, however, it quickly bulks back up. All in all, the baffles seem to be doing their job as this quilt lofts up wonderfully.

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WARMTH:  The first time I took my bag out, it dropped to 22°F overnight. In any of my old bags, that would have been a miserable evening, but the Revelation did a great job. Once I got the hang of using it (it can take a little adjusting to get rid of all the drafts), I slept like a baby. Waking up wasn't quite as pleasant, but I was able to wear the Revelation as a sort of crude cape while I made my morning coffee, so that definitely helped.

COMFORT:  I am amazed at how comfortable this quilt is. This was the first time I ever really splurged and bought a high end quilt / bag — the difference in how it feels is fantastic. Granted, I normally sleep in long underwear, shorts, and a t-shirt while camping, but even when I tried this bag out at home, it felt great against the skin. The fabric is very soft and the quilt traps warmth amazingly well.

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FEATURES:  

  • Footbox:  On cold nights, a drawstring can be used to close the foot of the quilt. A zipper and snap can then be used to create a fully enclosed footbox.
  • Mattress Pad Attachment:  A set of snaps on either side of the quilt allow you to attach it (using the included mattress straps) to your mattress pad. This will help to insulate you against the cold ground at night.
  • Fully Enclosable:  The mattress pad attachment points can also be used to seal the quilt into a bag. Two sets of snaps at the head help to seal in as much warmth as possible.
  • DownTek Down:  Water-repellant down can be added for an extra fee. This treatment doesn't make your down waterproof, but does add a little more water resistance to make it more forgiving.
  • 20D Weather Resistant Strips:  Weather resistant 20D nylon strips can be added to the head and food of your quilt for added strength and weather resistance if you know you're rough on quilts / bags.
  • Customizable Size:  The Revelation comes in Extra Short, Short, Regular, and Long lengths (mine is a Long) and Slim, Regular, Wide, and Extra Wide widths (mine is a Regular). You can pick exactly the size that works best for you.
  • Customizable Down:  In addition to choosing DownTek or regular down, you can choose between 800 fill duck down, 850 fill goose down, and 900 fill goose down.
  • Customizable Temperature:  The Revelation comes in 50 F, 40 F, 30 F, 20 F, 10 F, and 0 F temperature ratings so you can decide how much quilt you really need.
  • Customizable Colors:  The ability to choose colors is really nice. I went with a black interior (shows wear less) and a neon orange exterior (great for emergency signaling). You can pick whatever color scheme strikes your fancy!

EASE OF USE:  While a quilt seems like the easiest thing in the world to use, there is a bit of a learning curve here if you want to keep out drafts. If you have ever lived in a drafty old New England house, this shouldn't be anything new for you.

Once you get comfortable, you'll want to tuck the edges of your quilt underneath yourself in order to help protect against drafts. Attaching your quilt to your mattress pad definitely helps here as it forces the edges of the quilt to roll under you somewhat.

There are two straps included with the Revelation. One is an actual mattress strap – this one is an elastic ring with two clips, one of which can be moved. This one attaches to your mattress pad and holds the quilt on top of the pad, but beneath you. The second strap is shorter and only attaches the the quilt — you'll run this one under you and attach it once you're in the quilt in order to keep the edges tucked in through the night.  

You do need to be careful here as these quilts are not designed to wrap under the mattress pad itself. Incorrectly attaching your mattress straps could damage the quilt.

PACKABILITY:  I am amazed at how well this quilt packs down. Mine weighs in at 20.47 oz and fits into a 7" x 12" nylon stuff sack (the photo makes it looks a bit larger, but it really does compress down to this size), but I normally just pack it down into the bottom of my pack in order to avoid a lumpy backpack.

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NOTES:  Each EnLIGHTened Equipment quilt is made to order, so expect a 4-6 week wait after you place your order. It isn't as convenient as picking up something from REI, but these quilts are well worth the wait!

Down does come with a few care / maintenance considerations. First, you need to be careful not to get it wet. This is true whether you have a down quilt from the '70s or a DownTek down quilt with weather resistant 20D nylon shell. No material is perfect. While modern materials make down more weather resistant, they don't make them impervious to water.  

If your quilt does get wet, make sure to dry it completely before packing it away. The best way to avoid getting your quilt wet on long hikes is to use a pack liner or a contractor bag inside your pack. Personally, I use the pack liners sold by GossamerGear. They weigh next to nothing and come in a set of two for $5.  

Jake W

Great review Brent!


3 years ago
markhor

You should try and step it up, Brent : )


3 years ago
Brent Mills

@Markhor - can you tell I had a little bit ...or maybe most of a pot... of coffee before I sat down to write this one?


3 years ago
G00SE

Excellent review. I'm currently testing another quilt for the review corps, and I agree that not having a hood is noticeable. Still, I've been enjoying it.


3 years ago
markhor

30 reviews in darn near as many days? You're on fire, bro! Impressive!


3 years ago
Alicia MacLeay TRAILSPACE STAFF

Another great review, Brent. It's not only a helpful review of the quilt itself, but also how and why it works the way it does. Thanks!


3 years ago
Ashleigh

Great review of a really awesome looking quilt, Brent!


3 years ago
Twig

Hi Brent, thanks for the great review. I'm going to pull the trigger on one but am really debating the weather strips. One of my main reasons for wanting them is just for the look...A burnt orange w/ black interior looks awesome but seems to be one of the more popular combinations. Adding blue strips would turn this into a one-off, dual-action Denver Bronco fan kit! I also use mostly single-walled shelters in a humid enviro, so the water resistance benefit does seem worth it. Are you still glad you went with the 20D wx strips? Thanks for the advice.


2 years ago
Rob R

I too have the Revelation 20 quilt. Not my first quilt but definitely the best quilt.


1 year ago
6

Excellent—my primary "bag" for about a year and…

Rating: rated 4 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $240

Summary

Excellent—my primary "bag" for about a year and about 30 nights out, from 60°F to -10°F.

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • An essential layer (inner or external)
  • Comes in many temp ratings
  • Made in Minnesota
  • Responsive company

The Revelation is now an essential part of my primary sleep system. With typical season, all clothing worn and 3/4 NeoAir pad, I sleep well to 40°F (in a 40°F rated quilt).  When colder, this becomes my inner bag atop several full length pads.

My quilt's specs:

  • Revelation, Ready to ship (non-custom)
  • 800 GDD
  • Hydrophobic Down (HyperDry)
  • Temperature: 40°F (5°C)
  • Size: Regular / Wide
  • $240.00 USD.  

My next bag will be a 0°F Engima (same as Revelation but with a sewn foot box). 

To Brett Mills' excellent review, I add:

   -- in addition to wearing a stocking cap, add a heavy-weight, fleece balaclava for a second head layer, neck protection, and a humidifying/warming layer to breathe through. (This is the least-weight way of increasing the sleep system's effective temp rating... cheaper than a down hoodie and usable during the day.)

  --  Quilts comes with a small, waterproof stuff sack and a large, breathable, storage bag.

second gear

Very intriguing....


3 years ago
4

Versatile, well made, warm and light. Comfortable…

Rating: rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $430

Summary

Versatile, well made, warm and light. Comfortable in the desert and in the High Sierra. This quilt delivers—great for long distance backpackers/bike touring.

Pros

  • Ultralight
  • Durable
  • Packs up small
  • Warm
  • Drys quickly

Cons

  • Condensation accumulates
  • Expesive

Overall I loved this bag-alternative. I was very concerned with 1) lowering the base weight of my pack and 2) staying warm at night.
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These bags are custom made, so here are my specs:

  • Down Fill: 950, Down Treatment: DownTek Water-Repellent Down
  • Temperature: 10°F (-12°C)
  • Length: Regular - 6', Width: Regular - 54"

Warmth - It's warm! (I am definitely a cold sleeper.) My 10°F bag worked incredibly well for me over the course of six months on the PCT. It was comfortable in the desert and in the High Sierra. That being said, there were some nights in September and October, when it definitely went below zero at night and I was very cold -- was I comfortable, not at all... was I safe and rested enough for a full day of hiking the next day, yes!! You can use this bag in shoulder seasons for sure. Just be realistic about the quality of sleep you expect from ultralight gear when you push the boundaries of temperature ratings.

Fit & Comfort - Very comfortable for a 5'9" individual. I could just cover my head if I needed to, but most people would supplement this quilt with a puffy or a hood. Comfortable on warm nights when the bag is unzipped and uncinched. Warm on cold nights when the bag in cinched, buttons are buttoned and the sleeping pad straps are on tight.

Entry/Exit - Easy when not using the sleeping pad straps, very clumsy with the straps. On colder nights I felt like an out-of-practice magician trying to either climb into the pre-strapped quit or grab and clip the elastics behind me and my sleeping pad.

Moisture - 80% of the time great, 20% of the time enLIGHTened Equipment quilts would have A TON of condensation on the outside of the quilt when other bags/quilts would not. To me, it is the most annoying thing about this bag, but it wouldn't make me look for an alternative. They dry really fast, it's just really annoying to deal with condensation when others at the same camp spots did not. This happened to other folks with enLIGHTened Equipment quits on the PCT too.

Packability - Awesome! Light and stuffs up small.

Loft - Holds up under intense use. I used this quilt every night for six months and I washed it maybe three times while on trail. It stayed nice and fluffy, but you definitely notice a difference after washing with Down Wash.

Construction & Durability - Great. This quilt took heavy/abusive use and it held up. I plan to continue using it for a long time.

Conditions: Used every night for six months, in the desert, High Sierra, and on the border of Washington and Canada.

Airing it out at an early camp spot:
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Cowboy setups:
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Alicia MacLeay TRAILSPACE STAFF

Great review, Christine! Thanks for taking the time to share it.


6 months ago
G00SE

Very nice review, Christine. Thanks for posting.


6 months ago
3

The Enlightened Equipment Revelation offers a versatile…

Rating: rated 3.5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: 275 USD

Summary

The Enlightened Equipment Revelation offers a versatile and highly customizable quilt design at an economical price. My quilt has met my expectations for warmth, adaptability, and durability. Although, it does suffer some significant drawbacks from having under-filled baffles, which is why I give it a lower rating. Recently, EE has acknowledged this issue and has been adding more down to their baffles, so this may be a thing of the past.

Pros

  • Lightweight and compact
  • A good summer quilt
  • Made in Minnesota, USA
  • Fully customizable
  • Versatile

Cons

  • Down shifts
  • Baffles are underfilled
  • Pad attachment system ineffective

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Conditions
: I received my quilt August 2016 and have since used it for multi-day trips on the Florida and Appalachian trails. I carried it for the entire length of New Zealand’s Te Araroa, about 3000 kms and 4 months in duration. I will be taking it on a thru-hike of the PCT but will probably switch to my warmer Katabatic Gear Alsek 22*F quilt when I hit the high elevations of the Sierras.

Here are the specs on my particular quilt:

  • Weight: 15.7 oz
  • Colors: black interior/burnt orange exterior
  • Material: 10D nylon
  • Fill: 900FP DownTek
  • Dimensions: Regular length=6', Regular width=54"
  • Accessories: 2 pad straps (0.4 ounces each), stuff sack, storage sack

20180608_144223.jpg20180608_144238.jpgI wanted to mention, a month after I ordered my quilt, Enlightened Equipment lowered their prices slightly. Since I was waiting three months for my quilt to be made, I figured it was worth asking if they could apply the new cost structure to my order. They promptly replied and refunded me the $30 difference. I was very appreciative of this and feel their customer service is quite good.

Also, I will not go into as many details as I normally would because Trailspace.com member Brent Mills already covered many background topics in his excellent and thorough review of his quilt. He describes the differences between a backpacking quilt and mummy bag, sewn-through vs box baffle construction, and care of down products. I will assume most readers are already somewhat knowledgeable about the pros and cons of backpacking quilts, down, fill power, etc.

Fit & Comfort: EE offers so many customization options that finding a perfect fit should be easy. These options can almost be overwhelming when trying to decide.  Customers may choose from five lengths: XShort, Short, Regular, Long, and XLong. There are also four widths: Slim, Regular, Wide, and XWide. Specifications for each selection are provided on their website. I am of average height and a bit on the skinny side, so a size regular length and width has worked well for me. If you want full wrap-around protection, I’d advise ordering a wide or Xwide quilt.
20180226_201603.jpgThe design of a backpacking quilt is very suitable for my sleeping style, as well. I toss and turn a lot, often ending up on my stomach with a knee or leg kicked out. I always felt bound and disoriented inside a mummy bag. A quilt allows me to poke my knees out and always seems to end up over the top of me, no matter what position I sleep in. After using quilts for several years in the backcountry, there is nothing I miss about a mummy bag.
20180215_185610.jpgAnother attribute of a quilt is that it can be worn as a piece of clothing. This may allow someone to shed weight by ditching their down puffy jacket or supplement clothing on a really cold evening. It also can serve as a fashion statement.
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A hiker trash fashion and talent show on the AT.

My only complaints about comfort stem from the enclosure clips and the neck drawcord. When I have the buckles clipped together, I can sometimes feel them underneath me. I also don’t like that the neck drawcord is right in my face when I’m sleeping.
20180608_144339.jpgThe neck drawcord, positioned in the center, tends to dangle right in your face. It would be nice if EE could offset or recess this somehow.

Entry & Exit: This topic almost needs no comment, given the easy-going, blanket-like nature of a quilt. You merely have to stick your feet into it when the footbox is closed or just lay it over yourself like a blanket when it’s fully open. The only time it becomes cumbersome is when using the quilt at the low end of its temperature range. Having to clip and unclip the 2 side buckles, as well as the 2 snaps at the head can get tedious. Luckily, in summer conditions, I don’t often find the need to cinch the quilt this much.
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Warmth: EE produces the Revelation in 6 different temperature rages, from 0°-50°F. I ordered a 30°F quilt, intending for it to be a summer bag. Given that I’m a female and usually sleep pretty cold, I figured it would perform sufficiently as a 40° quilt. But I have been pleasantly surprised when temperatures have dipped into the upper and mid 30’s on several occasions. I have even woken up to frost on my tent and mused how it was that I wasn’t also frozen. Granted, I do not relish nights in the 30’s and do not ever want to push it into the 20’s.

I have felt some cold spots on my butt and shoulders. This probably has to do with the down shift that has occurred over time and also the lack of blood flow in some of these areas. But I have been most surprised that my feet have never gotten cold overnight. I used to struggle keeping my feet warm in mummy bags…perhaps the unrestricted nature of the quilt helps in this regard.

As far as mitigating drafts, I have found that simply securing the pad clips and snaps to one another works best. Doing so most closely replicates a fully enclosed, zippered bag. The quilt also comes with a pad attachment system, which are a pair of elastic bands and clips designed to fit around a sleeping pad. These create points to secure the quilt around your body and pad, trapping the heat.20180608_144318.jpg20180608_144305.jpg20180608_144509.jpgSuch a method works really well with my Katabatic Gear quilt, which incorporates cords and cord clips, as opposed to elastic bands and buckles. After using that quilt for a month on the Colorado Trail, I later found the Revelation’s pad attachment system to be a disappointment. The width of the clips is hard to adjust, it’s tedious to buckle/unbuckle the clips in the dark and the elastic bands are slightly uncomfortable to sleep on.

I also don’t think it helps in trapping the heat all that much. The sides of the quilt don’t wrap around my body very well, at least compared to how well my Katabatic Gear quilt hugs me…the differential cut of the latter quilt really seems to make a difference. Considering that the Katabatic Gear quilt was nearly double the cost of the Revelation, this could be forgiven. But I no longer carry the elastic bands with me, relying solely on securing the quilt around my body when it gets really cold.

Moisture: EE uses Durable Water Repellent (DWR) shell fabrics that repel water very well. This stands as a first line of defense. Their down is also treated with a hydrophobic chemical, which makes the down fibers resistant to water. This down, called DownTek, is standard for all new quilts but was optional at the time I purchased my quilt. I’m glad I chose this option, as I have certainly appreciated the down’s resistance to condensation. For more nights than I could count, I have woken to a condensation-covered footbox, due to brushing up against the sides of my single-wall tent, the Solplex.

20171204_064521.jpgSince the nylon shell is so water resistant, it usually just takes a few swipes of my packtowl to dry sufficiently. I have also packed the quilt slightly damp on many occasions and have never noticed that it was still damp by the time I pulled it out in the evening. Even so, there was one day when my packliner leaked a little rainwater and the down got slightly wet. It dried overnight and was not a problem. I really noticed how water-resistant the quilt is when I finally gave it a bath. It took me a good 20 minutes to squeeze out all the air and get the feathers fully saturated.

Packability and Loft: The compression of the 10D nylon and 900 FP down is excellent. I can easily fit the quilt into a 10L stuff sack, with room left over for all my spare clothes. It could probably even fit into a 5L sack.

The loft of my quilt is generally very good too, but suffers from two problems: being dirty and the quilt being under-filled (which I’ll address later). The downside to higher fill powers is that they more easily become compromised by dirt and oils. I am generally above average when it comes to my hygiene and care for my gear. I even use a quilt liner every night, just to protect the quilt from getting soiled. Even so, the loft of my quilt became greatly diminished over the course of my thru-hike. Once I washed it, it came back to a ‘like-new’ condition.

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20180419_094254.jpgJust look at the difference in the water between wash and rinse cycles...my quilt definitely needed a bath!

Other Features:

Customizable Colors:  You can spot EE quilts from a mile away, as they are almost always the most wild color combinations out there. Trail friends of mine went with hot pink, orange, and pea green…not my idea of attractive but such a combo certainly ensures that no one else will ever confuse your stuff for theirs! I chose a more standard combination of a black interior and a burnt orange exterior. Having at least one dark color is ideal, as this absorbs heat and accelerates drying your quilt in the sun. Orange is a good choice for if you ever need a large, bright surface area for emergency signaling. Many others choose this combo, so your quilt won’t be as unique. But it will be practical and still look good!

Enclosed Footbox:  Drawstrings and a 20" zipper create an enclosed footbox, while also allowing the quilt to open fully as a blanket. Two snaps at the end of the zipper gives more security in avoiding zipper blow-outs due to an accidental leg kick. I really like this versatility, especially given the range of conditions encountered during a thru-hike. More often than not, the quilt has been overkill in summer conditions but I have most frequently used the quilt in footbox mode. It can be a pain to have to fumble with the zipper when it gets cold in the middle of the night. Another option is to adjust the drawstrings to allow an opening at the bottom, then cinch it closed as it get colder.
20180608_144258.jpg20180608_144442.jpgOptional 20D Weather Resistant Strips:  These are 20D nylon strips that can be sewn at the head and food of a quilt for added durability and weather resistance…they add a few ounces in weight, too. I debated whether or not to go with this option and I’m glad I didn’t. The 10D nylon is already water resistant enough, as is the down. I am also pretty careful with my gear, so damage to the nylon in these areas hasn’t been an issue for me.

Construction & Durability: The significant downfall of this quilt is that the baffles are under-filled and there is a small gap in the wall at the bottom of each baffle. This has led to a lot of down-shift over time. EE incorporates vertical baffles in a modified U or V shape, so that the baffles are horizontal at the footbox. The baffles are not sewn-through (a poor design which creates cold-spots at the stitching) but rather have a mesh material inside between the exterior and interior shells, separating one baffle from another. This is generally good, as it allows more space for the down to loft.
20180608_144223.jpgDown isn’t supposed to be able to migrate from one baffle to another but if you look closely at the bottom of each U, there is about a 1.5" gap in the stitching of the interior shell. I can only surmise that this is by design and serves some purpose? Unfortunately, these gaps have allowed significant amounts of down to leak from the center baffles towards the outer ones. I didn’t realize this until I got back from my thru-hike and had a chance to wash the quilt. After washing and drying, I realized that the lack of loft in the center wasn’t just from the down being dirty.

20180608_144942.jpgHolding the quilt up to the light shows clearly how much more down is in the outer baffles. I spent several hours coaxing little bits of down through the gaps back into the center baffles but in the picture, you can still see there is a big difference. I feel that I shouldn’t have to do this and it is a defect caused by the under-filling of the baffles as well as the gaps in the baffle walls. I haven’t contacted EE about this issue, but I know that they are well aware of it being a problem in pre-2018 quilts. They have stated that they are now filling their quilts by 10% more. I will probably eventually have to send the quilt in to be re-filled and have the gaps closed, and my hope is that they will do this at little to no cost. I’ll report back as to what happens.

I’m also not convinced about the practicality of vertical baffles, as I think they allow down to conglomerate too easily at the head and foot of the quilt. But for now, I remain pretty happy with my quilt, as it has met my expectations for warmth. I certainly love the weight…which I realize is a direct effect of it being under-filled.
20180329_101657.jpgAside from being a beautiful backdrop, this picture shows the limpness of the center baffles as opposed to the footbox area, where all the down has shifted to. This was at the very end of my four- month trip to New Zealand and that's me pondering what happened to the loft of my quilt. No wonder my butt and shoulders were getting cold but my feet stayed warm!

Jake W

Dang Twig, you've been putting out these quality reviews so quick that I can't keep up with reading them! Hahaha, another awesome one


1 month ago
Alicia MacLeay TRAILSPACE STAFF

Another awesome review, Twig!


1 month ago
2

I like this quilt, mainly because when backpacking…

Rating: rated 4 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $280

Summary

I like this quilt, mainly because when backpacking in summer months and shoulder season spring and fall temps sometimes my Western Mountaineering bag is a little overkill. This is the enLightened Equipment Revelation 20° down quilt in navy and charcoal, regular wide.

Pros

  • Convenience for side sleepers
  • Lightweight
  • Price

Cons

  • Straps need a learning curve
  • Not sure this quilt will match temp ratings
  • Need to be wider as advertised, at 58" it's 56"

The quilt for the money is unbeatable, as well as the service. Size of my quilt is regular, width wide. I'm a stocky built guy and this quilt fits me even when I toss and turn. However for a wide I think the quilt needs to be two inches wider.

The straps that attach to the pads seem to work OK, and I haven't had any issues with them, but I'm glad I watched the Enlightened video on how to attach the straps.

I tested the bag in temps down to the low 40's, but I have my doubts about temps into the 20s, we shall see.

Customer service is excellent, except I had to follow up a few times in order to get answers regarding the quilt's width. Wide is supposed to be 58" but it's actually 56" which was finally explained to me by Jacob at Enlightened and that I had the correct quilt as purchased.

I would like this quilt to be a little wider as when I turn to my side I felt a little draft sneak in. This is the reason I believe it won't be comfortable at 20° as rated since I had to wear a puffy and cinch everything down as well as wear a hat in 40° weather.

I backpack a lot here in the Utah mountains and national parks, so this quilt works well for mainly temps 40° and above, which means I won't be using this quilt in the winter months or late fall and early spring.

Alicia MacLeay TRAILSPACE STAFF

Nice review, David! Thanks for taking the time to share it. Do you have any pictures of your quilt you could show others in your review? Welcome to Trailspace!


1 year ago
Rob R

I have recently bought the same quilt but in the long/wide version. I can easily flip around in it without letting drafts in. As for the rating, that's somewhat subjective. I add 10 degrees to the rating and that's my comfort level. If I'm going below that "comfort level", I'll wear more clothing.


1 year ago
2

This product is great for ultralight backpacking.

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $250

Summary

This product is great for ultralight backpacking. It weighs nothing, packs down to nothing, and is a true three-season quilt.

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Versatile
  • Packs small

Cons

  • Can be drafty
  • Slightly fragile

I find that the quilt is true to its temperature rating if you are out of the wind. Because it is a quilt, it tends to be a little drafty if you move around a lot in it. It's warmest if you sleep on your back, but I can sleep on my side and still be fully enclosed. Just be aware that if you toss and turn, you will likely expose the open underside and let in some cold air. 

You have length and width options to choose from so that you can get a good fit for your body. If you like to sleep on your side, consider a wider width so that you'll have plenty of room. 

Since this doesn't have a zipper, it's a little more difficult to get in and out of the bag, but I don't consider it to be any big deal. 

If you are concerned about moisture, get the optional weather resistance stripes on the top and bottom of the bag. They make a big difference. 

The quilt packs down super tiny, and so easily that I don't even have to bother with a compression sack. Then after unpacking, it lofts up again almost immediately.

All the features work great. I love the pad straps and the ability to completely open up the toe box. Just be gentle with the snaps, as the fabric is obviously thin and feels like it could tear with rough use (though I have not had any tears yet in the year I've owned it). 

The quilt has held up really well over time, and EE is really great about making repairs if the need should arise. A few months after I got the quilt I noticed that one of the seams was coming apart. EE paid shipping costs both ways and repaired the quilt for free. 

I've used this quilt for one year in all sorts of conditions—under a tarp, cowboy camping, in lean-to's, in tents, and in a huge variety of temperatures—from 20 degrees to 80 degrees. It's so versatile that it can handle any temperature above its rating, as well as a good deal below if you supplement with a liner and warm clothes. 

Alicia MacLeay TRAILSPACE STAFF

Welcome to Trailspace, Leah! Thanks for taking the time to share such a helpful review of your EE quilt. I'd love to see a few pictures of yours in your review.


2 years ago
JRinGeorgia

Leah, you mention the pad straps so I assume you are using them, in which case I'm surprised you find the quilt so drafty. I have the Enigma (same thing just with a sewn footbox) and I'm a rotisserie sleeper but rarely get drafts with the edges of the quilt held down by the pad straps. To get in and out easily, attach only 3 of the 4 strap buckles, leaving one open at the top so you can fold the quilt back (like turn-down service in a hotel), then you can climb in easily and click the 4th strap buckle to snug it around you.


2 years ago
Leah L.

Yeah, I use the pad straps and they work great. I didn't mean to say to imply that I find the quilt drafty, just that it can let in drafts if you move around too much.


2 years ago
0

Lightweight, affordable comfort for the UL backpacking…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $275

Summary

Lightweight, affordable comfort for the UL backpacking dude or dudette!

Pros

  • Weight just 19 oz
  • Packs down super small
  • Affordable
  • Made in USA

Cons

  • Can be drafty in colder temperatures

Reaffirming what has been said before. The Revelation is a great lightweight quilt for three-season backpacking. This 20-degree version is warm enough for summer cooler temperature at altitude.

I don't mess with the supplied straps and I like how small this packs down. For the price, I believe it's a good value for three-season overnights. Used it for eight nights to section hike the JMT in Yosemite. 
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Alicia MacLeay TRAILSPACE STAFF

Thanks for the review, Bryan.


6 months ago
G00SE

Thanks for posting, Bryan.


6 months ago
0

Bad customer service and policy. I hiked the PCT 2017.

Rating: rated 1.5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $375

Summary

Bad customer service and policy.

Pros

  • Light

Cons

  • Customer service
  • Policy
  • Warmth
  • Right size

I hiked the PCT 2017. I had this 0-degree bag and I was freezing at night and I did strap it correctly. I came to the conclusion that the seller I called sold me a quilt too small for me. So I called them back after three weeks on trail. They told me their policy is only 40 days and I passed it (compared to a year for all other major sleeping bag companies).

They didn't want to help me at all and preferred to let me freeze than exchange it for a bigger one or give me the money back. Go for a Feathered Friends, ZPack, or REI instead.

Joel Beaudoin

Alicia MacLeay TRAILSPACE STAFF

Welcome to Trailspace, Joel. Too bad about your EE bag not working out. Did you get another bag instead?


8 months ago
0

Cold! Regret buying two of these. Not at all what…

Rating: rated 0.5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $565 for two

Summary

Cold! Regret buying two of these. Not at all what is advertised temp-wise.

Pros

  • Custom color choices
  • Compressibility

Cons

  • Cold! Nowhere near rated temps
  • Straps don't keep out drafts
  • Did I mention it's cold?!

I am a female backpacker and am super disappointed with my EE quilts and wish I'd never bought them. Mine is supposedly rate to 10 degrees but I freeze in it below 45°. I've tried every way of strapping it and the only thing that sorta works is buttoning it up like a sleeping bag and trying to sleep with the openings toward my XTherm pad.

I bought one for my son and it's supposed to be a 30° but he can't bear it even on 50+ nights. Just putting an alternative view out there to balance all of the positive ones which led me to these regrettable purchases. 

G00SE

Marissa, welcome to Trailspace. I'm so sorry to hear about your experience. Just a thought...the down can shift around and settle unevenly. Have you tried shaking the quilts out before sleeping in them? That might help.


1 year ago
Alicia MacLeay TRAILSPACE STAFF

Welcome to Trailspace, Marissa. I'm sorry to hear you had such a disappointing experience with these quilts. Did you reach out to EE for any assistance?


1 year ago
Marissa

Just heard from EE and they offered some tips as well as a way for me to ship it back and have it stuffed with more down(for a fee). Going to try their tips. Not sure I want to invest more $ in them. Thanks.


1 year ago
Alicia MacLeay TRAILSPACE STAFF

Good luck, Marissa. I hope you'll let us know how it works out.


1 year ago
Tomthompson

Unless you and your son are cold sleepers, I'm betting you are experiencing temperature from the ground through your sleeping pad. To test, use a closed cell foam mattress - or synthetic blanket - between you and your pad. People often say that in a down sleeping *bag*, the down underneath you is useless since it is compressed. That is not true, it does provide insulation against ground temperature transfer.


1 year ago
0

I have an issue with the Revelation quilt down moving…

Rating: rated 2 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $250

Summary

I have an issue with the Revelation quilt down moving in the baffles and creating cold spots. If I hang the quilt to air out on a windy day the down will shift to the bottom of the quilt and it will need to be redistributed, a real pain to deal with.

Pros

  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Down shifts in the baffles creating cold spots
Alicia MacLeay TRAILSPACE STAFF

Welcome to Trailspace, Y. B. Average. Have you tried contacting the company to see if they can help? http://www.enlightenedequipment.com/our-guarantee/


2 years ago
Tomthompson

That will happen with any down quilt or bag hanging in the wind. Simply redistribute the down by brushing lightly & briskly with your fingertips.


1 year ago

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