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Katabatic Gear Palisade 30° Quilt

photo: Katabatic Gear Palisade 30° Quilt top quilt

Specs

Price Reviewers Paid: $445.00-$450.00
Sizes 5'6" / 6' / 6'6" / Wide 6' / Wide 6'6"
Fills 900 fill power HyperDry goose down / 850 fill powder HyperDry duck down / 900 fill power goose down

Reviews

5 reviews
5-star:   3
4-star:   1
3-star:   1
2-star:   0
1-star:   0

A great quilt with top notch materials. It is a bit higher price point than its competitors. The issue many people have is correct sizing. The quilt seems to run a little small unless you are a dead still back sleeper. Size up!!

Pros

  • Top quality materials
  • Secure attachment system
  • Excellent weight
  • Warm

Cons

  • Size runs a little small (makes huge difference)
  • Price is a tad high
  • Difficult to wash

Really nice quilt. Warm, light, durable, and well designed. The price point was a bit higher than competitors at the time of my purchase and I think that has been the primary drawback of this product for me.

I have seen other online reviews, in particular Outdoor Gear Lab, that complain about the fit and warmth leakage and other "average" features of this quilt.  I bought mine from the manufacturer over the phone and they made it clear to me that unless I am a very still back-sleeper, I will need to size up. I did size up and I have no fit issues.

The pad attachment system is really effective but dorky. You have to tie knots in little strings around your sleeping pad to make it work. I recommend doing as the product instructions say and find the exact placement of the strings that you like with experience over time and then tape the strings down on the bottom of your pad. Leave them there for deflation and storage. Bada bing. Good to go for next time. 

Getting the right size quilt and nailing it on pad attachment string placement is key to maximizing the warmth of this quilt. I am a relentless tosser and turner and I do get drafts, but not too bad. I wear a merino wool hat or balaklava when temps are colder.

Overall, I am a happy customer, but the competition is getting stiff out there for UL quilts. Pricing is going down overall and it looks like Katabatic has reduced their price of this product to stay competitive. 

Experience

I have used the quilt on countless nights backpacking and hut-tripping in all 4 seasons.

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $450

Alicia MacLeay TRAILSPACE STAFF

Welcome to Trailspace, Winter Woodsman! Thanks for sharing your first review with us.


23 days ago

Well made, high quality product

Pros

  • High quality construction
  • Good connection points to sleeping pad
  • Lightweight!
  • Warm!

Cons

  • Regular size is a little snug when winched down on pad

I read all the reviews there were for quilts in general, this brand and the Palisade specifically. I settled on a quilt to lighten up my gear for three-season use. So far I've used the quilt four times in temps ranging from 30 to 50 degrees.

As a baseline, I slept in long underwear (SmartWool merino wool lightweight top and bottoms) and a hat.  The lowest temp I've been in with this was around 28 degrees and was warm. 

I debated getting the wide version to have extra room when the bag was cinched to the pad, but went with regular to save weight. Im 5'10" and 165 for reference

All this said, I would buy it again. It's about 18 ounces with the cords and straps and is very light and checks the box for general three-season use. I live in the Northeast and if I were heading to the Adirondacks in fall or spring, I'd take a warmer bag (currently looking at the Sawatch). I have an arsenal of Western bags which are great and have 20 years of heavy backpacking experience to base this on.

Again, I would buy it again and will bring it on most of my trips because its high quality and light weight.

P.S. I'd like to see Katabatic figure a way to open the foot box for nights when it's warm. While most of the quilt can be lightly draped over the body in warmer weather, you still have to stick your feet in the foot box or have them outside. No middle ground.

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $450 or there about. I forgot

Bill "L.Dog" Garlinghouse

Bummer that you had those unexpected cold nights ... What kind of pad are you using, and what's the R-value?


8 years ago
Bill "L.Dog" Garlinghouse

That is true. Before I got a quilt, I found myself using my summer bag like one - till it got cold. On cold nights now, I'm generally in a hammock with an underquilt. I generally wear a merino base layer, socks, and a wool hat. And tuck that quilt in real good!


8 years ago
schifferj

I own Katabatic's Alsek (22 deg) and Sawatch (15 deg) quilts and have used each to about ten degrees above their rated temps with no real problems. I'm not sure that Katabatic uses the EN rating for sleeping bags but the rated limit is defined as Lower-limit rating is the lowest temperature at which the bag will keep a standard man warm. EN ratings are based on a sleeper wearing 1 long underwear layer and a hat, and sleeping on a single 1"-thick insulating pad. Paul did that and was still not warm enough so best guess is that he, like me, is not a "standard" man (whatever that may be) and sleeps colder. As I've grown older and become less "standard" I've sold or given away all my 30 and 40 degrees quilts and bags with the 22 degree being the highest temp rating bag/quilt I own. Like Paul I too have an "arsenal" of bags to draw from but I prefer the quilts for their comfort and light weight.


8 years ago

Fantastic!

Pros

  • Light
  • Extremely well made
  • No hood in the face

Cons

  • Just make sure your mattress is warm, if winter camping. :)

I used an unzipped regular Marmot Spire down bag for years, and by necessity, it was a bit overkill on warmth. The hood was often in my face, even though I bought it to match the side I tend to sleep on. 

This quilt is a way better concept. No hood in the face, down on top, instead of compressed below (or in my case, wasted in unnecessary width, when spread out).

I've been using the quilt for three years, many nights per year.

  • It's super well made.
  • Very cozy at its rated temp, when cinched to the mattress properly. 
  • Plenty of room in the foot box, and shoulders. I side sleep and curl my legs up and and am a very tall guy, no problem fitting under it still.
  • Moisture resistant down (my first) seems to work well. Bag seems much drier than any before after a sweaty night.
  • Packs super small.
  • Great loft after unpacking.

My last bag ever. :)

Experience

Three years heavy use. I am camping one to three months solid per year, bike touring. Used a lot at home too. :)
First quilt, long time sleeping bag user.
Used in a tent or under the stars, spring to late fall. All weather conditions.

Source: bought it used
Price Paid: About new US price; I bought it in europe, so no complaint.

Alicia MacLeay TRAILSPACE STAFF

Thanks for sharing a review of your quilt, Jeff!


2 years ago

Warm, lightweight, versatile, and durable. Highly recommend.

Pros

  • Warmth
  • Light weight

Cons

  • Can be drafty

Great quilt/bag! I've slept in it down to 30°F in this bag with a Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XTherm sleeping pad underneath with my long underwear and jacket underneath. I got this bag to cut down on weight and size for backpacking, but have mostly used this bag when car camping.

The bag is built very well especially for a lightweight bag. I generally sleep very cold, and I have tried many other bags and have never been able to sleep in them near their "rated" temperatures before. The Palisade is definitely warmer than other 30°F degree bags. I have even layered this bag with another 30 degree bag and slept in it down to -20°F.

After three years of use, maybe 10-20 nights a year, the bag is just as warm and lofts up to the same level it originally did.

There are benefits to having the quilt like design. I use this as a blanket and wrap it around myself and a few friends when we're around a fire. The one caveat to this bag, you need to make sure there is a decent seal between the bag and the sleeping pad otherwise a draft of cold air can wake you up in the night. Just treat it like a blanket and tuck yourself in at night and you'll be fine.

Source: bought it new

Alicia MacLeay TRAILSPACE STAFF

Welcome to Trailspace, Karen. Thanks for sharing your quilt review with us. Got any pictures of your Palisade you could add to your review?


6 years ago

Holy moly, this quilt is incredible! So light, and very well crafted.

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • High quality

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Only available directly from Katabatic Gear

This is the greatest warm season quilt I've ever used. It is lightweight, high quality, and a great option in warm season use. It has a great system to attach to the sleeping pad, if needed — no drafts or cold spots.

The footbox has extra space and down, for increased comfort. Getting in and out, with no zipper, is a cinch.

As it is down, you have to be conscious of moisture. Also, as it is a quilt, you have to consider the mattress pad for back warmth. I pair it with a Therma Rest Neo Air (X Light for summer trips, X Therm for winter trips).

This quilt has given me the lightest, most comfortable bag I've ever used. It has treated me very well over the past year, with dozen of days use.  I highly recommend this product, if you can afford the price, potential wait time, and lack of availability in a store for viewing prior to purchasing.

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $445

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