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Spirit Quilt 28°

rated 5 of 5 stars Comfortingly good My experience with camping quilts, before this Spirit 28 (XL), was solely with down. Am now a convert to ClimaShield Apex, except, perhaps, in summer: I have a PHDesigns down quilt which feels utterly weightless in cloying conditions. My s/h Spirit 28 has strips of eVent along both top and bottom of the quilt, so is a little heavier and rather quicker to compress than today's standard item; it compresses perhaps two-thirds as well as a down quilt of roughly the same original volume… Full review

eVent Rain Mitts

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Ultralight hand protection from cold rain/snow. It doesn't take too many trips where you encounter cold rain/wet snow to realize that your hands need protection from precip too. These eVENT mitts are the perfect choice for those looking for lightweight protection. Fit/finish is typical MLD — excellent! At 1.3 oz (mine are size Large) there is no reason these shouldn't be thrown in with your rain jacket. If it's really cold, layer these over fleece gloves or mittens. Mine have a lot of miles on… Full review

Core 28

rated 4.5 of 5 stars A very simple, lightweight backpack for those fast and light adventures. This is Ron's latest pack at Mountain Laurel Designs; it's offered in two sizes (22 and 28 liters), I'm reviewing the 28 liter one, although besides volume they appear to be identical. The listed weight for the 28 liters is 8.8 oz (including the removable waistbelt and sternum strap), on my scale the weight is spot on; the material is a 210 d Dyneema X fabric, a very hardy fabric (same material that is used on my Exped Lightning),… Full review

Exodus FS

rated 5 of 5 stars My first frameless pack. I chose wisely. This is the first frameless pack I've owned. My older pack is a Kelty Coyote 80L, which works well enough, but is 4.5 pounds heavier than the Exodus empty. 4.5 pounds off my back without even having anything in it. I've had it for a year now and after ~400 miles of hiking (SHT mostly) the only damage is one small hole in a mesh pocket, which I probably could've prevented. I went with MLD based on a lot of other good reviews and the fact that they do custom… Full review

Spirit Quilt 28°

rated 5 of 5 stars Synthetic fill over quilt that does the job. I purchased a Mountain Laurel Designs Spirit quilt to be used with my hammock. I purchased the 28° quilt and have only recently had a chance to use it, as the temperatures are now dropping here in the Northeast. I purchased the synthetic fill because I am also looking for it to replace a 30° sleeping bag that I use when I do have to use a tent and the chances of it getting wet are greater in the tent. Therefore this has an advantage over down in this… Full review

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Mountain Laurel Designs Coverage in the Trailspace Blog

Klymit Air Beam inflates your pack's frame sheet
Klymit's Air Beam backpack frame sheet is made of lightweight fabric and inflates with pressurized air. It claims to be stiffer, more comfortable, and offer optimal load transfer over regular frame sheets. Read more
July 13, 2012


Mountain Laurel Designs
1240 Wasena Ave SW
Roanoke, VA 24015

phone: (540) 588-1721