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Aegismax Wind Hard Quilt

user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1 review)

If you're looking for a quilt that won't break the bank and you don't expect cold temperatures (sub 40° F / 5° C ), this Aegismax Wind Hard quilt is an excellent choice.

Reasons to Buy

  • Affordable
  • Lightweight
  • Well constructed
  • Accurate temp rating
  • Simple to use for sleeping
  • Stuff sack/ hang bag included

Reasons to Avoid

  • No instructions provided
  • Complicated to "wear"

TEMPERATURE RATING The Aegismax Wind Hard quilt has been in my sights for awhile. I finally picked one up and was able to get out on a multi-day backpacking trip in some perfect weather to put this quilt to the test. The company rates the quilt at 0° - 5° Celsius (32° - 41° F) and my personal experience matches this assessment fairly close. As luck would have it, I had a hiking partner trying this quilt for the first time on this trip as well —Double review! My first night of testing the temperature dropped from 50°F down to 34°F in the morning when I woke up.

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Pendleton Grand Canyon National Park Throw

user rating: 5 of 5 (2 reviews)

The Pendleton Grand Canyon Throw is a terrific item for extreme outdoor athletes, and for those who love to sleep in style. Not only is it warm, but it's also durable and built to be the perfect survival item.

Reasons to Buy

  • High quality
  • Made with 100% Virgin Wool
  • Durable
  • Soft to the touch
  • Can be embroidered for a personal touch
  • Decorative
  • Made in the USA

Reasons to Avoid

  • A little on the pricey side

Most backpackers are known for skimping on luxury items. When you have so little space in your pack, you want to fill it with just the necessities. But Pendleton blends the world of luxury with the world of necessities by providing some of the market's best wool blankets. The Pendleton Grand Canyon Throw is among the most popular of the brand’s National Park blankets—and with good reason. The navy color with golden highlights make this product extremely eye-catching. But it’s also a versatile item, allowing users to prepare for the worst while in the backcountry.  Josh models the Pendleton Grand Canyon Throw MSRP: $199 Material: Wool Blanket Style The Pendleton Grand Canyon Throw measures 54 by 76 inches in size, making it a relatively...

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Prima-Care Medical Supplies Foil Mylar Rescue Blanket

user rating: 4 of 5 (1 review)

This may be one of the best inventions and, in my opinion, one of the most dangerous gear pieces out there for inexperienced users. It is best used as a heat reflector under a tent, as an under-quilt and covering for a hammock, or used to make a heated shelter. Can also be used as a fireplace heat reflector or as shade from the hot sun. I do not recommend using this as your primary blanket as it only reflects up to 90% of your body heat and it does not generate heat only reflect.

Reasons to Buy

  • lightweight
  • flexible
  • compact
  • reflective
  • has multi uses and purposes

Reasons to Avoid

  • Noisy if used as a blanket
  • Can easily tear
  • Do not be use as a primary blanket

  Prima Care Medical Supplies- Foil Mylar Rescue Blanket Designed for NASA, the Mylar Solar Blanket can be seen & sold on every camping and outdoor website. Solar blankets come in an assortment of different thicknesses, lengths, widths, and percentage of heat reflected back to person.  I have seen these Mylar Solar Blankets everywhere online such as EMS, REI, even hardware stores and Walmart. They are in people's EDC bag, bugout bag, car, or truck, sitting there waiting to be opened for the first time in a real life emergency. But that is just it...

Read more: Prima-Care Medical Supplies Foil Mylar Rescue Blanket review (1)

Therm-a-Rest Argo Blanket

user rating: 4 of 5 (1 review)

A lightweight synthetic fill blanket big enough to cover two intimate sleepers on summer nights. Could be improved with a foot pocket to keep bare tootsies from escaping.

Reasons to Buy

  • Just right for summer nights
  • Big enough for two
  • Lightweight
  • Easy to wash

Reasons to Avoid

  • Could use a foot pocket

  The Tomato We call it The Tomato, and we bought it to address a specific problem that we anticipated during our 25-day hike of the Kungsleden in northern Sweden: About 2/3 of the trail is above the arctic circle and much of it is also treeless, raising the possibility that late night or wee-hours sun might warm up our tent and render sleeping conditions uncomfortably warm if we used our 5˚C/40˚F Enlightened Equipment Accomplice double quilt. So we needed something lightweight and compact that would keep us not-too-warm on those arctic summer nights.

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Big Agnes Kings Canyon UL Quilt

user rating: 4 of 5 (1 review)

Great lightweight quilt for those hot summer nights.

Reasons to Buy

  • Weight
  • Warmth
  • Compact

Reasons to Avoid

  • Price
  • 45-degree rating is a little generous

Having always used sleeping bags, I was looking for an inexpensive summer weight quilt to find out if I would like quilts better than a bag. This one was available from Backcountry.com for $128 so I decided it would be the test subject. So far I have gotten 11 nights under it in temps ranging from 43 to 65 degrees. The quilt weighed in at 17 ounces on my scale with stuff sack and shockcord. Compresses small and fluffs back up easily. Warmth: The manufacturer lists the lower comfort limit as 45 degrees.

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Therm-a-Rest Vesper 32F/0C Quilt

user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1 review)

The Therm-A-Rest Vesper 32 Quilt is a good ultralight quilt...if judged on its Comfort temperature rating and not its Lower Limit. As such, it should really be titled the Vesper 41F Quilt. It sports high quality materials and is extremely comfortable in temperate conditions. Breaching the lower 40's, I struggled to keep drafts out, mainly because of the design of the quilt opening and inability to close it sufficiently. The quilt could be improved with some simple modifications of the footbox length/width, shape of the opening, and better pad attachments/closure methods. It serves well as an ultralight and compact summer sleep system for fast packing.

Reasons to Buy

  • Quality 900FP hydrophobic down and materials
  • Supremely comfortable (w/in comfort temp range)
  • Ultralight and compact
  • Minimalist features
  • A great summer quilt

Reasons to Avoid

  • Cold spots started in the mid to low-40's
  • Pad attachment system is very lacking
  • Narrow and short-in-length footbox
  • U-Shaped opening at footbox allows drafts
  • Perimeter side baffles under-filled
  • Potential quality control issue with collar snap and drawstring.
  • One color, cannot customize size / colors

Manufacturer Specs for Regular (Long): Fits a user's height up to: 72 in / 183 cm (78 in /198 cm) Weight 15 oz / 0.44 kg (1 lbs 1 oz / 0.49 kg) Fill weight / Material: 8.5 oz (9.5 oz)* / 900 Fill Goose NHD/RDS (Responsible Down Standard-ensures that down-supply waterfowl are treated humanely) Width: 58 in / 147 cm (61 in / 155 cm) Length: 75 in / 191 cm (79 in / 201 cm) Girth, Shoulder: 58 in / 147 cm (61 in / 155 cm) Girth, Hip: 51 in / 130 cm (54 in /137 cm) Girth, Foot box: 37 in / 94 cm (40 in / 102 cm) Packed dimensions: 5 x 6 in / 13 x 15 cm Shell fabric:10D Nylon RipStop w/ DWR Liner fabric: 10D Nylon RipStop **w/ ThermaCapture Lining Made in China Storage sack and compression stuff sack included *As a result of eliminating the ThermaCapture...

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Top Top Quilt / Down

Sierra Designs Nitro Quilt 800 / 20 Degree

user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1 review)

I bought one based on reviews. I had some issues but the company stepped up and fixed the issue. I am very happy with the new one.

Reasons to Buy

  • It has a good design.
  • It is also very light.

Reasons to Avoid

  • Customer service was slow, but I think it is related to the pandemic. I got the feeling that they really wanted to work to fix the issue.

I bought one based on the reviews. I really like the design.  I had a minor issue on delivery. I contacted the company and their response was slow but they took care of me. They gave me a return number and offered to replace it. The new one is perfect.

Read more: Sierra Designs Nitro Quilt 800 / 20 Degree review (1)

Kammok Firebelly Down 30°

user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1 review)

Nothing like the quilts grandma used to put on her bed, the Firebelly uses modern materials and design to pack a lot of comfort into a light, small package. On the ground or in a hammock this quilt is great for those looking to reduce their three-season load in style.

Reasons to Buy

  • Warm at rated temperature
  • Packs small and light
  • Durable materials and construction

Reasons to Avoid

  • Some hook/loop exposure
  • Confusing pad strap attachment
  • A bit pricey for funtionality

Low thirties and raining on a fall trip to N.H. Perfect weather for testing hydrophobic down. Kammok is an interesting company that seems to be balanced between being true gearheads and being more of what I’d call a lifestyle brand. Their website is full of information about their philosophies, but their gear is innovative in terms of materials and design. I’ll leave it to them to tell the rest of their story on their site, but it is worth checking out if you have a few minutes. For now lets focus on their Firebelly Trail Quilt.

Read more: Kammok Firebelly Down 30° review (1)

Top Quilt / Down

Katabatic Gear Alsek

user rating: 5 of 5 (2 reviews)

The Katabatic Gear Alsek is the most comfortable and functional quilt that I have used. It is well-designed, durable, and conservative in its temperature rating, such that it really stands out amongst the competition. It has exceeded my expectations for warmth, comfort, and reliability.

Reasons to Buy

  • Superior and effective pad attachment system
  • Lightweight and compressible
  • True to, if not exceeding, its temperature rating
  • Made in Colorado, USA* using premium and ethically-sourced materials
  • Horizontal baffles minimize down-shift as compared to vertical baffles of other manufacturers
  • Many unique features like a differential cut, elastic trim, and over-stuffed footbox

Reasons to Avoid

  • Expensive*
  • Neck drawstring and snaps slightly more robust than necessary
  • Availability

*I listed the origin of my quilt as a Pro and the expense as a Con, understanding that they are directly related. When I purchased my quilt in May 2016, all production was done in the USA. Katabatic Gear now offers quilts at lower price-points, particularly the Flex Series, in part because they have directed certain aspects of their production outside of the USA. It's the classic tale of staying competitive and meeting customer demand, all while balancing quality and sourcing. A similar quilt costs about $45 less today than what I paid.

Read more: Katabatic Gear Alsek reviews (2)

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