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Roger Caffin
(rcaffin) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
Inappropriate Posts - your action please on 01/14/2008 14:16:17 MST Print View

Hi ALL

> two guys give it a 5 while asking questions in an area meant for an honest review.
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Tommy Clapp
(TCXJWAGONEER) - F

Locale: GSM Area
Backcountry gear ! on 01/15/2008 11:08:25 MST Print View

my golite Ultra is due in tomorrow via ups. I wanted to post about Jon at Backcountrygear.com

I called before placing my order and someone told me they were instock for a regular. after placing my order i recieved an email that it was back ordered. I was frustrated but stayed with the order. Jon who then emailed me kept me up to date with arrival emails and communication. He then also made arrangements to get it to me by my trip over the long weekend coming up. I really suggest BCG/Jon if you are looking to order the Ultra 20. top notch customer service.

Tommy

Tommy Clapp
(TCXJWAGONEER) - F

Locale: GSM Area
Re: golite ultra 20 on 01/16/2008 11:58:39 MST Print View

I recieved mine today and the loft on it is not what I expected. I layed the ultra 20 out next to my JRB No sniveller and the no sniveller has atleast .5"-1" better loft than the Ultra. I have not slept outside with it yet, but I am feeling like right now I have wasted my money on this quilt compaired to my JRB quilts. I don't see a way that it would be warm @20*. it weighs in at 19.6oz the No Sniveller weighs in at 18.8 with the golite stuff sack.

Tommy

Edited by TCXJWAGONEER on 01/16/2008 15:09:08 MST.

Nia Schmald
(nschmald) - MLife
Re: Re: golite ultra 20 on 01/16/2008 13:21:27 MST Print View

Hi Tommy,

I'd love to see a photo of the No Sniveller and Ultra side by side.

Thanks,
nia

Tommy Clapp
(TCXJWAGONEER) - F

Locale: GSM Area
Pics. on 01/16/2008 14:01:23 MST Print View

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Edited by TCXJWAGONEER on 01/16/2008 14:43:29 MST.

Tommy Clapp
(TCXJWAGONEER) - F

Locale: GSM Area
Well, I stand corrected. on 01/17/2008 08:56:30 MST Print View

Last night I tested out the Ultra 20 in the back yard. I had a recorded temp of 27* low with sleet and rain mix.

I used a ASI tarp MLD Bivy GG nightlite, thinlite and Ultra 20.

I wore a Patagonia Capalene shirt, columbia midweight fleece shirt

Patagonia Midweight capalene pants with my GSI rain pants over them.

A turtle fur Beanie and my JRB down hood.

This is very similar if not identical to my setup on most trips for this temp range.


I woke up 1 time due to discomfort, but the quilt kept me warm all night. I do stand correct from my posts above. it doesn't loft what I expected, but it gets the job done. I do think 20* is a good rating for it. but it was not a big difference from the feel and warmth of my JRB No Sniveller.



Tommy

Edited by TCXJWAGONEER on 01/17/2008 11:57:11 MST.

mark henley
(flash582) - F
Re: Backcountry gear ! on 01/21/2008 13:34:29 MST Print View

I have to totally agree on Jon at Backcountry Gear.

In fact ... all of them are outstanding.

I had a few questions on the girth of a bag I was considering and they went out in the wearhouse, opened a box, took out the bag, and measured it for me!

You don't see that happening at Campmor!

Ryan Gardner
(splproductions) - F - M

Locale: Salt Lake City, UT
Ultra 20... first night in the backyard... on 02/08/2008 10:38:35 MST Print View

I only spent until 1:40 AM in it (I know - bad way to test out a piece of sleeping gear) and the temp only dropped down to 32F. I hoping for lower temps this week.

I used a 3/8" Thinlight on my tosro and an 1/8" Thinlight the rest of the way down to my feet. On top of that I put a POE Ether Thermo 6 (regular lenght). (I was sleeping on cement - I needed this padding!) I was inside of an MLD bivy, wearing Thorlo socks, Cloudveil Inertia Peak pants, and a thin synthetic top from Costco (feels a lot like the Under Armor stuff). I also wore a Polartec Fleece balaclava.

It was nice to just get in the bag and be warm (lately I've been trying to push summer sleep systems to the limit). My feet were a tad bit chilly when I got up at 1:40. My hands were kept warm as well as the rest of me. While I was fine at 32F, I wasn't roasting, which makes me wonder if I could take this bag to 20F without insulating clothing. (I'm a warm sleeper too).

The straps seem to slide a bit to easily (although that might be nicer than being too hard to loosen), and the way the drawcord around the neck works is a little weird. I would assume you would get used to it though. The snap on the back of the neck could use a pull tab. It's very wide, wide enough that when I pull the straps all the way in I am completely enclosed in a "sleeping bag". (I'm skinny though).

So far I like it. I'm waiting for temps to drop so I can see if this can really be taken below freezing. (Again, I sleep warm - so it better take me lower!)

David Rowenhorst
(row435) - MLife

Locale: Mid Atlantic
Re: Ultra 20... first night in the backyard... on 02/08/2008 11:05:13 MST Print View

Do you have a weight on the long version?

Kenneth Reppart
(kreppart) - F

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Re: Re: Ultra 20... first night in the backyard... on 02/08/2008 11:22:36 MST Print View

I e-mailed GoLite customer service, the weight for the Long is 2oz heavier at 21oz total. Here's what they said about the girth:


Hi Ken,

Thanks for your interest in GoLite. The Ultra 20 is a great new product, we're really excited about it. I've attached a table below that shows the interior girth of all the baffles for each size ultra. Baffle 1 starts at the foot of the bag.

Long

Interior Girth of Baffle 1 40"
Interior Girth of Baffle 2 40"
Interior Girth of Baffle 3 40"
Interior Girth of Baffle 4 40"
Interior Girth of Baffle 5 43"
Interior Girth of Baffle 6 47"
Interior Girth of Baffle 7 50"
Interior Girth of Baffle 8 53"
Interior Girth of Baffle 9 55"
Interior Girth of Baffle 10 57"
Interior Girth of Baffle 11 57"
Interior Girth of Baffle 12 52"
Interior Girth of Baffle 13 41"

The chest strap or "ribbon" can add up to 20" of girth at the chest (at baffle #9) and the top corners around your neck snap together. I am having trouble locating the exact weight of the long Ultra. Our design team is at a trade show for the week, but when they return I will find out the weight and send you another email.

I hope that helps. If you have any more questions, please feel free to email back or give us a call at 888-546-5483.

Ryan Gardner
(splproductions) - F - M

Locale: Salt Lake City, UT
Weight of my quilt... on 02/08/2008 12:37:59 MST Print View

For those who count tenths of an ounce, my size long WITHOUT the stuff sack (I won't be using it anyways) is 21.2 oz. Not too shabby.

David Rowenhorst
(row435) - MLife

Locale: Mid Atlantic
Re: Weight of my quilt... on 02/08/2008 18:05:22 MST Print View

Thanks - much obliged. I might have to see if one of those will follow me home.

Mark Bishop
(mark_b) - MLife

Locale: Northwest (WA)
Weight of my Ultra 20 quilt on 02/08/2008 23:57:14 MST Print View

I received a regular size Ultra 20 this week (ordered from ProLite)and the weight is exactly 19 onces - down fill is consistent and loft appears to be as advertised. Overall quality looks very good. I'll provide some additional feedback once I've had a chance to use it a few times.

John S.
(jshann) - F
Re: Weight of my Ultra 20 quilt on 02/10/2008 07:00:47 MST Print View

The nunatak arc alpinist is rated to 20 degrees F like the golite ultra, yet the arc weighs more.

Is the golite bag rating overstated or is nunatak conservative on its rating?

Edited by jshann on 02/10/2008 07:01:54 MST.

mark henley
(flash582) - F
First night out in the Ultra 20 here in Texas on 02/11/2008 08:59:39 MST Print View

Nighttime temp got down to 42 degrees, and I cowboy camped in the ultra 20 and my MYOG bivy.

My impressions are that this is a great quilt. The shaping of the quilt helped to prevent cold drafts during the night.

I was surprised that with a 1.5 inch pad in the Bivy (the Bivy is 72 inches in shoulder girth, I had some compression in the leg area of the 800 fill down. That wasn't a problem I had with my Synthetic quilt and will take a bit of adjustment, however, I purchased the quilt because of my girth, which is 60 inches around my chest and upper arms.

I'm a side sleeper an move around a lot at night. Being as warm as it was out, I didn't need the straps at all. There's plenty of room in the size long.

The only real problem was that the quilt was too warm and I ended up feeling clammy in the upper body area from sweat. I woke up around 3:30 chilled, but just pulled on my Micropuff pullover, folded the quilt down, and went back to sleep.

I am having trouble finding a good hat, however. My polar fleece bomber hat was at it's limit at 42.

This one's a keeper in my book.

Jed Augustine
(jaugusti) - F

Locale: Appalachians/Rockies
Length Golite Ultra 20* on 02/15/2008 15:07:37 MST Print View

I can't seem to find the length for the golite Ultra. I am 5'7 1/4 or so so I wondering if it makes sense to get the short and save a little on the weight.

Does anyone know these numbers?

todd harper
(funnymoney) - MLife

Locale: Sunshine State
Re: First night out in the Ultra 20 here in Texas on 02/15/2008 18:05:01 MST Print View

A good solution for a hat is the down hood from JRB.

Justin Young
(ironxcross)
Re: Length Golite Ultra 20* on 02/29/2008 21:23:49 MST Print View

I found lengths are on backcountry.com:
Short: 5' 6"
Regular: 6' 0"
Long: 6' 6"

Stuart Armstrong
(strong806) - F

Locale: Near the AT
2008 Golite Sleeping Bags on 09/17/2008 09:25:02 MDT Print View

I'm 6 feet tall. For the Ultra 20, I'm torn between Regular and Long, any thoughts?

I'm a side sleeper so I am thinking the regular would work, but I like the idea of being able to get it over my head.

Christopher Chupka
(FatTexan) - M

Locale: NTX
Mark on 09/17/2008 10:32:32 MDT Print View

"I am having trouble finding a good hat, however. My polar fleece bomber hat was at it's limit at 42."

I have used my Nunatak quilt down to zero using a polyester beanie or Patagonia R1 balaclava combined with the Cocoon UL60 balaclava. You may want to look at that.