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GoLite Ultra Quilt Review
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dave hollin
(backpackbrewer) - F

Locale: Deepest darkest Wales, boyo
golite ultra quilt on 06/18/2008 13:39:05 MDT Print View

bought this last month and have used it consistently since then having had about 8 nights in total in it

I really love this quilt bag and at the moment I confess to using it as a quilt since the temperature is very reasonable although I used it the other night at 4Celcius with no problems.

only down side (no pun intended), I found that one of the straps came away from the stitching but this was easily fixed

I am looking forward to using this in the autumn and possibly trying it in a cold wet UK winter if I feel brave enough.... :->

well worth the money

Dan Durston
(dandydan) - F

Full length pad? on 05/31/2009 14:13:01 MDT Print View

How well does this quilt work with a full length sleeping pad? I'm thinking of pairing this up with a regular NeoAir. It seems that the quilt gets narrow near the feet so it wouldn't wrap around the pad near the feet area. Is this is a problem?

Kathleen B

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Golite Ultra plus Neoair on 05/31/2009 17:19:28 MDT Print View

Dan - here's a visual of the Golite Ultra quilt on top of a GG thinlight (1/8") on top of a Neoair from a trip this weekend. They're all separate layers, and everything stayed put just fine all night. Both the Ultra and the Neoair are the short versions. What can I say? I'm only 5'3".

Gatewood with gear

I did eventually put the quilt into a MB bivy, because I'm such a thrasher that I was getting cold from the sides. Another thing I could have done was berm up the sides of the Gatewood with snow so the breeze couldn't get in along the bottom edges. By the way, that Neoair is one comfy invention!

Another setup I tried at home but didn't use was slipping the quilt straps over the 2 pads and just leaving the bottom half of the quilt loose on top of them. That's all you can really do, anyway, because as you say, they don't fit inside the quilt. This also works well.

Jared Cook
(rooinater) - F

Locale: Northwet
Re: Full length pad? on 05/31/2009 19:33:27 MDT Print View

it should work fine with a full length neoair. In colder weather I seal the base of the quilt by putting the opening of the foot box on top of the neoair small and tighten the strap around the neoair. So I'm sure you'd be able to do the same and the foot section of the neoair will be on the outside under the quilt.

Edited by rooinater on 05/31/2009 19:37:07 MDT.

Dan Durston
(dandydan) - F

Thanks guys on 05/31/2009 23:30:20 MDT Print View

Thanks guys....that makes sense. I appreciate you taking the time to respond.

Dan Durston
(dandydan) - F

Head? on 07/01/2009 02:29:11 MDT Print View

So what do you guys do to prevent heat loss from your head when using a hoodless quilt?

Obviously the head is a huge source of heat loss but I'd hate to negate part of the weight savings (vs. a traditional bag) by bringing a long some heavy fleece hat. In conditions under 30F it seems that you'd want to do something. Maybe I could somehow use a down would be nice to satisfy this function with existing gear rather than adding more gear.

Ashley Brown
(ashleyb) - F
Re: Head? on 07/01/2009 02:43:19 MDT Print View

Hey Dan, I think your options are a hooded jacket (parka), a beanie, a balaclava, or you can get a down head covering from JRB or nunatuk.

Paul Doran
(PaulDoran) - F

Locale: Guernsey
losing down... on 07/05/2009 04:42:58 MDT Print View

I've use this fr one night and I really like the unrestrictive nature of it.

However, down has already started coming out, surely this isnt right? Eventually they'll be nothing left!!!!

I have contacted go-lite and wait to hear what they say.

Mark McLauchlin
(markmclauchlin) - MLife

Locale: Western Australia
Re: losing down... on 07/05/2009 04:56:27 MDT Print View

I wouldnt worry too much about the down escaping, unless its a large amount. You are always going to get the occasional 'feather' that pops out.

Roger Caffin
(rcaffin) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
Re: Re: losing down... on 07/05/2009 15:57:09 MDT Print View

I agree with Mark, but maybe I can add a bit. The 'feather' bits that come out are able to do so because they have a hard pointy bit on them. True down does not have this, and should be over 90% of the fill anyhow.

So losing the feathers may mean the quality of the remaining down is actually increasing!


Paul Doran
(PaulDoran) - F

Locale: Guernsey
But.. on 07/06/2009 03:09:58 MDT Print View

But equally, such 'feathers' should not be there in the first place!

Go lite so often doesn't feel 'quality' to me. Osprey packs feel far nicer, for example.

Phd sleeping bags feel more quality too.

Jonathan Boozer
(anywayoutside) - MLife

Locale: South East
Re: But.. on 07/06/2009 04:12:49 MDT Print View

Do you feel it is fair to compare Golite bags to PHD bags?

Paul Doran
(PaulDoran) - F

Locale: Guernsey
Perhaps not on 07/07/2009 03:10:04 MDT Print View

This quilt was £160 compared to £220 for a similar temp rating from phd... so perhaps not.

But my view is that its always better to spend that little bit extra if it gives you a lot more...