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Dustin Snyder
(DustinTSnyder)

Locale: Southeast
Which Quilt? on 04/05/2011 11:58:59 MDT Print View

I am looking at getting a 30* down quilt and need some opinions on which quilt would be best. I am looking for a quilt that I will be able to use for 3-season backpacking in the southeast in temps from 75*-25*. And that weighs less than 20oz.I realy like the idea of a vapar barrier quilt but am not sure that a 30* would be very comfortable at 75*,( but I might be complety worng). The three quilts I have chosen are
1) Katabatic gear-Palisade 30°F long
2) Nunatak-Catabatic 30* long
3)enLIGHTened equipment-Epiphany-K long
If there are any more quilts you think I should consider please let me konw. Any help would be greatly apritated.
Dustin

Edited by DustinTSnyder on 04/05/2011 12:13:47 MDT.

Mark Hudson
(vesteroid) - MLife

Locale: Eastern Sierras
my opinions on 04/05/2011 12:37:45 MDT Print View

Katabatic= great quality, good fill weights. sewn in foot box which some dont like, and at least on the more expensive side of quilts. I think an all around great quilt.

Nunatek= too pricey for what you get in my opinion

enlightened equipment= best (again in my opinion) value for the feature set and the money, although I went with the nylon models vs the cuben models ( and I put my money where my mouth is by ordering 3)

another option to at least consider is ti goats JRB model of the sierra sniveler. Its lighter than the standard jrb model, is I believe exactly 20 oz and is rated to 25 degrees (I think). I also happen to have one of those and the only reason I am replacing it with tims quilt is tims is wider.

If cost is your main motivator, and getting it quick is as well, then JRB quilts are off the shelf ship tomorrow and are pretty light in the scheme of things. You can even get them overstuffed by two ounces with only maybe day or two shipping penalty.

Dustin Snyder
(DustinTSnyder)

Locale: Southeast
Re: my opinions on 04/05/2011 12:45:16 MDT Print View

I have not looked at the ti goat jrb quilt but it sounds prety nice. Thanks for the help.

Mark Hudson
(vesteroid) - MLife

Locale: Eastern Sierras
lol on 04/05/2011 12:55:18 MDT Print View

well if you are a tall, then I have one I will sell you when my new one gets here :)

Dustin Snyder
(DustinTSnyder)

Locale: Southeast
Re: lol on 04/05/2011 12:57:06 MDT Print View

What is it you quilt would you be willing to sell?

Edited by DustinTSnyder on 04/05/2011 13:11:06 MDT.

Nick Gatel
(ngatel) - MLife

Locale: Southern California
Re: Which Quilt? on 04/05/2011 13:22:57 MDT Print View

I have a Nunatak and an enLIGHTened cuben. Both are great pieces of gear. Nunatak is a little more "feature rich" which makes it a little heavier than enLIGHTened, and they do not make cuben. In warm weather you can vent any quilt. Also, enLIGHTened 'standard' quilts are a little smaller in girth, but Tim will make them in any size. My Nunatak is 1.5" loft, enLIGHTened is 2" loft. In really cold weather I bring both. The smaller girth enLIGHTened fits nicely inside the Nunatak.

Mark Hudson
(vesteroid) - MLife

Locale: Eastern Sierras
re on 04/05/2011 13:26:05 MDT Print View

its the ti goat jrb sierra sniveler in tall

but I wont get my new quilts from tim till the end of this month so was kinda kidding but if you wanted to wait a month I guess I am kinda not kidding :)

Dustin Snyder
(DustinTSnyder)

Locale: Southeast
Re: re on 04/05/2011 13:44:25 MDT Print View

@ Mark-I sent you a PM about your quilt.

Edited by DustinTSnyder on 04/05/2011 13:45:08 MDT.

Dustin Snyder
(DustinTSnyder)

Locale: Southeast
Re: Which Quilt? on 04/05/2011 14:45:03 MDT Print View

There have got to be more peolpe with opinions about quilts!
Dustin

John Vance
(Servingko) - F

Locale: Intermountain West
Quilts on 04/05/2011 15:04:42 MDT Print View

I can only base this on my personal experience with the quilts you have mentioned.

Katabatic - Very well made and thought out quilt that literally wraps around you. For me I have found the temp rating to be conservative but as always YMMV. I currently own a Sawatch and will be getting a Palisade when the 6' is back in stock.

Nunatak - Nicely made and can be custom built with different fabrics, colors, size, and fill, but didn't work as well for me. I had a brief fling with the Arc Alpinist. I think one could be made that I would really like, but to incorporate all the things I like about the Katabatic would be VERY expensive.

Dustin Snyder
(DustinTSnyder)

Locale: Southeast
Re: Which Quilt? on 04/05/2011 15:18:58 MDT Print View

It looks to me that the Katabatic gear quilts have a strong following. Thanks every one for the help.
Dustin

Rakesh Malik
(Tamerlin)

Locale: Cascadia
Re: Re: Which Quilt? on 04/05/2011 15:56:34 MDT Print View

The Katabatic quilts are definitely well-made. I was very comfortable with my Blackwelder on Kilimanjaro not long ago. They shipped it quickly also.

For my 3-season use I have an MLD Spirit 30 degree quilt, which I love. If you can handle the lead time, it's a good option, and one of the better priced options to boot.

Richard Lyon
(richardglyon) - MLife

Locale: Bridger Mountains
Niunatak Ghost on 04/05/2011 16:23:57 MDT Print View

I really like my Ghost for down to freezing, and I sleep very cold. As I bought it used (on BPL Gear Swap) I didn't pay Nunatak's list price, but I have for other gear from that fine company and always thought I got my money's worth. That's particularly true if you want something SLIGHTLY out of the ordinary (a couple extra inches in length or across the shoulders, perhaps). Tom's custom charge is only about $20 until you start adding many custom features.

Dustin Snyder
(DustinTSnyder)

Locale: Southeast
Re: Re: Re: Which Quilt? on 04/05/2011 17:12:45 MDT Print View

I have looked at the MLD sprit 30 quilt but I really need a 6'6" quilt, and I would like to keeping the weight under 20oz.I have a golite 3-season quilt and it loses a ton of down. This is my first down quilt so I don't know if it is normal. Does any one have an anwser? And if it is normal how much down does a Katabatic gear quilt lose?
@ Rakesh-How compact is the Sprit 30?
Dustin

Edited by DustinTSnyder on 04/05/2011 17:26:44 MDT.

Erik Hagen
(EWH100) - MLife

Locale: SF Bay Area
Katabatic on 04/05/2011 17:22:56 MDT Print View

After buying my GF a Katabatic Sawatch last I sold my Nunatak Ghost and Arc Alpinist and replaced them with a Katabatic Palisade and Sawatch. Better fit (for me), better loft, awesome pad connecting system, lower cost, and quicker delivery. Both Nunatak and Katabatic have the option of adding down. You may want to consider that to extend the temp range. If any other cusomization is needed then I would recommend Nunatak.

Michael Fogarty
(mfog1) - MLife

Locale: Midwest
Wider on 04/05/2011 20:01:09 MDT Print View

Don't forget that many of the Nunatak quilts are a solid 55" wide at the shoulders. Makes a big difference for the larger folks. Backcountry blanket is big too.

Rakesh Malik
(Tamerlin)

Locale: Cascadia
Re: Re: Re: Re: Which Quilt? on 04/05/2011 23:18:19 MDT Print View

> @ Rakesh-How compact is the Sprit 30?

It packs down to around the size of one of the hard-sided Nalgene bottles pretty easily. the stuff sack it comes with isn't particularly large... I can try to snap some pictures of it later this week to show you.

Dustin Snyder
(DustinTSnyder)

Locale: Southeast
Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Which Quilt? on 04/06/2011 06:53:13 MDT Print View

Wow! I don't think that a synthetic quilt would pack down so small.

Hendrik Morkel
(skullmonkey) - MLife

Locale: Finland
Quilt 101 on 04/06/2011 07:51:21 MDT Print View

Dustin, my Quilt 101 post might help you further as well, and showing some more options.

Dustin Snyder
(DustinTSnyder)

Locale: Southeast
Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Which Quilt? on 04/06/2011 12:08:41 MDT Print View

So if I understand right the Katabatic Gear quilts are the way to go for best quality for the price. Thanks everybody for the help.
Dustin