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Addie Bedford
(addiebedford) - MLife

Locale: Montana
Jacks ‘R’ Better Sierra Stealth Quilt Review on 12/06/2011 13:07:36 MST Print View

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Jacks 'R' Better Sierra Stealth Quilt Review

Edited by addiebedford on 12/07/2011 13:28:22 MST.

HK Newman
(hknewman) - MLife

Locale: Western US
Re: Jacks ‘R’ Better Sierra Stealth Quilt Review on 12/07/2011 09:28:05 MST Print View

Answers a lot of questions I had about these looking for a 45*F solution for next summer. Great little write-up.

Luke Schmidt
(Cameron) - MLife

Locale: The WOODS
Good Write Up on 12/07/2011 09:31:43 MST Print View

Good review. Considering the price of a quilt and a insulated jacket thats a good value.
Personally though as I've said before I'm leery of using single down item for both sleeping and wearing. I'd be really worried about ripping it, getting it wet or melting a hole in it. On the other hand I'm thinking I might make a synthetic version in the feature. Sythetic could be washed easier, and a small hole in a synthetic quilt would not ruin it.
Thanks for the review, I might be referencing it for a MYOG project someday.

Jake Palmer
(jakep_82) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Re: Jacks ‘R’ Better Sierra Stealth Quilt Review on 12/07/2011 10:05:53 MST Print View

I disagree about removing the the drawstring at the head. I get a much better seal on cold nights when I tighten up that drawstring. Without it I don't stay as warm.

Barry P
(BarryP) - F

Locale: Eastern Idaho (moved from Midwest)
Re: Re: Jacks ‘R’ Better Sierra Stealth Quilt Review on 12/07/2011 10:50:58 MST Print View

" I get a much better seal on cold nights when I tighten up that drawstring. Without it I don't stay as warm."

+1

Bryce F.
(bster13) - MLife

Locale: Norwalk, CT
Tips from a Sierra Stealth Quilt User on 12/07/2011 11:13:53 MST Print View

- Don't wrap the quilt under the pad, especially such a big pad as in the review. Buy some 1/16th in shock cord and mini line locks (I bought from Zpacks) and string up the 6 tabs on the back. This works great to keep the drafts away. I also lost some weight on the quilt and did some sewing:
http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/forums/thread_display.html?forum_thread_id=49393&disable_pagination=1

- I protect this wearable down quilt just as much/little as I do a down jacket while in camp. It stays relatively close to body and I haven't damaged it yet during camp chores. Of course going SUL is going to mean having items that are multi-use, just part of the game.

- You ~can~ drop a trail jacket from your gear list that is an insulating piece to your kit with this wearable quilt. Just buy the JRB down sleeves to supplement around camp on especially cold 3 season nights. They weigh ~5 oz and also are multi-use in that I don't need to carry heavy duty socks for sleeping at night, I just take the sleeves off my arms and wear them as massive leg warmers, work great and saves weight in my pack.

GL!

Robert Kelly
(QiWiz) - MLife

Locale: UL gear @ QiWiz.net
Keep top drawcord on 12/07/2011 11:59:55 MST Print View

" I get a much better seal on cold nights when I tighten up that drawstring. Without it I don't stay as warm.

+1"

+2 - using the top drawcord around your neck, not tightly, (which I replaced with a lighter one than JRB uses) not only reduces drafts around neck and shoulders, but also helps pull the sides in a bit toward the body for extra warmth and reduced air infiltration around the torso.

Jeremy Olson
(Kayaker7775) - MLife

Locale: Midwest
I love this quilt on 12/07/2011 13:51:57 MST Print View

I love this quilt. It works better than any other sleeping bag or quilt I have used. The weight vs size vs warmth is fantastic. I keep very warm in this quilt.

Duane Hall
(PKH) - M

Locale: Nova Scotia
Down shifting in Sierra Quilts on 12/07/2011 14:02:45 MST Print View

I have the same observations about down migrating to the sides of the quilt where it doesn't do much good. Yes, I can shake back towards the centre of the quilt fairly easily, but I would rather have the insulation stay where it belongs in the first place, that is: the upper torso where I need it the most.

Bryce F.
(bster13) - MLife

Locale: Norwalk, CT
Re: Down shifting in Sierra Quilts on 12/07/2011 14:16:50 MST Print View

I understand where you are coming from, but some people enjoy the shiftability in that for really hot nights, shift the down to the sides...for really cold nights shift it to the top. Different strokes for different folks I guess.

Duane Hall
(PKH) - M

Locale: Nova Scotia
Re: Down shifting in Sierra Quilts on 12/07/2011 16:15:06 MST Print View

Moving down around seems to make some sense in a full bag. Arguably one might wish to shift insulation from the bottom (where it is compressed anyway) to the sides or top of the bag, but obviously this technique does not apply to a quilt. As you say; different strokes.

john Tier
(Peter_pan) - M

Locale: Co-Owner Jacks 'R' Better, LLC, VA
$20 off on 12/07/2011 19:01:58 MST Print View

Timing is everything...The JRB 3 day Holiday Secial on the Sniveller Style quilts ends tomorrow, 8 Dec at noon...So Sierra Stealth are $20 off in either 800 or 900 fill (actually 900 regulars just sold out, but we there are more under construction so any ordered by the end of the sale will be delivered before Christmas). Plenty of 800s and Long models in stock.

Pan

http://www.jacksrbetter.com/Wearable%20Quilts.htm

Jesse Taylor
(ahikernamedgq) - F
Anders Johanssen? on 12/08/2011 12:25:01 MST Print View

That looks exactly like a DIY quilt from a Swedish website by a really talented DIY gearmaker named Anders Johanssen (www.andersj.se). The only difference is the color.

Larry Dyer
(veriest1) - F

Locale: Texas
Re: Tips from a Sierra Stealth Quilt User on 12/08/2011 20:52:35 MST Print View

"I don't need to carry heavy duty socks for sleeping at night, I just take the sleeves off my arms and wear them as massive leg warmers, work great and saves weight in my pack."

Ingenious!

A JRB quilt is definitely on my list of wants now. I always have trouble keeping my feet warm and this little trick should prove invaluable.