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Golite Ultra Sleeping Bag (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2007)

Golite rejoins the hoodless quilt market with an innovative new bag.

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by Mike Martin | 2007-08-10 00:00:00-06


Golite is no stranger to the sleeping quilt market. Indeed, one of their first products was the quirky, synthetic-insulated Fur quilt introduced circa 2000 that attached to an oversized sleeping pad with hook and loop patches. After abandoning quilts for several years in favor of more conventionally configured mummy-style bags, Golite takes aim at premium quilt manufacturers like Jacks ‘R’ Better and Nunatak with their new Ultra quilt.

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Top view of the Ultra quilt. The darker panels are made from Pertex Endurance fabric.

The Ultra quilt closely resembles the $362 MSRP Nunatak Arc Alpinist in design, features, construction and temperature rating. However, the Ultra boasts an innovative use of water-resistant shell panels in select areas, and does so at an MSRP of only $225. New this year across Golite’s entire line of bags is the use of highly water-resistant panels made of Pertex Endurance in the head (or neck in the case of the hoodless Ultra) and footbox areas. I generally prefer breathability over water resistance in a sleeping bag shell to minimize the accumulation of moisture within the bag. As such, I usually don’t recommend full waterproof/breathable shells on bags except in special circumstances. However, Golite’s use of Endurance in only the head and footbox areas, while using highly-breathable 15D nylon for the majority of the bag potentially offers the best of both worlds - good resistance to loft degredation from accumulation of internally generated moisture, and good protection from external moisture in those areas most likely to bump up against the walls of a wet tent, or catch spray entering the ends of a tarp.

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The open bottom of the Ultra. This type of quilt design saves weight by eliminating insulation on the bottom where it would otherwise be compressed against the ground and provide little warmth.

Specifications and Features (claimed)

  • “Hyperlite” 15 denier double ripstop nylon shell with DWR
  • 22 denier polyester micro fiber liner
  • Twin grosgrain ribbon straps to adjust girth or secure to sleep pads
  • Snap and drawcord closure at neck
  • Highly water-resistant Pertex Endurance panels on footbox and around neck opening
  • 800 fill-power down
  • 20°F temperature rating
  • Small, regular and long sizes available
  • 1 lb 3 oz
  • MSRP: $225
  • Available Spring 2008

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The open back showing the girth-adjusting straps and neck closure.


"Golite Ultra Sleeping Bag (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2007)," by Mike Martin. (ISSN 1537-0364)., 2007-08-10 00:00:00-06.


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Michael Martin
(MikeMartin) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: North Idaho
Golite Ultra Sleeping Bag (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2007) on 08/09/2007 23:55:18 MDT Print View

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Golite Ultra Sleeping Bag (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2007)

Jeroen Wesselman
(jeroenman) - F

Locale: Europe
Golite Ultra Sleeping Bag (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2007) on 08/10/2007 01:04:11 MDT Print View

This looks sweet, so far the transition to a quilt has been tempered by the prices of Nunatak and the likes.
But this one looks more in reach. Compliments to GoLite for bringing such a specialized item into the mass market.

I will look out for this one in spring 2008!

Jim Colten
(jcolten) - M

Locale: MN
Re: Golite Ultra Sleeping Bag (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2007) on 08/10/2007 07:30:02 MDT Print View

Looks nice. Any chance of getting foot/hips/shoulder dimensions"? yes, I realize it is adjustable but it'd be useful to know how large a sleeper it'll handle

Michael Martin
(MikeMartin) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: North Idaho
Quilt Dimensions on 08/10/2007 07:48:25 MDT Print View

Hi Jim-

Sorry, but we don't have dimensions (or measured) weight yet.


We're planning a full review as soon as they'll let us carry one away. :-)



Christopher Plesko
(Pivvay) - F

Locale: Rocky Mountains
wow! on 08/10/2007 08:01:02 MDT Print View

I can see at least one of those ending up at our house.

Jason Brinkman
(jbrinkmanboi) - MLife

Locale: Idaho
Re: Golite Ultra Sleeping Bag on 08/10/2007 09:57:52 MDT Print View

I'm very happy with my Marmot Hydrogen, but this quilt will be too good to pass up. High prices have kept me out of quilts so far, but this one will fit in the gear budget. I'm hoping that success with this will convince them to expand the line. I vote for a 40 degree overquilt as the next entry in their lineup.

Scott Jones
(Ultimate2) - F
Golite Ultra Sleeping Bag on 08/10/2007 21:51:50 MDT Print View

It may be cheaper, but I think the quality will be far superior in a Jacks R Better or Nunatak.

david fausnight
(rckjnky) - F
ultra on 08/10/2007 22:18:36 MDT Print View

In the 6 foot length it has 60 inch girth for the shoulder, obviously there is adjustment. The weight in that length is 29oz. the temp given is 20 degrees.

Christopher Plesko
(Pivvay) - F

Locale: Rocky Mountains
golite quilt on 08/11/2007 16:18:48 MDT Print View

29oz? THat's a lot different than the 19oz advertized

Craig Shelley
(craig_shelley) - F

Locale: Rocky Mountains
Golite 19oz quilt is likely wrong or marketing hype on 08/11/2007 18:36:30 MDT Print View

My Nunatak Arc Alpinist (I had them make it for a 6ft person) weighs 21.6oz (613 grams) without overfill and no other modifications. I find it very hard to believe that the Golite quilt is 19oz. 29oz may well be correct.

Michael Martin
(MikeMartin) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: North Idaho
Ultra weight on 08/11/2007 18:52:25 MDT Print View

Hi Guys-

It looks like I made an error in the article (which I have now edited to correct).

Golite lists the weight of the Ultra at 19 ounces for women, and 29 ounces for men... But, it appears to be a unisex bag. (It is available in short, regular, and long versions, though. So maybe the short is 19 oz and the reg or long is 29???)

Sorry for the confusion. Note that these are claimed weights -- we'll get a measured weight as soon as they send us a bag to test.


Edited by MikeMartin on 08/11/2007 22:26:32 MDT.

Franco Darioli
(Franco) - M

Locale: @Tarptent
Numbers, again on 08/11/2007 18:54:29 MDT Print View

Either the weight or the temperature rating, or both, are optimistic
The correrction was posted as I was Up-loading my comment

Edited by Franco on 08/11/2007 18:58:07 MDT.

Christopher Plesko
(Pivvay) - F

Locale: Rocky Mountains
arc alp vs golite on 08/11/2007 19:02:29 MDT Print View

What else would be the difference between nunatak and the golite in terms of weight? The golite does look reasonably minimalistic. 29oz would make me buy another nunatak. Closer to 19oz would make me buy a golite.

I like my nunatak gear but making quilts really isn't rocket science. Maybe we'll get an accurate BPL measured weight from the show?

Christopher Plesko
(Pivvay) - F

Locale: Rocky Mountains
Re: Ultra weight on 08/11/2007 19:33:57 MDT Print View

Yea 1lbs 3oz for women and 1lbs 13oz for men is quite a spread?

Aaron Sorensen
(awsorensen) - MLife

Locale: South of Forester Pass
Re: Re: Ultra weight on 08/11/2007 22:10:11 MDT Print View

It would be nice to see the fill weight and maybe even a loft height.
I'm not seeing the 4" you need to get to 20* from it.
Nice bag though. Great price!

Ryan Jordan
(ryan) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Greater Yellowstone
Re: Re: Re: Ultra weight on 08/11/2007 22:23:20 MDT Print View

I saw the quilt today, finally.

It seemed like a solid 20* bag, if I were to compare its loft to my Nunatak Arc Alpinist. I think it has the 4" that is claimed.

We'll drop by the booth tomorrow and get an accurate weight.

And for those of you concerned about the quality of the bag relative to a Nunatak...we looked at the GoLite bag pretty closely. Its construction quality is excellent, and I'm willing to bet that it's on par with the Nunatak Bag. I certainly wouldn't factor in "construction" quality in a buying decision here.

Mark Larson
(mlarson) - MLife

Locale: Southeast USA
Re: Re: Golite Ultra Sleeping Bag on 08/12/2007 08:32:38 MDT Print View

Looks like a great product. I love that GoLite is a large enough company to leverage some very good prices for even their fringe products. Can't wait to see this one in real life.

Ryan Jordan
(ryan) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Greater Yellowstone
Re: Re: Re: Golite Ultra Sleeping Bag on 08/12/2007 16:00:52 MDT Print View

OK, here's the scoop on weights of the GoLite Ultra Quilts.

These are UNISEX bags. I couldn't grab girth measurements but it's clear to me that the girths are very generous. The bags are not exclusively built for skinny people!

And, the good news:

Size Regular is an honest 19 (nineteen) ounces. The long will be 1-1.5 oz heavier, and the short will be 1-1.5 oz lighter.

Edited by ryan on 08/12/2007 16:01:12 MDT.

Michael Martin
(MikeMartin) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: North Idaho
Re: Golite Ultra Sleeping Bag on 08/12/2007 16:11:26 MDT Print View

Thanks, Ryan!

It looks like we can chalk up the 29 ounce number to a misprint in their press literature.


Dave -
(FamilyGuy) - F

Locale: Up there
Quilt on 08/12/2007 21:56:31 MDT Print View

As a complete noobie to quilts, am I right to make the assumption that they are really only suitable for back sleepers? As a side sleeper, I suspect this would not fit the bill. For the weight and temperature rating maybe I should train myself to sleep on my back!