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