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Nunatak Arc AT

in Sleeping Bags - Quilts & Top Bags

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5.00 / 5 (3 reviews)


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Michael Wands
( walksoftly )

Locale:
Piney Woods
Nunatak Arc AT on 12/30/2007 13:12:37 MST Report Post Print

Rating: 5 / 5

I have been doing my winter sleeping in a WM Flight jacket and Montbell down pants for a few seasons now. Saw a thread on multi-use gear involving the ARC AT and the responses to my gear informed me that a down blanket would be much more comfortable and warmer than down pants. Had to find out.

I'm not a big person. Just 5' 7" so the 3/4-length quilt in a small size hits me right at the armpits. Got the 7oz. version in "brick red". Wow!!!
The package arrived just before Christmas and was small enough to fit in my mailbox. Good sign.

I opened it and carefully checked all of the stitching. Everything looks great as far as craftmanship is concerned! Came in at a feather over 7oz on my scales. Footbox is more than adequate and dimensions are exactly as advertised.

Used it as a nap blanket for a week. "No honey, I'm not taking a nap - I'm just doing some product testing". Even though I am a side sleeper, it had adequate coverage with no drafts.

Took it to a State Park in Central Texas for two nights this last week. Low temps were right at freezing. With my possumdown socks, WM Flight jacket, silk bottoms and an REI skullcap all contained within a Montbell sleeping bag cover I stayed toasty all evening. Woke up around 3 a.m. and was still warm! I'm a convert!

Small weight, small packed size, fine craftsmanship, superb performance. This product just screams for a "5".

Price comparison from GearBuyer:
Montbell Down Pant - Men's priced at: $150.00 - $159.95
Western Mountaineering Flight Jacket - Men's priced at: $259.95 - $274.95
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Steven Evans
( Steve_Evans )

Locale:
Canada
Nunatak Arc AT on 12/19/2008 12:03:07 MST Report Post Print

Rating: 5 / 5

If you are thinking about this quilt, go for it. This system is the best I have used...just make sure you are ready for it.

Paired with my Nunatak Skaha Plus, this is my 3 season sleep setup. I haven't scientifically tested it, but I am sure I have had this at or very close to 0*C. It has easily taken me to 5*C with a base layer. My size large weighs 9.75 ounces and comes to a few inches below my armpits.
If I were to get another one, I would ask for an ounce of overfill as it seems to be just a tad sparse in areas, but doesn't affect performance as long as you shift your down properly.

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David Passey
( davidpassey - M )

Locale:
New York City
Perfectection on 08/31/2009 11:02:18 MDT Report Post Print

Rating: 5 / 5

I bought Steve Evan's Arc AT earlier this year (review above), and finally had a chance to use it 4 nights in the Adirondacks. 9.75 oz. I paired it with a Montbell Alpinelight down jacket, and a beanie.

The temperature ranged from mid-70s during the day to mid 40s at night.

The AT was perfect for these (relatively common) summer season backpacking conditions. At the beginning of the night, it was easy to vent and not feel too hot by hanging a leg out. As the temperture dropped I pulled fully under the quilt and was toasty all night. The quilt is baffled and lofty, and compares favorably against my Marmot Atom and 16oz WM bag (the purple one, forget the name).

The design is clean and simple, and when paired with a light jacket, creates a multi-function system that weighs less than most sleeping bags at comparable weights.

I'm totally sold on the system.

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