Rating: 5 / 5
This is a preliminary review based on testing the Palisade on my balcony. I'll be using it all summer in the mountains of Europe and will update the review later this summer.
The quilt is beautifully sewn with what seems like an optimal distance between baffles. If the distance is too great, down slides to the sides of the quilt too easily. If the distance is too short, unnecessary weight is added.
My quilt weighs 536 g in size L — one ounce more than the declared weight. I'm considering whether or not to sue the company over that :)
The differential cut is really a great thing compared to a flat quilt. It naturally curves under your body (aided by a slight strip of elastic around the bottom perimeter) and helps avoid cold spots when a part of your body is pressed into the quilt. The width of the quilt is also very nice compared to my JRB Rocky Mountain No Sniveller, which was marginally wide enough even for my somewhat narrow shoulders, when I slept on my side.
The quilt provides nearly the same warmth as a JRB High Sierra Sniveller, which weighs 170 g more (size L). The cut of the Palisade is more efficient, down is not "wasted" in places where it is compressed due to the conversion from serape to quilt, the shell fabric is slightly lighter, and it doesn't need to have the strings and omni-tape that allow it to be converted into a serape. Also, the distance between baffles is smaller, helping to keep the down in place over your body instead of shifting to the side. But then the Palisade can't be worn either...
The single neck snap of the Palisade has come undone for me 1 night out of 6. Now, I just leave it snapped and slide it over my head to get out of the quilt. I tried the quilt fastening system one night and haven't formed an opinion yet. It is probably unnecessary for me because I have a narrow body. The drawcord around the neck withe the extra neck insulation seems to work quite well.
Temperatures. I seem to sleep slightly on the cold side compared to most other men (possibly because I'm skinny). With a typical full set of hiking clothes on (Marmot Cocona PowerDry top and bottom, wind layer, T-shirt, shorts, Montbell down vest, BPL Pro 90 hood) but without a bivy sack I am warm under the quilt to about 1 or 2 C (34-36 F). I figure the bivy sack will add 1 or 2 C of warmth, so that'll get me to freezing. If it gets colder, I'll have to wrap myself in a poncho or space blanket.
So far I am very pleased with the quilt and expect to use it all summer in temperatures ranging from -2 C to 15 C. I will update my review as necessary.
UPDATE 110 NIGHTS LATER:
Performance exactly as expected. No loss of loft after avoiding total compression by using large stuff sack. Warm at 0 C with clothes and bivy. This is probably the quilt of my dreams and one of my best purchases ever.