Rating: 5 / 5
Just got done with my first test of my new Golite Ultra 20 quilt that I received last week. I was able to use it for two nights this last weekend. I was in northern Wisconsin and was really hoping for some cold temps so that I could really test the limit of this quilt, but do to a warm front I was only able to test it down to 31 degrees. However I did come away with a good feeling of the capabilities of this quilt.
I. Initial impressions.
After I received my ultra, I inspected the stitching. Quality seems to be very good, however only time will really tell how well this quilt is put together. Then I weighed it. The regular came out to 19.75 oz. in the 5.5 by 10.5 stuff sack. Loft measures out to be around the 3.5" mark, give or take a half inch or so.
2. Testing conditions
a. Night 1 low temp=31.3 degrees, humidity around 80%. Wind 10 mph. Night 2 low temp= 33.5 degrees, humidity 100%, Wind very light. I slept in a three seasons tent on packed snow using a gossamer gear night light pad in conjunction with a gg 1/4 foam pad. I was wearing a light balaclava, a long sleeve patagonia capilene 2, top and bottoms, and smart wool socks.
a. Stayed extremely warm and toasty all night long.
This is a great light weight quilt, it packs extremely small, seems to be made very well and I have no doubt that it will live up to its 20 degree rating. I am 5'8" so I purchased the regular size. The ultra is definitely roomy enough, and plenty long. In fact I probably could have gotten away with the small(which is 1.5oz lighter). I have to say this is my first piece of ultra light sleeping gear. I can't believe how LIGHT and WARM this thing is! Initially I was very skeptical that this thing would keep me warm below 40 degrees. Well those fears have been abated. I am more than happy with this purchase so far. I also should say that this is my first quilt, and I am definitely a convert. It is very liberating not being locked into a mummy bag. The quilt may be a little more drafty, but also more versatile. Side and stomach sleeping are absolutely no problem.
I also slept under the quilt inside my parents house. The temperature was about 64 degrees. I got a little warm, but if I just slid the quilt down a little I was comfy. This tells me I will be able to use this thing during the summer, with no problem. So far I have slept with the quilt for 5 nights and have only noticed the loss of 1 down feather.
a. Snap on collar could have a pull tab.
b. Draw cord in collar could be elastic, to reduce stress on snap.
c. Pad straps shouldn't have to be double backed in order to be buckled.
In response to John's questions.
1. I am a side and stomach sleeper, however I slept primarily on my side these two nights.
2. I am definitely not a bump on a log, I tend to move around quit a bit at night.
3. I did wrap the edges of the quilt under me. It just takes a quick tuck and really keeps the warmth in.
4. The straps did not make it hard for me to rollover when I was sleeping on my side. There was plenty of room under the quilt, it is certainly not as restrictive as a sleeping bag. For instance if you need water or light, you just stick your arm under the quilt and grab your water bottle, or your headlamp.
5. I didn't notice any breeze inside the tent. However I'm sure the breeze kept the inside of the tent a few degrees colder than it otherwise would have been.
If you are skeptical about going to a quilt, I can assure you that you will not be disappointed. The positives far out way the negatives. You can get a feeling for what a quilt might be like if you don't zip your sleeping bag.