A lightweight alternative to a sleeping bag, the Sierra Designs Backcountry Quilt 800F 2-Season is open on one side in order to fully utilize your sleeping pad for under-body insulation and padding. While not for everyone, the innovative design of the Backcountry Quilt 800F 2-Season increases weight-savings and efficiency in your gear for camping in warmer weather. And unlike other quilts, the Backcountry Quilt is extra long and includes several unique features.
The Backcountry Quilt 800F 2-Season contains 11 ounces of 800 fill duck DriDown water-resistant down for extreme comfort. Renowned for their efficiency in retaining heat and compressible properties, the feathers and fibers of down have an incredibly soft, comfortable feel, and despite advances in synthetic materials, continue to provide the best warmth-to-weight ratio of any insulation available. The one inherent weakness of down insulation is that it loses much of its ability to maintain warmth when it gets wet, but the DriDown featured in the Backcountry Quilt 800F 2-Season performs differently. Employing a unique, innovative polymer application, DriDown actually creates a hydrophobic finish on each individual plume of down. This treatment results in insulation that stays dry up to 10 times longer and dries 33% faster, should it become wet, than untreated down.
Key features in the Backcountry Quilt 800F 2-Season include durable nylon ripstop shell fabrics and a hide-away integrated hood that insulates your head on colder nights, but naturally stays sealed and draft-free when not in use. Full-length, insulated arm and hand pockets supply insulation under your arms and helps you easily create a tight, tucked-in seal around your body, as needed, or open up the quilt on warmer nights.
With a trail weight of just 1 lb, 7 oz, the unique Sierra Designs Backcountry Quilt 800F 2-Season fits individuals up to 6’ 4" tall and comes with a stuff sack.
- 800 Fill Duck DriDown
- Oversized design
- Full-length, insulated arm and hand pockets
- Hide-away hood
Best Use Backpacking, Camping Insulation Type Down Warranty Lifetime Type DriDown Temperature Rating 30 Degrees F Shell Material 20D Nylon Ripstop Packed Size 7" x 14" Other Storage Sack Included Liner Material 20D Nylon Taffeta Item Weight 1 lb 8 oz Fits to Length 6' 4" Fits to Girth 46" Fill Material 800 Fill Duck DriDown EN Lower Limit Rating 28 EN Comfort Rating 38
- Lightweight bag alternative for the active sleeper
Likes: I've been looking at trading in my 20 year old synthetic bag for something light for backpacking, could fit my size (6'2 and 210lbs), and is comfortable in all sleeping positions (back, front, side). I invested in a good, insulated sleeping pad years back and I usually wear warm clothes to bed so a quilt made sense to me. The workmanship and materials are solid. Family was so impressed when I showed them the old and new bags side by side (weight, volume, workmanship). I feel that the quilt is a solid investment.
Dislikes: From the Pacific Northwest, most of my nights are spent in damp conditions. I have yet to test the DriDown in wet conditions so I am a bit wary. I will invest in a better-compacting, waterproof stuff sack to save space in the pack and keep the bag dry until I get into dry shelter.
Likes: After having used this quilt multiple times this season, I can honestly say that this piece of equipment has made my outings much more enjoyable. As I am mostly a side sleeper, typical mummy bags don't work well for me as they tend to get in the way of comfortable sleep. This quilt easily wraps around me and allows me to vent out heat to cool down, but also envelopes around me to bundle up and keep warm. I've yet to use the built in hood and likely won't since it's primarily for back sleepers, but would imagine it would help out those accustomed to mummy bags. It packs down very small and takes up minimal space in my bag. My only regret is not getting a quilt earlier.