Gear Review: Enlightened Equipment Revelation 10 Degree Quilt
During my AT thru-hike, only a few items stuck with me for the entire trip. One of those items was my Minnesota-crafted Enlightened Equipment Revelation quilt. Not once did I regret my purchase, considering the multitude of sleeping systems available. Initially, I was attracted to using a quilt for both the weight savings and versatility – both proved to be stellar, in addition to other great features. Let’s dig in.
Insulation: 800 fill power goose down
Degree: 10 F
Weight: 22.6 oz.
I’ve had my fair share of cold nights while on backpacking trips, but during my AT thru-hike, I had not a single chilly night with this quilt. Since I’m a cold sleeper, a 10 degree rating seemed appropriate; initially, I worried I wouldn’t be able to find such a lightweight option for my needs. I was proven wrong in all the best ways. At a little over a pound, the Revelation will not weigh you down, or leave you feeling chilled in the middle of the night. The ratio of weight:warmth with this quilt is outstanding.
The Revelation comes equipped with a footbox zipper and drawstring cord, which allows the user to regulate their warmth by enclosing their lower legs. For cold nights, this means you’ll have toasty toes, and won’t have to worry about cold feet. During the summer, you can unzip the footbox and spread the quilt out like a blanket, which makes it easy to kick out a leg to cool off!
Additionally, the quilt comes with elastic straps that wrap around your sleeping pad to help fully enclose you in the warmth, and eliminate cold drafts from seeping through the sides. I didn’t find myself using them much, but there were times when I was glad to have the extra security.
The 800 FP down used in the quilt never seemed to lose warmth, no matter how many times I packed/unpacked it. The baffles stayed extremely lofty when the quilt was completely dry. Note: I did not use a stuff sack for this quilt. For my entire hike, it was either in my tent or stuffed into the bottom of my backpack with a trash bag liner. I feel that taking extra care to unpack my quilt ASAP, and keeping it out of a compression sack, helped to maintain its warmth and loft. I can also say that this quilt did not once get wet, other than occasional tent condensation- being steadfast about keeping your quilt dry is essential, since down loses almost all of its insulation value when wet.
While my quilt never got wet, it did retain some slight moisture during the more humid sections of the AT, which is common for down products. To combat this, Enlightened Equipment offers DownTek, a water-repellent treatment for down. My quilt does not have DownTek, so when the humidity was high the quilt would lose a bit of loft, but never enough for concern. Spreading out the quilt in sunlight to dry quickly fixed any instances of moisture build-up, but on the AT sunlight is not always substantial. I would recommend opting for DownTek instead of regular down if you plan to hike in humid/wet environments.
I have no plans to deviate from Enlightened Equipment for my sleep-system needs. The Revelation performed above and beyond expectations, and provided comfort for my whole thru-hike. It’s weight:warmth ratio can’t be beat (especially for the price!), and it never suffered from warmth-loss. Enlightened Equipment also offers a huge variety of custom options, including colors and temperature ratings. If you are on the hunt for a new sleeping-system, your search can safely end with the Revelation.
Disclosure: this product was not donated for review.
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