Ditch the bag, and go with the quilt.
Spend summers camping out of your car or backpacking across the the plains with Therm-a-Rest's Vela Quilt keeping you warm at night. It's far roomier than any sleeping bag, and 650-fill down insulation gives that light and lofty warmth we've all grown to love. Therm-a-Rest treated the Vela's down with Nikwax to help the insulation retain its lofty warmth in moisture-riddled tents and cars. The shell has a water-resistant treatment for extra wet weather protection.
The Vela features an elasticized footbox and full-perimeter side baffles to prevent drafts from coming in and your legs from slipping out. The loop kit and snap loops attach to Therm-a-Rest's sleeping pads, sleeping bags, blankets, sheets, or another Vela Quilt. There's an external snap pocket to keep essentials close, and Therm-a-Rest included stuff and storage sacks. The Vela Quilt comes in sizes suitable for solo backpacking and camping couples.
- Nikwax hydrophobic down insulation
- ThermaCapture seams
- DWR-treated shell
- Full-perimeter side baffles
- Elasticized footbox
- Perimeter snap loops and loop kit
- External snap pocket
- Stuff and storage sacks included
- Item #CAS005J
- Q & A
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
When any down is compressed, it looses the insulation capabilities. The concept behind this quilt is to remove that unnecessary layer of down on the bottom of the sleeping bag which is normally compressed. This thing is super light and compressible for a 2p bag because of that. For it to stay in place like a double sleeping bag, one needs to purchase 2 identical thermarest sleeping pads. This made it a challenge when our sleeping pads were not the correct size, as they did not stay in place underneath us.
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I've used sleeping bags forever, and while hammock camping is great, getting in and out of the hammock while also trying to get in your sleeping bag can be difficult. This quilt is the answer, not only was it super comfy it is much easier to get in and out of. The bottom has a great elastic band that wraps around your pad and won't move in the night. There are no zippers so getting in and out is quiet and super easy, just like your bed at home. I slept in my hammock in the snow and the temps were around 22F and I was not cold at all. I will never use a sleeping bag again while in my hammock! Perfect!
I doubt the temperature rating of this product. I tried it on a 40-45 degree night, and I was very cold, despite being fully dressed with a down jacket and wool socks.
However, if you only need a quilt for 50+ degrees, this would be a good choice.
For my purposes, it didn't work so well, and I've since purchased a $400 custom quilt.