While minimalist backpacking has become a growing trend, you shouldn’t have to sacrifice performance or comfort to achieve it. As someone who strives to be an ultralight traveler, my goal isn’t about having less stuff, it’s about achieving maximum efficiency. It’s that mindset that led me to my Enlightened Equipment Revelation quilt.
Besides the ability to customize your Revelation quilt (each is custom made to your specifications, including down fill, color, degree rating, length and width), the thing that makes this item a must for all of my trips is its versatility.
When you think of a “quilt,” most people picture a large blanket or comforter, which this can be when it’s un-cinched. But, to increase warmth, you simply cinch up the bottom of the bag to create a fully enclosed place for your feet. You then snap the sides together and pretty soon you’re wrapped snuggly in a warm, down sleeping bag.
For additional warmth, there are two elastic sleeping pad clips which allow you to attach it directly to a sleeping pad. This allows you to not only add an extra layer of warmth via the pad, but it also keeps you from sliding around all night.
The Enlightened Equipment Revelation quilt packs down to a mere 6” x 12” and weighs barely more than a pound. I guessed it would work just fine in the summer – using only it and a hammock to sleep. But what I really wanted to know was how that 0 degree temperature rating would hold up in the winter. Would this thing that looks smaller than a travel pillow really keep me warm and toasty in the snow?
I found myself venturing into Wisconsin in the middle of winter to camp at Devil’s Lake. It was a bold decision, but I felt that to really put the Revelation to the test, I had to face the chilly temperatures of the north. If you’re like me, getting a good night’s rest can go a long ways toward keeping you in good spirits and making your trip one that you’ll look back on fondly.
My Enlightened Equipment quilt didn’t let me down! With the quilt strapped to my insulated sleeping pad, I stayed comfortably warm all night as the temperatures dropped below freezing.
Bottom line: While I have amassed a pretty decent amount of gear over the years, it’s always a joy when you find something that you can take with you on all of your adventures, whether to the local park or deep into the backcountry. The Revelation Quilt from Enlightened Equipment is definitely one of those.
Ronnie Charrier blogs at Many Many Adventures. If you want a feel-good moment in your day, be sure to read the story about he met his significant other, under the “our story” section of the site. The photos alone will make you feel happy. As will the photos on Ronnie's Instagram feed.