I hate Mummy Sleeping bags. I am normally not the one for blanket statements but I have never found a mummy sleeping bag that I like. I am a side/ stomach sleeper and with every mummy bag I have used I have always found myself tangled up in it come the morning. I also found mummy sleeping bags to be one of the least versatile pieces of gear. I mainly am referring to the lack of ventilation in bags that in turn provide comfort AND temp control. I have had many nights of camping in the summer in which I end up sleeping outside of the bag due to the heat and wishing I had not brought it in the first place. For a while I assumed I would be stuck with uncomfortable bags but this all changed when I discovered the Enlightened Equipment Revelation Sleeping Quilt.
Enlightened Equipment truly revolutionized the way I see sleeping in the backcountry. The Revelation successfully combines the warmth of a mummy bag and the versatility of a quilt to form the perfect sleeping set up. I have used my Enlightened Equipment quilt for over two years now and I can confidently say that it has made me more comfortable in the outdoors, better rested, and a faster bikepacker.
The quilt itself has a foot box that can cinch together and zip up that provides constraints for back sleepers or extra warmth on colder days. The quilt is meant to be wrapped around a sleeping pad and as a result, it has numerous straps and buttons to fit around any pad.
This ability to loop around a sleeping pad drastically cuts down on weight and provides a more comfortable system for us side and stomach sleepers.
I bought the 30-degree quilt and I have pushed it into the 20s and remained decently comfortable. When this quilt is paired with the proper pad, it is exceptionally warm. I have found that when I use a slightly larger pad it feels like I am sleeping under my blankets at home. I am able to use the quilt like a blanket and “tuck” into it all while keeping my feet warm in the foot box and not rolling off the pad.
The only issues I have faced with the quilt is the loss of warmth due to the clumping of the down. This is mainly due to my poor storage on occasion and the large trips I take it on in which it gets lots of use and little washing. After washing the quilt and fluffing the down, it is as good as new!
A good night's rest is crucial for any Bikepacker. I have found that from ultra-races to weekend explorations the Enlightened Equipment Revelation allows me to sleep better and as a result ride harder and faster on the trails.
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