Experience of "new style" Cumulus quilts

Discussion in 'Sleeping Bags & Quilts' started by Mole, Apr 15, 2020.

  1. Mole

    Mole Thru Hiker


    I used my Golite quilt a lot again in the last couple of years, and it's probably similar to the 250 (it has 270g of US 850fp and weighs 550ish total). But for me it's pushing it near zero degrees C even with a solid inner tent and insulated jacket.

    I think I'd be fine with the 250 in summer, but I want to try to cover spring and autumn in comfort and save weight then from carrying my pipedream 400.
  2. Whiteburn

    Whiteburn Thru Hiker

    I'm of the opinion that you should use the appropriate bag/ quilt for the season, I can't see how some folk have one bag/ quilt for all.
    A 250 quilt, PD400 & Panyam 600 does me for most eventualities but there's more than one way of skinning that cat, plus I've normally a fleece & perhaps a down vest/ jacket if the night proves unexpectedly chilly. I find the long summer Pyrenean adventures are the most awkward to cater for & I've experienced overnight temps ranging from +25C to -3C.
    Last edited: Sep 14, 2020
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  3. Mole

    Mole Thru Hiker

    Well that's it. We usually go to the Pyrenees late August into September and have experienced a similar overnight range.

    I'd thinka 350 could easily replace the Alpkit pd400 with the addition of a hooded insulated jacket?


    I have a Tundra Pure n Dry - 10 for winter (600g of 860fp)
    Last edited: Apr 19, 2020
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  4. Robert P

    Robert P Ultralighter

    I've got both the Cumulus Quilt 350 and Pipedream 400, and personally I'd use them in similar conditions
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  5. Whiteburn

    Whiteburn Thru Hiker

    I'd find them both too warm for the summer trips in Scotland or Pyrenees...…..everyone's different though.
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  6. Robert P

    Robert P Ultralighter

    Sorry my wording was a bit ambiguous - I meant that I regard the two options as equivalent in warmth (however, I too would tend to use a less warm option in true summer in Scotland)
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  7. PhilHo

    PhilHo Thru Hiker

    I've made an enquiry about a longer length and they've also offered wider. I'm 6'2" and about 95kg (growing with every day of lockdown).

    I'd be interested to hear comments on the width and whether it is worth going a bit wider.
  8. Charlie83

    Charlie83 Section Hiker

    Haven't a clue how their standard width fits tbh. I got both mine 15cm longer and 10cm wider.

    I am a 6.5, muscle rippled hunk though


    well thats what the wife seems to think when I'm on a night out with mates
  9. PhilHo

    PhilHo Thru Hiker

    And is the quilt plenty big enough for you?
  10. Charlie83

    Charlie83 Section Hiker

    aye its massive, well over my head

    I'm actually just a 5.11 chubbster
  11. PhilHo

    PhilHo Thru Hiker

    So do you think you should have just gone for the standard length. How chubster? ie what sort of weight. Sorry to get so personal but I'm just trying to get the balance right between comfort and weight.
  12. PhilHo

    PhilHo Thru Hiker

    I've just ordered a 350 +15cm long and +22cm wide. Should get it just in time for it to be to warm to use it. I would have got one for this year's TGO Challenge but decided against it as I didn't think I'd have enough time to get used to the change from a bag to a quilt before I went but the cancellation gives me time for next year.
  13. Charlie83

    Charlie83 Section Hiker

    Sorry, never noticed, I would have probably got away with a standard size, can't be certain mind. I really like the extra snuggability of going big. 190kg would be my (under) estimation. I'm of the opinion if I never weigh myself i have no weight worries.
  14. PhilHo

    PhilHo Thru Hiker

    Do you actually mean 190kgs ? That means you'd make two of me and I no racing snake.
  15. Charlie83

    Charlie83 Section Hiker

    :eek:

    Oops, slipped in an extra 100 kg
    Just checked my garmin app thing, and it should be 90 kg
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  16. PhilHo

    PhilHo Thru Hiker

    Great have an extra bottle of beer and some crisps tonight.

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  17. Nevis

    Nevis Section Hiker

    That’s them Wicklow folk for ya ;)
  18. Mole

    Mole Thru Hiker

    So.
    I've had the Quilt 350 since May, and had a chance to use it a bit.
    I've camped and bivvied with it in Devon from May to August.
    Used it for 7 nights on the Pembrokeshire Coast Path in late July/early August
    And just used it for 7 nights in the Highlands.


    It's pretty warm. Warmer than I was expecting based on my other down sleeping bags n quilt.

    @Whiteburn I think you are right : I would have been ok with a 250 for most of those nights. Especially supplemented with a jacket.
    Funnily enough it was my legs that got overly warm sometimes.

    I'm buying a 250 as well. Before the £ is on €parity
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  19. Cranston

    Cranston Thru Hiker

    Ta for the feedback. What would have been the minimum apparent temp/s you had do you reckon?
    Ta.
    Still thinking a 350 with 50 OF to make it nice and puffy and might be a cracker for me most of the year. Interesting point on the leg warmth. I have experienced the same with mine?! Did you get on the 10% off?
    Last edited: Sep 13, 2020
  20. PhilHo

    PhilHo Thru Hiker

    I can't really give proper feedback on my 350 because I've not used it at anything like the temperatures it is designed for but the construction, quality of manufacture and the down is superb. I recon it would be hard to beat. I baled on a summit comp on High Street in the lakes this weekend. 65mph gusts forecast.
  21. Daniel

    Daniel Trail Blazer

    ive been warm enough in my quilt 200 so far my taiga 360 will come out probably next month
  22. Mole

    Mole Thru Hiker

    Hard to say as I don't carry a thermometer.
    But probably no lower than 6C on the coolest nights. Mostly higher.
  23. Cranston

    Cranston Thru Hiker

    Thanks.

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