What have you bought?

Discussion in 'Gear Chat' started by Shewie, Jun 18, 2014.

  1. Mole

    Mole Thru Hiker

    The earliest version of the dal we had didn't rehydrate very easily. But they got better.

    Cumulus order arrived today. 1 quilt and 3 bags. All excellent quality and lofting very well. IMG-20200521-WA0011.jpeg

    My 350 quilt is wider than I expected
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  2. Lamont-Cranston

    Lamont-Cranston Thru Hiker

    Looks nice.
    Mine is both slightly longer and slightly wider than my old EE and Nunatak, both of which said they were the same size is the Cumulus-which is a perfect fit for me.
    Does the width grab you Mole? Or are you thinking no good?
    Still can't work out the neck elastic/draught baffle on mine. Though strangely it works!
    Have a look at yours for me would you-does it seem to make sense?
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  3. Mole

    Mole Thru Hiker

    Just slept in it outside.
    It's a good width. Just a little more wiggle room than my old golite when the shoulder height buckles are attached to one another. And a good room for my size 12s in the footbox.

    The neck baffle works ok, I like the double toggles. Though I only tried it for a short time. It's unseasonably warm at night now considering we had light frosts last week (which is also unusual past the first week of May).
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  4. PhilHo

    PhilHo Thru Hiker

    I don't think they do themselves any favours with their website product pictures. They might be nice and neat but they don't give any feeling for the width. I went for long and wide and it's a nice size for a 6'2" 95kg (on a good day) individual. Fine for someone a fair bit lardier.

    Slept out in mine under the Aricxi tarp set high last night. Although the temperature was fairly high around 10C there was a cool breeze and I had to put a hat on to keep my head warm. The quilt was toastie warm and this morning at 6 I woke up far too hot. It rained a fair bit in the night, maybe 10mm judging by what was in a previously empty bucket this morning. I'd migrated too close to the edge of the tarp and one side near the top got wet, the DWR Pertex had wetted out so I'd say it is really only a help for brushing against condensation or a bit of light spray (maybe). I got hydrophobic down so will see how quick it dries today.

    I like how the elastic straps work. I set mine with the snaps about 50mm in from the edge of the mat and that held the edges of the quilt well under me. I think I'll go a bit further in when I use it in colder conditions as I have enough width to do so. The footbox works well and the baffle at the bottom provides enough extra to fill the hole. I recon, given that you can open it right up and use as a blanket this weight of down is, for me, probably right for most conditions I'll face in the UK except high summer. My long wide version is 735g in weight.

    Added: I should say this is my first quilt experience having used bags previously.
  5. Lamont-Cranston

    Lamont-Cranston Thru Hiker

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  6. Mole

    Mole Thru Hiker

    For me, I'd probably only use the mat clips when it colder, and I'd have them pretty close together nearer the centre of the mat than the edge. I'm more likely to just fasten the clips on the edge of the quilt together and be a catapillar!

    I don't have any expectations of the pertex being any different than any other pertex or DWR nylon. ..
    i.e. OK for the odd drip, but not waterproof.

    My Golite quilt is mostly the same type of pertex. I've had it quite damp and sad looking in bivi bags and even in double skin tents in certain mountain conditions before. It doesn't take long to dry and the untreated down unaffected- carrying on for multiple days.
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  7. Lamont-Cranston

    Lamont-Cranston Thru Hiker

    I pull the elastics apart so they are not square on the mat-the edge of the quilt stays down on the mat. Top gap is about 15cms and hip about 10 and I can roll and not let air in. Really surprised at cool temps with not much on.
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  8. Rog Tallbloke

    Rog Tallbloke Thru Hiker

    Solar minimum right now brings this kind of weather. The atmospheric angular momentum becomes sluggish, allowing meridional loops to form in the jet stream.That allows mobile polar highs to bring colder air southwards. Then after the front passes over, you get the opposite; warm air from further south.
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  9. PhilHo

    PhilHo Thru Hiker

    The new Carol Kirkwood is amongst us :)
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  10. Rog Tallbloke

    Rog Tallbloke Thru Hiker

    I got whacked £11.50 on my £17.30 tarp. £3.52VAT and £8 "handling charge". Postie says anything over £15 value is likely to get "handled" by customs. I should have ordered my two £14 air pads separately...

    Still, ExtremeTextil charge double plus postage, even after the "handling charge and VAT", so I'll grin and bear it.
  11. WilliamC

    WilliamC Thru Hiker

    Has anyone tried the Cumulus comforters? I'll try a search when I've got more time but maybe you can save me a little work?

    We found the Firepot dal to be decent but expected it to have a lot more spinach in it. There were only a few green flecks.
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  12. Mole

    Mole Thru Hiker

    Yep, lip service to the greenery, like most bought meals. Thats why we usually take dehydrated spinach or chard and add to our meals.

    I really considered a Comforter, but the Quilt 350 baffles swung it for me as I wanted to get the biggest range of use to try to replace 2 current sleep gear options - the Pipedream 400 and Golite quilt(270). Time will tell, but not until next winter n it's shoulders have been experienced.
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  13. PhilHo

    PhilHo Thru Hiker

    That really ****es me off, for the sake of a few quid they ought to waive them if the "handling charge" is more than the tax otherwise it is punitive.
  14. Balagan

    Balagan Thru Hiker

    I've not tried it but I've talked with owners and nearly all have said there is too much down migration, leading to cold spots. The ability to move the down to the sides for warmer days was in fact one of the design parameters of the journalist who commissioned the comforters in the first place as he wanted maximum flexibility and simplicity but I guess it doesn't work as well as it should in theory.
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  15. Rog Tallbloke

    Rog Tallbloke Thru Hiker

    @PhilHo Yeah. Grrr. When I've bought old camera lenses from Japan in the past, customs didn't bother with anything under £70 in value.
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  16. dovidola

    dovidola Thru Hiker

    My Cumulus Quantum 350 Bag, which I use as a quilt most of the time, is still going fine 10 years on, despite it being my only one! If I ever need another bag/quilt, I'll turn to Cumulus first.
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  17. WilliamC

    WilliamC Thru Hiker

    That was worrying me. We've had the same problem with the old-style Zpacks quilts.
  18. Arne L.

    Arne L. Section Hiker

    I owned one and briefly used it (+- 21 nights) a few years ago. Basically it's just a down filled square. Down migration was pretty bad IME... After the M350 I switched to Apex quilts.

    My GF happily used it on the TMB and was never cold or uncomfortable.

    Now I own a 'true' down quilt and migration has not been an issue.

    Some more info here:

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  19. FOX160

    FOX160 Thru Hiker

    Didn’t buy one as people was saying the down kept moving and waking up cold, we just open out two quilts,
    we always end up with an individual quilt each.
  20. Oot'n'Boots

    Oot'n'Boots Summit Camper

  21. Rog Tallbloke

    Rog Tallbloke Thru Hiker

    2 car camping chairs. The joys of middle age...

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  22. Michael_x

    Michael_x Ultralighter

    Needs a deeper hole so that once it's complete you can fill the hole with concrete and then turf it over. Either that or paint it safety orange
  23. Rog Tallbloke

    Rog Tallbloke Thru Hiker

    I've already buried mine in the garden in case the seller realises they made a mistake with the free delivery.
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  24. Michael_x

    Michael_x Ultralighter

    Three BioSnacky glass sprouter jars. I shall soon be experimenting with dehydrating alfalfa sprouts to add to my DIY camping meals :)

    Particularly happy since my newish self imposed rule of searching for a non Amazon supplier saved me almost £12.00.
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  25. Gordon

    Gordon Trail Blazer

    Just arrived: Ascendancy Apparel Worldie Tech T (135 grms) and two Resurgent Hooded Mid-layers ( or base layer ) (340 grms) Good value compared to some of the big name gear.

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