Valley and Peak Quilts

bmbobbya

Hiker
Has anyone got any experience with the Valley & Peak quilts in the UK? Have seen good reports about them in terms of build quality, but it's hard to tell from the descriptions or the photos whether there's any baffles in them? Would assume there must be, but they do look like just a big bag. Would also be interested in the temp ratings & whether they're realistic.....again website is a bit low on info as to whether the ratings are comfort / limit.
Thanks team!!
 

Odd Man

Thru Hiker
Has anyone got any experience with the Valley & Peak quilts in the UK? Have seen good reports about them in terms of build quality, but it's hard to tell from the descriptions or the photos whether there's any baffles in them? Would assume there must be, but they do look like just a big bag. Would also be interested in the temp ratings & whether they're realistic.....again website is a bit low on info as to whether the ratings are comfort / limit.
Thanks team!!

They only do synthetic quilts, so no need for baffles (to hold down) as synthetic insulation comes in sheets.
 

fluffkitten

Moderator
Staff member
I've an Apex 200 version, its rated at -1c and I'd say for a fit healthy man it'd be about right. Being none of those 3 things it takes me to 3 to 4 with a warm mat.

The insulation stays put nicely, the quilt is well made and is lasting well. My only problem is that apex doesn't compress as well as down so it is bulky - only really a problem because I'm obsessed with using small packs.

Edited to remove a couple of minus signs from where they shouldn't have been.
 
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bmbobbya

Hiker
They only do synthetic quilts, so no need for baffles (to hold down) as synthetic insulation comes in sheets.
I don't know that!! I always thought that the synthetic material was in a shredded form to mimic the down & give more loft. Always learning!! :)
 

bmbobbya

Hiker
I've an Apex 200 version, its rated at -1c and I'd say for a fit healthy man it'd be about right. Being none of those 3 things it takes me to -3 to -4 with a warm mat.

The insulation stays put nicely, the quilt is well made and is lasting well. My only problem is that apex doesn't compress as well as down so it is bulky - only really a problem because I'm obsessed with using small packs.
Awesome. Thanks for the info. I don't mind a bit of bulk for cold nights, so think I'm sold. :)
 

MattK

Trail Blazer
I have one. The build quality is excellent, but then again it's not a difficult thing to make (basically sew 3 rectangles together then "bag it out" as they say on Sewing Bee). I have the Apex 167 (I think) version. Synthetic bags/quilts don't require baffles as the insulation being in a single sheet stays in place by being secured around the edge. Indeed Baffles, or quilting would threaten to introduce cold spots.

Being synthetic they are, of course, a little bulkier than the equivalent down quilt would be. For comparison, it's about a third more bulky than my Cumulus Quantum 350 bag, and about 100g heavier, for a bit less warmth (2C vs -6C).
 

Taz38

Thru Hiker
I have one I got from here a while ago, great quilt, just not getting used.
Apex133, 7D, green/black, L&W
 
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