Camping Quilts vs. Sleeping Bags: Debunking 5 Common Myths

Camping with a quilt

5 Myths About Camping with a Quilt

Hiker sitting with a quilt wrapped around them looking out on Yosemite National Park


Are you still not convinced about camping or hiking with a quilt? We're here to dispel the myths and your concerns about quilts.

Most likely, all your camping trips have been with a sleeping bag.
There's nothing like slipping into a cozy sleeping bag under a starry sky after a long day outdoors.
But, there might be something just as good, if not better. If you've ever browsed through outdoor magazines or shopped for a sleeping bag, you might have noticed that some people no longer camp with sleeping bags. Instead, they use quilts.

For those unfamiliar with hiking quilts, we're here to address your concerns by debunking 5 myths about camping and hiking with a quilt:

  1. What Keeps Me Warm? How can I expect to keep my back warm? The biggest question (and advantage) of a quilt is the lack of insulation on the back, which is found in sleeping bags.

    When you curl up in your sleeping bag for the night, the filling on the part of your sleeping bag that touches your back is compressed by your weight, making it thermally inefficient. This is where your mattress comes in.

    To insulate you from the cold ground, your mattress is designed to provide the critical warmth that your sleeping bag lacks. Therefore, when using a quilt, your insulated mattress will keep your back warm, just like when using a sleeping bag.

  2. Cold Head But there's no hood. Another significant difference between a quilt and a sleeping bag is that a quilt doesn't have a hood.
    So, on those chilly nights when you'd usually tighten your sleeping bag's hood around your head, how do you manage with a quilt?
    The answer is the same as keeping your head warm while hiking or gathering firewood: a good beanie or warm hood.
    They are often warmer than your sleeping bag's hood because they fit more snugly and prevent drafts. Plus, if you move your head, you won't be breathing in a nylon lining.

  3. Drafts Everywhere?
    How can I prevent cold drafts from entering over and under my quilt? It's essential to note that our technical quilts are very different from the ones you might find at your grandparents' house.

    Our quilts are tapered for maximum thermal efficiency.
    The foot section is specially designed and can even be slipped over your mattress for added protection. The sides of the mattress have air tubes to shield the sides, and the Synergy Link connectors and snap closures at the neck keep you warm when the temperature drops.
    The beauty of quilts is their versatility in warmer conditions. You can simply open the quilt's sides or stick out a leg for more ventilation.

  4. Sticky Situation How to prevent skin/mattress contact? Some mattresses, like our NeoAir XLite, have a nylon surface that might not be super comfortable to sleep on.
    This can easily be remedied by wearing thermal underwear or using our Synergy sheets for a touch of luxury in the wilderness. Even during summer outings, thermal underwear wicks sweat away from your body, ensuring comfort and dryness.

  5. Only for the Pros?

    Are quilts just for professionals and mountaineers? Yes, of course.
    But just because they're designed for long treks and imposing summits doesn't mean quilts aren't for you.
    All campers and hikers can appreciate the lightweight versatility and comfort that quilts offer. Whether you're looking for more comfort and space at the campsite or a more compact and lighter solution on the trails, rest assured that our range of technical quilts can provide the comfort you need and the features you demand.

  6. What’s Most Important to You in a Backpacking Quilt?

    PRICE - Think of your quilt as a cozy investment for your adventures! While it might be a bit pricier than some other items in your backpack, its importance can't be overstated.

    We believe in getting great value for your money, and sometimes that means splurging a bit on a top-notch quilt with all the bells and whistles. But hey, we're also big fans of our budget-friendly selections!

    Each of our top picks below offers fantastic value, so you're in for a treat no matter which one you choose. 😊

    • Q: How do I clean my camping quilt?
      A: Just like your sleeping bag, follow the care instructions, usually found on the label. Most quilts can be machine washed on a gentle cycle and air-dried.

    • Q: Can I use my quilt in winter?
      A: Absolutely! Just make sure you have a suitable insulated mattress and wear appropriate thermal clothing.

    • Q: What if I move a lot in my sleep?
      A: Quilts are versatile! Whether you're a restless sleeper or like to stretch out, a quilt will adapt to your sleeping style.

Review of ZOOOBELIVES Ultralight Backpacking 32-50F Down Quilt Sleeping Bag

The ZOOOBELIVES Ultralight Backpacking Down Quilt Sleeping Bag is a versatile and lightweight option for outdoor enthusiasts.

Designed for temperatures ranging from 32-50°F, it offers a comfortable sleep experience for most three-season camping trips.

Key Features:

  1. Ultralight and Compact: Weighing only 1.5 lbs, this quilt is perfect for backpackers who prioritize weight savings. Its compact design ensures it won't take up much space in your pack.
  2. Versatile Design: This quilt can be used as a blanket, a sleeping bag, or even a poncho, making it a multifunctional piece of gear.
  3. Quality Materials: Made with 650-fill power down insulation, it provides excellent warmth-to-weight ratio. The outer shell is made of durable and water-resistant material, ensuring longevity and protection against the elements.
  4. Easy to Use: With its zipper-free design, setting up and packing away is a breeze. The included stuff sack makes storage straightforward.

Customer Feedback: The product has garnered positive feedback from users, with many praising its versatility, lightweight design, and warmth. 

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