My sleeping pad is a Thermarest NeoAir XLite:
I'd like to get a down quilt/blanket to use with it so I can put the insulation where it matters most and save myself some weight/size. For this to work I need a blanket that will attach to the pad somehow so it doesn't get thrown off at night or vent all my warm air.
Thermarest offers such a beast:
Therm-a-RestÂ® AlpineÂ™ Blanket: Light, Packable Down Blanket.
Does anyone know of other options that would connect to the pad?
Anyone actually used the Thermarest blanket?
Following up on my question:
- reviews I've found of the Therm-a-rest blanket have been good
- REI sells the Alpine blanket and there is a 20% sale on
- another good option is enLIGHTened EquipmentenLIGHTened equipment
I use a Big Agnes bag (Horse Thief SL). It's got no insulation on the bottom of the bag and a sleeve on the bottom for the pad.
I have been considering a zpacks sleeping bag, it lacks the attach to the pad feature, but it looks like a contender.
I also considered the nunatak quilts. They look pretty cool and they are light, but not cheap.
Nunatak Quilts and Superlight Backcountry Blankets, Frequently Asked Questions
At the moment the TR Alpine Blanket long is $208 US at REI with free shipping in US. Considering the TR lifetime warranty and REI's customer service it's the most attractive option to me paired with a set of $10 adhesive snaps that fasten to the pad.
Since it's somewhat related:
I have a Thermarest Tech Blanket. It's a synthetic for very warm nights/liner/traveling. The large comes in at 1.8 pounds. It compresses really small. I use it predominately as a travel blanket but also a liner to make my main bag warmer. I have used it alone with a thin 1/2 pad, and lots of clothes comfortably at around 45 degrees. I wouldn't go lower than that.
I have a similar one from Kelty (discontinued) that is the same weight but much warmer and way cheaper.
+1^. I have the tech blanket also and rally like it down to about 45-50 degrees F.
"Paved roads...just another example of needless government spending"—paraphrased from rhino_adv
I'm revamping my bike-packing gear list, trying to shed some weight & bulkiness...
Anyways, I found these two sites seem to have high quality "top quilts", I went with the Hammockgear 20 degree with 2 more oz of insulation for about $230...
enLIGHTened EquipmentenLIGHTened equipment
Just following up on my post. I bought a TR Alpine Blanket in May and used it this summer for bikepacking trips a link to my full review is below.
Coles Notes Version:
- great concept
- poor execution [amount of down & baffle design]
- was not warm enough for BC summer camping use
- returned to REI
- will buy another quilt of a better design and warmth
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