Best gear investment so far!
As I was prepping for a road/hiketrip in California I was looking for ultralight gear to update my base weight. Being used to a -6C down mummy sleeping bag of 1,35kg, I did TONS of online research to find the perfect sleeping bag that would be warm enough, UL and not too large for me. I'm 1,72m and most sleeping bags go up to 2,20m which is a waste of space and weight. Then I found out about Enlightenment Equipment. How awesome is it that you can customize your own quilt in size, warmth AND color? The only thought that needed convincing was going from a sleeping bag to a quilt. After having used it I can say I would never go back. It's great. I did overnight hikes in the High Sierra's and Sequoia National Forest where it gets below freezing in September and I wasn't cold. I get cold very easily. I haven't used the straps that go around your sleeping pad but I figure I will the next time since it prevents any leaks of warmth on the edges. I also got a hoodlum but didn't use it yet. I'll probably use it (and be very happy with it) in Swiss or Norway. The hoodlum is extremely light and pack size is tiny. I'm super enthusiastic about this brand as well. Can't wait they will come with a down jacket :)
Exactly What I Was Hoping For
I went to a top quilt from a normal mummy bag to save pack weight and space while backpacking and camping. After reading online reviews for what felt like months, I narrowed my list down to the Revelation and Enigma, ultimately deciding to go with the Engima to save a little weight. My quilt specs are below.
(Down Type (DownTek Treated): 850, Temperature: 30°F (-1°C), Length: Regular - 6', Width: Wide - 58", Outside Fabric Options: Black 10D, Inside Fabric Color: Charcoal 10D)
I am 6'0", about 225lbs, and was happy I went with the wide version. Temperature rating wise, I went with a 30 degree rating. I'm not a warm or a cold sleeper, but feel I'm somewhere in the middle. So far I've slept with it down to the high 20's and stayed comfortably warm without wearing any type of insualted baselayer. I think I could get down to the low 20's and high teens in this quilt with a baselayer. On warmer nights, I've had it with night time lows as high as the mid-60's and didn't need to uncover or anything like that due to overheating.
One thing I kind of lucked into was going with a black exterior/charcoal interior. When the sun comes up in the morning and you aren't ready to get up, you just tuck your head inside the quilt (no problem with my height) and its pitch black.
Weight and pack size wise, this is exactly what I was hoping for, no regrets at all on this purchase and exactly what I was hoping for. I can't see myself ever going back to a mummy or traditional sleeping bag.
One other note, I reached out to Enlightened Equipment once after ordering and the customer service was great!