Amazing customer service
My enigma is being built right now, but I wanted to still give a 5 star rating just on their customer service. I e-mailed making a couple changes and they were amazingly accommodating. I cannot wait to get my enigma!
The Enigma is the ideal minimalist quilt when weight and simplicity are critical. This quilt specifically features a sewn-closed 3D footbox that provides ample room for your feet, while limiting dead air space that needs to be heated. When it’s warm simply use it like a blanket and kick your foot out. When it’s cold, cinch down the sides with our pad attachment system. Build your Enigma to meet your performance needs without carrying any unnecessary weight. The Enigma is the simplest quilt available and is perfect for hikers, canoeists, kayakers, climbers, and cyclists who need minimal weight and maximum warmth.
A sewn-closed 3D footbox minimizing weight and maximizing warmth.
Pad attachment system using elastic straps and clips on each side of the quilt to keep you securely on your pad. This gives you the ability to cinch down the sides on those cold nights.
Snap and drawstring neck closer fits securely around your shoulders to fine-tune draft control.
U shaped baffles keep the down where you need it - all night long.
Half taper design to minimize weight while reflecting the natural shape of the human body.
Ethically sourced down from an RDS certified supplier that verifies that none of the down in the supply chain is acquired through live plucking or forced-feeding.
Zero PFC DownTek treated down which helps the down resist moisture longer and dry out quicker if it does get wet.
10D fabric made of a customized, lightweight, and durable nylon that offers breathability and comfort.
Optional 20D ripstop nylon that has been customized to increase comfort and offers higher durability and water resistance.
Optional 7D micro ripstop nylon for lowest weight options.
Handmade in Winona, Minnesota.
Silnylon Stuff Sack (.3oz-.8oz)
Elastic Straps x2 (0.4oz each - One Straight, One Loop)
My enigma is being built right now, but I wanted to still give a 5 star rating just on their customer service. I e-mailed making a couple changes and they were amazingly accommodating. I cannot wait to get my enigma!
I ordered an enigma after loads of research on which sleeping system would be best for me. Prior to this I had a big agnes ethel 0 degree that weighed about 4 pounds- so quite heavy. I used this bag for doing the JMT last year in September. I was cold the entire time and had to use a liner. I finally pulled the trigger and ordered a 950 fill, 0 degree, regular. I am astonished by the weight (1 pound?!!!) , quality and comfort this bag provides. It is INSANELY warm. I slept in 26 degree weather and was TOASTY warm like I've never been before. It is wide enough to sleep really comfortably. I have paired it with a few different pads and have been warm and comfortable every time. The straps are great as well for keeping you warmer or not even strapping them at all for hot nights. The only change I am surprised to say I would have considered was an open foot box. Up in Tahoe there have been a few nights where I was pretty hot. But I would rather be hot than cold and this is a true 0 degree bag- FINALLY. So if you are debating stop doing so, you will be so happy with your purchase. I am over the moon with this product. I will most likely order another at a higher degree for the Summer months!
I recently began getting serious about reducing my base weight, and pretty much my total carry weight right along with it. After about a year of upgrading here and there I was absolutely satisfied my entire setup with the exception of my sleeping bag. After watching lots of YouTube reviews the idea of a quilt sounded like exactly what I was looking for. The Enigma was highly rated so I ordered a 950 regular, extra wide, 20 degree Enigma. I’m 6 feet tall and it fits just like I was hoping it would. Materials feel very high quality and every time I use it I am perfectly warm and quite comfortable down to 29 degrees when combined with my Klymit Static V Insulated pad. I was so impressed with every aspect of the Enigma that I ordered a 950, regular, extra wide, 40 degree quilt for those cool, not cold time of year. I also intend to purchase my wife an Enigma identical to my 20 degree quilt.
I love my Enigmas. I can’t speak to how well they’ll hold up over time, but the quality of the quilts seem to imply that with careful use they’ll provide years of excellent service.
Try one of these and I’ll bet you’ll never go back.
This is my first quilt. I decided to go with EE after reading many reviews from bloggers that have helped me get the right gear for my needs. I got an Enigma quilt, 850, 10F, length long, width regular. I'm 6'1" and 180lbs. I used the measuring guide from the EE website and I must say the size is perfect. I'm snug yet I can move/turn around freely (that's the main reason I got a quilt). I tested it at around 32F (dry, no wind) and I was perfectly warm. I could feel the chilling air outside the bag if I took my hand out, but in my bag I slept like a baby. If you're puzzled with the temperatures, choose a filling for at least 10 to 20 degrees below the temperature you expect on your trips. Also, make sure to be dry, hydrated, fed and you can put on a base layer if needed to get warmer. High quality materials, the bag is super lightweight, soft, colors look great. I would recommend this product.
this is my second quilt and my first EE one. I Love the quality and it is a comfortable quilt. I had a little trouble with the straps and getting them situated correctly. I highly recommend watching the video on the EE website prior to using the system. It will take getting used to and my first night I had gaps so there was a draft. When done correctly they are effective.
Mine is a regular length and regular width; I am 5'5" and 135# and it was plenty roomy for me. I would not want anything longer or wider than this. My daughter will also use it and she is 5'9" and it seems like it will be fine.
Awesome quilt and very good value!
I bought an Enigma for a 8 Day Bike Tour through 1060km of Mountain Bike Trail (The Munda Biddi Trail) In Western Australia.
I bought a 30F Regular Length, Wide Quilt and for me at 6" Tall 80kg it was fantastic. Even though we got lucky with the coldest morning only 1 degrees Celsius I could sleep comfy in just my shorts. The straps holding the quilt to the mat were fantastic, Usually in a normal bag I ended up twisted, not in the Enigma It was the greatest.
The little Pull cord at the top made the button closure for the top nice on the cooler nights and I am glad I got the closed footbox as no socks were required.
The Quilt packed super well into my Revelate Seat Bag, packing down super small each morning and fluffing up really well each night. Would not hesitate to recommend these Quilts to anyone. So much better than a bag, super well made, soft and fluffy comfort of home while out on the Trail. My Wife is taking it on School Camp now! I Look forward to using it again next trip.
My only gripe is the Spec Tag Could have been on the outside of the Quilt not inside :P
When weight and packability are absolutely crucial, when you'll carry a piece of equipment thousands of miles, and count on it to keep you alive in harsh temperatures, this is what you buy.
I bought mine for a PCT hike and it saved me so much space and weight that I was able to fit all my kit inside my pack without strapping anything externally. The quilt is expertly crafted, intuitively designed, and lovely soft. Even after being snowed on while cowboy camping at 11,000 feet, I simply shook it out and packed it in its dry sack; the next night it was totally dry and ready to use without hassle.
My only regret is not buying the long version. I'm 5ft11 and on windy nights I would want to be able to cinch it closed above my head and still stretch my legs out. Spring for the extra ounce of weight if you feel the same. The 20D weather resistant strips are 100% worth it, and I recommend black so it dries quickest in the sun, should it get wet.
Customer service is remarkable. I didn't keep my 0 degree wide enigma due to the fact that the whole quilt idea just doesn't work for me. The design is simply effective and well made. Great job enlightened equipment keep the warmth alive!
Prior to taking my quilt out for its first backpacking trip, I spent a night out in my backyard with my trekking gear in 40 degree weather and I was very comfortable. The April weekend trek turned out to be in freezing rain, which turned into snow and overnight temperatures of 27 F. The quilt kept me warm but in order to stay warm, I had to bring the straps in to the point that the entire bag surrounded me completely. The selling point for me for purchasing a quilt is that I’m not comfortable in a mummy bag and I really anticipated having more room with a quilt. I did buy the widest available but it’s not wide enough for me in freezing weather, which is a disappointment.
I bought this quilt somewhat impulsively as I am currently prepping for the PCT this summer. When it came in the mail, I was already impressed with the weight, comfort, and shape of it; I actually ended up sleeping in it just because for the first week!!! I then took this quilt to the desert in Moab where it dropped down to about 30 degrees one night with wind (I have the 10 degree bag) and it worked great, even cowboy camping!! I am so sure of this quilt for the PCT this summer and already love the customer support at enlightened equipment as well.
I have the Enigma 20F quilt filled with the 950 down and so far I have tested the quilt once, in an almost freezing night (0 C/32 F) and very moist atmosphere. These are my experiences.
I was lucky enough that I could afford highest quality down (950). Compared to the sleeping bag that I used previously in warmer conditions, this quilt was much warmer while it weighs less. So I believe the extra costs for more expensive goose down pays off.
For the outside fabric I chose the lighter 10D with the 20D "stripes" on the footbox and the neck. This is to protect the bag against condensation on these spots. In the morning my quilt was very wet on the outside from condensation, but the inside of the quilt seemed to be dry. It did not affect the insulation.
I had to pack the quilt in this wet condition, because the sun was not yet out when I left camp. Later that day the quilt dried very fast in the sun (maybe 30 minutes).
The 10D fabric is very light, but very thin. You can actually see the goose down through the fabric. This is good because you can see how the down is distributed. After compressing the quilt, not all spaces are filled with down, so it takes some shaking and moving to get an evenly distributed loft.
The very thin 10D material does mean however that you treat it with special care. My rule is to always keep the quilt inside a drysack and only take it out inside my tent, so I expect no problems with that.
As for the straps: this works o.k. It took me some time to figure out the right position and tightness of the straps. For me it worked best to pull them quite tight, to avoid drafts.
The draft is the only problem I had, I move a lot while sleeping, so I did feel some drafts now and then on my sides or back. Pulling the straps tighter helped.
The footbox of the Enigma is closed, which is a good idea, because you will have no drafts there.
The possibilty of choosing your own colors is a nice-to-have option. I choose orange + yellow because I like bright colors to stay found whenever I might get lost. I know the experts say you should always choose black, because black will dry faster.
All in all I am quite happy with the Enigma because of the bottom line: less weight, more warmth.
Just returned from a 7 day early spring Grand Canyon backpacking trip. Cold temperatures (well below freezing some nights) and my first experience with a quilt. The enigma performed very well. I recommend ordering a temperature rating 10-15 degrees colder than the temperatures you expect to encounter. I regularly experience night time lows into the mid-twenties, so I ordered a 10 degree quilt. At about 24 degrees, I was comfortable wearing light booties, light long underwear and the Apex Parka. I'm 5' 9" tall, lean, sleep a little on the cold side and I'm a very active side sleeper so I ordered a regular length and wide width.....perfect. Especially the wide width which allowed lots of turning and repositioning w/o exposing my torso to drafts. I swapped the elastic strap for a second elastic loop band so both my elastic bands now attach to the sleeping pad. This helped keep the quilt in position as I thrashed around. I found that as temperatures reach the lower comfort limit, it was important to pay attention to the positioning of the elastic bands. When properly positioned/spaced, they provided remarkable resistance to drafts, even in breezy conditions in my well ventilated, very breezy single wall tent. I was concerned that the lack of a draft collar would be a problem in the colder temperatures, but with the upper snaps closed and the draw cord cinched, I had no issues while wearing the hooded Apex parka. The foot box was roomy, warm and comfortable. I really agonized over the different quality down fills and since this was my first quilt, decided on the 850 DT. It is an excellent price point. The 950 fill would have saved just over an ounce in weight and would have been about 10% more compressible at a cost of an additional hundred bucks or so. Still don't know if I made the right decision, but I am happy with the weight and pack size for what I got. In the final analysis, I may never use my traditional sleeping bags again! Great job EE!
I got the 20F and I have stayed quite warm in temps well under 20F(with crazy wind chill), and I have stayed comfortable on warmer nights in the 60's. The length of the bag is great I am 6' 4" 175 lbs. so I got the long/regular width, and there is plenty of room for me to pull the quilt over my head in the morning if I am not digging the idea of getting up just yet. The quilt was built with quality craftsmanship, even though the 10D material is quite thin I am sure that this bag will be my go to for years to come. There is nothing that I would change on this bag.
As for recommendations for others who are looking into getting this same bag I might make these suggestions: if you are going to be dealing with extreme winds (+50 MPH) like January nights here on the plains you might invest in 20D fabric instead of the 10D. And if you are bald like myself, invest in a thick beanie, or a separate hood.
Like I saying: great product, amazing weight/space saving, warm, comfortable, and the customer service is friendly to boot. I will be recommending this product to any, and everyone on the trails. I now know why folks on the CDT last summer were recommending this company.
I ordered solely based on weight. I actually went for a heavier 10F one for extra warmth along with being a short one to add to my clothes at night. In fair weather this quilt is the most amazing blanket ever. It's probably 98% down by weight which means the material is incredibly minimal with maximum insulation ratio. It's hard to describe just how much loft it has. Pushing it down to the colder end of it's temp rating I used my down jacket for my arms with a hood, a hat, gloves, neck gator. These are clothes I'd already be wearing with the those temps anyway. The fact I was comfortably warm during the night without moving means I think it works well enough within reason. For the weight, price, or performance, I don't think any other mummy bag is as good. I say that because I also have a six pound -20F mummy bag. It has very heavy duty material along with zippers and elastic. The quilt has a bit more loft, probably 1/5 the material, probably twice as much down along with being better quality. I think the quilt is a much better choice than any other sleeping bag.
I just received this product this morning! I'm very excited by it. I tested it out on my sleeping pad for a few minutes and I am very impressed by the heat retention, the comfort, and how light weight and packable it is.
On a more lighthearted note, the Desert Tan/Desert Tan is a tad darker than advertised. It is absolutely hilarious. My girlfriend can't stop laughing at me because I look like a giant turd.
I am so happy to have this quilt. It will serve me well at North Cascades later this year, and it gave us a great laugh while making our Sunday breakfast.
- Me: 6', 155 lbs., average sleeper
- Quilt: 850 FP, 20*, regular, regular
I was on the fence about buying this because of reviews saying that it didn't meet the temperature that it claims. Then EE announced the 5% increase in down fill, so I decided to try it out. I just finished a week of backpacking in Olympic National Park with night time temperatures from 20*-26* and it performed exactly as stated. I wore a merino base layer, socks, fleece top, and beanie underneath of it and only used a 30* under quilt. I had no issues with the cold whatsoever. Well, except for climbing out of the hammock in the morning into a foot of snow that had fallen over night. I never used the older, less filled version to compare them, but I can say that for an average sleeper, the Enigma meets the temperature it states.
I'm 6'2" 220lb and a fairly warm sleeper. Wife says that's a lie, that I'm a damn furnace, but what does she know, she's an iceburg. :)
Anyway, this Enigma 20 Quilt is a fantastic quilt. I have long legs and am a restless sleeper so the footbox and mid girth have to be enough to allow me the comfort to move. This quilt does exactly that.
We do a lot of jeep camping, tent camping, hammock camping and some backpacking. Weight and size of things is always a consideration. This quilt works great in each of those categories. Pack-ability is excellent and the lightweight material used in construction is perfect. I love the fact that the foot box is sewn and rounded because it gives me plenty of mobility and it is very easy to get the quilt to fit close to my feet if needed.
For me, this quilt is comfortable from about 55-60ish F on down. I have not found my low for this quilt, but I am certain that 25 F is no problem with a mid-weight base layer. Any warmer than 60 is too hot for me in sleeveless shirt and underwear, no socks. At 35 F I am still plenty toasty with only a light base layer and mid weight wool sleep socks. (hammock or tent).
I do use this quilt in conjunction with a synthetic quilt that I made and it is similar to the EE 40 Enigma APEX except that I added a zipper across the foot box midway up to allow for extra ventilation. Layering these two quilts allows me to be very comfortable from about 73 F under the APEX alone, down to probably around 10 F with the APEX over the down. I highly recommend that everyone consider layering their quilts as the EE video shows. I works fantastic and the weight penalty is minimal.
I have only 2 issues with the Enigma Quilt.
1) I feel that the stock quilt is stuffed a little thin. It may well be due to the fact that I got the long/wide. I notice that the down has a tendency to migrate away from my shoulder when I'm asleep. I am normally a side sleeper. I have added 3 oz of 850 Hyperdry down into mine and it made a world of difference. I do not think that the 4 oz overstuff would be a bad idea at all. 2 oz overstuff might be plenty but I know the 4oz will make a very nice quit.
2) Okay, admittedly, I have OCD. Not just pretend OCD, but the real thing. That darn draw string around the top of the quilt drove me up the wall especially . I like having the top of the quilt drawn down some so it fits my shoulders better. I removed my drawstring (and that damn string stopper! : ) , and pulled a piece of elastic through the cord channel. I then tacked the elastic down on each end of the channel and made sure it was a bit shorter than the full width of the top. The top of the quilt now nuzzles down around my shoulders perfectly.
All in all, I can't say enough good things about this quilt. I highly recommend it and I suggest you consider having it overstuffed at least 2 oz.
Thank you Enlightened Equipment for making such a great piece of gear!
I own quilts from a few different cottage companies. This is the only quilt I've had that the seams are coming apart. I'm gentle on my gear and this is the only one I've had this problem with. Two baffles are slowly becoming one. I have about 7 nights under this quilt. Not confident in my particular quilt for long term durability.
It's unfortunate because the quilt is made with quality materials. The stitching seems to be not as dependable as the others though. I like the customization of it.
I will continue to use the quilt but will go elsewhere for my next one.
TL;DR: Great product. Worth every penny. Do check out the sizing tables and instructions before ordering.
So, not gonna lie. I wanted to hate my Enigma when it arrived. Here's a brief rundown of the quilt and I before I get to that though.
Me: 6'2'' (74"), 53" girth, 230lb, warm sleeper
Quilt: Enigma 850fp 0deg 78"L (long) by 64"W (X-Wide) 32.x ounces
Sleeping pad: Big Agnes Hinman (wide/long) R-value 5.5
Anyways, back to the hate, I had just parted with 375 of my closest friends, and waited a couple weeks. Upon getting the package containing this anticipated gift to myself, I scurried up to my apartment and yanked the puffy mass out of its packaging. I got to measuring width and length. Width matched up with my order, but the length came in around 72.5. I crawled under it, it seemed long enough, but I was furious thinking I paid this much to get shorted (pun intended). After a brief stint with customer service (you guys were great), I was educated that the seam length was actually 78", but once the fill aerates, the length shrinks a little bit.
On the fence as to wether or not I wanted to keep or exchange the quilt, I made an impromptu trip up to a local spot so I could test it out. It's been a warm winter in AZ, but it was forecasted to get down to 17F at my chosen spot, the coolest foreseeable evening until next winter.
Fast forward to go-time. I ran the quilt on top of my sleeping pad without using the pad straps. I got under the quilt with an ambient temp of approximately 40 after sitting under the stars without a fire. First thing I noticed was the heat. It quick, and glorious. There was little warm up time. Next was the comfort of the material. It was a good tactile feeling, soft, but not suffocating. I fell asleep easily. As the temperature dropped, I stayed comfortable and warm. I am a fidgety sleeper (moving frequently from back to side/fetal, and to stomach sleeping) and the quilt didn't draft unless I wanted it to, and even when it did, there were no worries about "getting warm again". I woke up in 15 degree weather, a slight frost near my mouth on the quilt (which shook right off the 10D silny material). I was cozy and happy. Not once did I think the quilt was too short.
After that one night, I am ecstatic to own this product and will happily recommend this product to anyone that cares to listen.
- Great material feel
- Excellent warmth
- Excellent design (see CONs, I have some nit-picky critiques).
- Pad strap/stretch strap buckles are great. You can't feel them even when you're sleeping on them, and they come apart at a given test weight so as to prevent rip/tears.
- The snaps near the mouth concern me regarding rips/tears. I didn't feel them while sleeping, but if I stretched or fidgeted in a way that stressed them, based on their orientation to the direction of tension, I wouldn't be surprised if a rip occurred.
Suggested Solution: Use 1 or 2 more of the flat buckles
- The flat buckles are not serviceable
- The drawstring is static line, and is not serviceable
Suggested Solution: Use a static anchor (maybe 3-5 inches) spliced to shock cord
My Christmas present to myself was a new sleeping bag. I love the light weight and warmth of the Enigma. The zipperless style is a little different when I first tried it, but I love how it keeps me wrapped in warmth. I haven’t had a problem at all entering or exiting the bag. The quality of the construction is top notch. When I sleep well, I hike better, especially with less weight on my back.
so far so good. thin and light.
so far seems warm
I own a 10 deg revelation already. That was my first bag from Enlightened. Fantastic product.
I do not find myself using the "convert" features as much as I thought, so when I went to order my summer bag (30) I decided to go with the Enigma. Worked out perfect. I love the sewn in foot box and the weight to warmth to cost ratio of this bag is basically unparalleled to any other producer. Quality is top notch. Down is top notch.
This bag has seem 200+ miles and 18 nights on the trail with me so far. This thing is my 3 season go to now. Reminds me of my old golite quilt that was a dream.
I've owned dozens of bags from Big Agnes, REI, Western Mountaineering, Montbel, and Sierra Designs. These bags are as good or better than anything those guys make... but I feel you get the best value (total package) from Enlightened.
I do not work in the backpacking industry.. I am not a gear tester.. I am just a hiker who had an awesome experience with this product and wanted to leave these guys a stellar review for making a just damn fine bag.
Cheers and happy trails
Haveń t used it until now but it seems very well manufactured and it was sent quick overseas to Germany.
Love! First 2 trips temps dropped below freezing. I wore long sleeve top, wool socks & shorts. Toasty all night. Super light. I like to go out 6-10 days so I am so happy with the weight, packablility and warmth. Thanks EE!
I received the quilt about 3 weeks after ordering it. It's rated to -17c with the 850 down. I can't believe it's lighter, warmer, and cheaper than my previous sleeping bag, win win win! So far I've only tested it once on a -12c night and stayed comfortably warm. Great quilt, can't wait to get out there on my next trip. Thanks EE!
Exactly what I needed - a sleeping bag in really good quality! Thank you!
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 :)
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!
This is the second item I have purchased from Enlightened Equipment, the first being down under quilts for both my wife and I. I was hesitant to buy the under quilts because I didn't want to spend that much money; but the craftsmanship, quality, and attention to detail are second to none. After seeing the quality of the under quilts, it was very easy to say yes to the Enigma Top Quilt! Their website is amazing, their sizing accurate, and also the weights are very accurate. Yes, the price matches the quality, but this gear will last me a lifetime if I take care of it. Overall, making my cost of ownership much less than anything I have looked at.
I will certainly be purchasing another top quilt over the winter for my wife.
Thank you to Enlightened Equipment for your innovation and what you do!
I just returned from a 7-day backpack in the Sierra Nevada, and used my 10F-rated Enigma quilt-bag for the first time. On previous backpacks I've used either a standard mummy-style synthetic 20F bag or an older 20F down bag. It is 28 ounces lighter than those bags and sets-up easily (thanks for the EE video clip that shows how to set-up and adjust the quilt). Overall, the Enigma was a success, with some issues to be worked out:
The nighttime temperatures ranged from low 40s to 19F. I have a single-wall tent that can be a bit "breezy" and we had some night winds, so the wind chill was below 19F. At the higher night temperatures (30-40s), the bag was fine though I had to sleep in a poly t-shirt and smartwool long underwear because bare legs on the mat feel odd (for now?). At the lowest temperatures, I had to add a second top (smartwool longsleeve t-shirt) and neck gaiter and cap. Even so, the quilt, with the clip system adjusted to minimize "leakage" and the neck drawstring fully drawn, still lets some cold air in when I rotate from side-to-back-to -side (and repeat all night). Also, where one's body doesn't directly cover the mat, the mat can lose heat, so returning to that part of the mat takes some body warmth.
It will take a few more trips to figure out the best clothing and bag adjustments to make sleeping fully comfortable.
I just used my Enigma for the first time in challenging conditions - a four-day trek in the Grand Canyon, and it was outstanding. The difficulty there is the variety of nighttime conditions, from a low of 37 at the rim to 68 in the Canyon. My 20 degree Enigma handled both well. The design allowed me to let air in when it was hot and bundle up when it was cold. I'm looking forward to using it for a long time as my main "bag."
I have owned my Enigma quilt for 2 years now, and it has impressed me every single time I use it! (And I use it a lot!) I originally bought it for a Grand Canyon trip, and I bought it mainly because the price and ultra-light nature of the quilt. It did amazing on that trip, where I saw temperatures down into the low 30s (I have a 20 degree quilt), and even slept outside on several occasions and had no problems staying warm! The DownTek down is amazing, and stay lofted even when it gets a little damp. I have used this bag a lot for kayaking expeditions and I don't think there is a better bag out there. Pack size is key when going on over night kayaking trips because if it doesn't fit in a dry bag in your kayak, it's not coming with you. I love my Enigma because it barely takes up and space at all in my dry bags! I can stuff it into the end of my bag where nothing else fits and it compresses to take up almost no space! Thank you guys for making such an incredible, light-weight and affordable sleeping bag! I will certainly be buying more bags from you guys and recommend you to all my friends!
Love this Enigma 20 degree 850 fill quilt I bought. Super lightweight and packs down pretty small. Love the pad locking system thats built into it as well, pretty genius idea. Taking it on the AT in two weeks on a week hike and expecting temps to be in mid 30s to low 40s, have no worries that this quilt to be nothing but superb. I have to admit at first I was pretty hesitant on buying a quilt and this price but after recieving it in the mail and giving it a good look over and feel, I definately made the right choice and would buy a second which will be happening in the near future for my wife. I've been eyeballing those down foot socks too. Thank you Enlightened Equipment for your quality perfection.
Most other sleeping bags I've used have always been wet from condensation in the morning. Not my enigma, it's always bone dry even when humid out.
Nice and warm every single night, compresses and bounces back without issue every night.
I bought this for a 12 day hike in the Adirondacks in the fall and it did NOT dissapoint! I can easily say this is the best piece of gear I own. I put it in a 10L waterproof compression sack with side straps and stored my sleep clothes/socks/down puffy in there. All that stuff compressed down to about 10 × 6 and the quilt itself compresses down to smaller than football.
The coldest temps I used it in was about 30 degrees. I got the 10 degree wide/short version so it was more than enough warmth and I was toasty all night - every night. Admittedly I sleep VERY cold so I wasn't even sure a 10 degree quilt would keep me warm at 30 degrees. But it did! (I have a 30 degree rated synthentic bag that feels chilly at 45.) I slept in a regular acrylic winter hat and was fine. I was using a pad with synthetic insulation and an R value of 4.9 and I was never ever cold. I also used the top strap under the pad so there were no spots that were drafty. And the 20D nylon was fine both in leantos and on my tent floor. I woke up dry every morning even when I was camping in places where condensation and morning fog were heavy in the air. (If you know the Adirondacks you know how water can pack in off the lakes in the morning when you aren't above treeline.)
The best part was the 20 oz. weight. My previous shoulder season bag was more than 2 lbs heavier than the Enigma. When you have to make 15-20 miles per day, dropping that weight is a HUGE help.
Thank you so much for the incredible piece of gear.
I'm in love with quilts after using my new Enigma. I'm a big guy (6'6" 350#) and mummy bags always made me feel like I was in a straight jacket. I got the Xlong/xWide Engima and it covers me completely with enough extra room I probably could have just gone with a long. The sewn foot box is great since and the build materials and stitching is top notch.
I absolutely love the new Enigma quilt. The stitching and workmanship on this quilt is Top Shelf. It is comfy, easy to get in and out of, and is so light I swear you filled it with helium.
I thought I needed a lightweight Late Spring/Summer/Early Fall sleeping bag since my lightest bag was a 20 degree bag that came in at just under 2 pounds. I was intrigued by a video Bigfoot posted and decided to give you and quilts a shot. I am Most Pleased I did so.
Your quilt saved me over a pound of base weight, and now I am below 10 pounds. Keep up the good work. We will be doing more business in the future I am sure.
I didn't think I was a quilt type of a girl, but the Enigma has been a game changer. I get cold easily, am normally bundled in layers of clothes, and zipped from toe to head in a -15 degree sleeping bag on backpacking trips. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the Enigma more than kept me warm on backpacking trips to the Beartooth Mountains of Montana and the Wind River Range of Wyoming. Paired with the Sidekick booties, I have had many toasty nights in the backcountry. The Enigma is so much lighter than the sleeping bag I usually carry, as well. It's also nice to easily wrap around my shoulders while I drink my morning coffee.
Overall I'm very pleased with this product. The pad strap does not work well with my wide Big Agnes Q-Core SLX. I figured this would be the case since the pad is 25" wide and 3" thick so I'm not too disappointed. I instead opt for using the elastic strap provided and it works well. I purchased a 20 degree quilt and have so far taken it down into the low 30's. It kept me plenty warm at this temp and worked well with keeping out cold air. I'm confident that with the right baselayer, I could take this quilt down to the low 20s. I'm 6'1" and I opted not to buy the tall version to save weight. The regular version works perfect at my height and does not feel cramped. This quilt weighs less than half the weight of my previous Marmot 15 degree Helium bag, which is by no means a heavy bag. The stuff sack provided is slightly oversized, which I prefer as it's easier to stuff the quilt and it also allows the quilt to loft up quicker. However, you could certainly make this thing tiny with a compression sack if more space is needed. The construction of the quilt is high quality throughout. I opted for the 10d material entirely. I've always taken care not to get my down bags wet, so I felt the extra protection from the 20d material was not necessary for me. The 10d is definitely light and thin, but with proper care, you should be able to avoid damaging it. I would highly recommend this product to anyone looking to lighten their load, or to anyone not looking to spend and arm and a leg on a quality down sleep system.
This bag is fantastic for everything from car camping to backpacking. I love it! Its exactly everything i've ever wanted in a bag. I think you could even purchase a smaller stuff sack for it. Its so light and cozy! I got the 0 degree rating and its perfect for Alaska. I leave it open on warm nights and tighten it up on the chilly ones. The only downside was that it smelled like take out chinese food when it came, but that was only bad because we dont have any take out where i live and it made me jealous! I could not recommend this bag more for anyone who wants a lightweight bag with tons of warmth and space.
Been eyeing a quilt for at least 4 years now. Finally pulled the trigger on the EE quilt and was able to put to use for the first time this past week on the Lost Coast of NorCal. Really couldn't be happier with the quilt. By far the most comfortable night of sleep I've had backpacking in several years, and brought a smile to my face every time I thought of the pounds of weight I shaved from my pack in the process.
Man these are pretty and super functional!!! These are super light weight and warm and like pieces of artwork!!! Using mine on the JMT - real happy. Got the nice box toe design - more foot room - great idea !!! My feet are happy
I moved from a bag to a quit because 95% of the time I was unzipping my bag and laying it over me like a quilt. Even as it got colder during the night, I'd just tuck the sides of the bag under me rather than waking up and zipping. So, with the Enigma, I'm no longer packing a zipper that I don't use. What pleasantly surprised me was the quality of this product. Well constructed of materials that are incredibly comfortable and light. The price point may be why you choose EE, but the quality is excellent at any price. Highly recommended!
Just got to use the quilt 950 20 degree worked great, been using an 20 degree rei sub kilo for years this was a great upgrade. Fits nicely inside my packraft.
Got this 20 degree quilt because summer bag was not enough for higher altitudes in Sierras. This quilt worked really well -- warm enough for > 10K feet but not too hot for lower altitudes. Light weight and a nice addition to my gear collection.
I love this sleeping bag! I ordered the Enigma 2017 with 950 down and 20 degrees. 16.83 ounces is sooo incredible light and it is comfy and keeps me warm! It was totally worth it to wait weeks until it arrived! Thanks to the team! =)
I received the 20 degree enigma for my birthday in June. It is the regular, extrawide version. I've used the quilt twice since receiving it. Once on a weeklong kayak trip, where I had it as part of my one-link hammock system, and once on a four-day backpacking trip. It kept me warm and comfortable on both occasions. I especially like the amount of maneuvering room you get with the extra wide quilt. My sleeping bag seems so restricting when compared to my enigma. I see myself using the enigma as my primary piece of my sleeping System from now on. Who knows, maybe my son will inherit my down sleeping bag.
I have now used my Enigma 950DT, 5-degree Celcius bag on four backpacking trips and I cannot say enough about how impressed I am. On each outing, I have slept incredibly well as the quilt is not restrictive and makes me feel like I am in my bed at home. Its temperature rating seems conservative as the outside air went down to 4 degrees Celcius and I was still comfortable.
I was nervous about how delicate it may be, but it has been a robust bag that has greatly outperformed my expectations. It is of high-quality workmanship as none of the down has escaped the quilt.
The bag is incredibly lofty but I can compress it to fit in a 2 litre drybag with no difficulty. At 386g, it is also so light that I have used its size and weight as an impetus to review all of my backpacking gear decisions; as such, I have moved to a 20-litre pack for trips of 3-4 days.
Being that I am from Canada, I will purchase a -6 degree Celcius bag soon so that I can sleep comfortably well into the shoulder seasons.
Thanks for reading!
Got the long 20°F version (I'm 6'1" tall), it's so lightweight compared to any sleeping bag I owned before, like barely 450g, and is so easy to pack and so tiny once compressed.
It's extremely comfortable, I have enough space to roll around and not feel tight, I've never been cold with it, I used it at about 30°F and was nearly too warm so I didn't close it entirely.
Would definitely recommend for someone who's willing to put that price to have lightweight and small quality gear.
I have two Enigmas--a custom 10d reg/wide and an off-the-shelf 30d short/reg. Each is just precisely what I need for its purpose, with nothing extraneous to take up space or add weight. They seem delicate, but I have yet to injure one. Never been cozier in a bag.
I had been preparing for a hike on the Appalachian Trail for a few months and heard from a few people that I needed to check out this small company that makes quilts. I finally came here and was amazed by the custom options! I ordered a 40 degree bag with the 950 down fill. It came in at only 11.8 oz! In a compression sack it is about the size of a softball allowing for more room in my pack. It has been my favorite part of my shelter (Big Agnes Copper Spur UL HV2). I use it with a Nemo Tensor 20R pad and the Sea to Summit Reactor CompactPlus when it is cold out. I saved space and weight with this combo and would not change it. Thanks for a killer bag that's not a bag guys!
Super light weight for backpacking, and cost effective compared to traditional bags. I am fully sold on the Quilt idea. Use it also in my roof top tent, cuz it's so cuddly !
So comfortable, so light feels like im floating when in this thing. I recomend this to all who want to metamorph and be a butterfly..
I would also recommend this to a bear at hibernation during cold winter nights, no frost bites. Ofcourse highly recommend this to people who spend a lot of time searching for the right quilt for them. This is it!
I've been cycling through the Pacific north west for the last month and have loved the Enigma. It's light and very compactable. Fits in a small bag with my pad and shelter. I'm warm every night. Never going back to bags!
I have only spent 3 nights in my quilt at this time. All three nights temperatures were in the 30s. I sleep cold and I feel this quilt will do everything I need it too with my NeoAir XTherm. I am a side sleeper so my knees are always bent. At 5'10" the regular length is great for me. I believe you need at least a wide to ensure no drafts throughout the night. This will be a great replacement for my mummy with the weight savings and no compromise in comfort.
To say I'm happy would be an understatement. I've been looking for a better way to sleep on my backpacking adventures for a few years now. As a big guy I do not fit well into mummy type bags and always end up unzipping them and pulling them on top of me. After doing my research I decide to go with the Enigma. I just spent my first night with it out in the bush, and it was everything I had hoped for. I was comfortable, warm and slept better than I ever have. Very Happy with this purchase.
I have always hated mummy bags! Necessary, yes, for cold backpacking, but I always found them ridiculously narrow and uncomfortable, even the "wide" ones. I put up with them for 30 years, but a frozen shoulder condition finally put me over the edge - I NEEDED something wider. So for Christmas I splurged on an extra-wide 20 degree Enigma. Instant convert! Quilts are awesome! My first night out (in February) froze and I had the most comfortable night camping I've ever had - totally cozy despite the fact that this bag weighs almost nothing. I'm a fan!
The build quality of this quilt is superb! I have traditional down bags that I have used for years and typically end up using them as a quilt just for the extra wiggle room. The strap/clip system alleviates the drafts that would occur with my other bags and the weight savings... oooooh the weight savings :) The fact that these quilts are so customize-able was a huge factor in my purchase. I am a side sleeper and ordered a wide/reg sized bag for the extra coverage. I notice they have changed the construction of the foot box. I have the previous version and love that there is room to wiggle my restless feet around. If there is too much air to warm up in the cooler climates, I can stuff my extra clothes or puffy in there and still be comfortable. The down lofts up nicely after being stuffed at the bottom of my bag, which I cannot say about my previous down bags. I really like the design of the baffles. Running them length wise prevents the down from shifting from the top of you to your sides and you are able to shift the down to the part of your body that tends to run cooler while you sleep. Amazing and perfect! Thanks EE :)
I bought this 30 deg. quilt about 8 months ago, so this review's long overdue. I wanted to thoroughly test it out so I could accurately rate it.
I'll just start by saying that this is by far my favorite item in my backpack. The value you get from one of these, for the price, is absolutely incredible (compared to some other quilt manufacturers) - which is why I'll keep coming back to Enlightened Equipment for all my future quilts. You simply can't find a better deal for a high quality quilt anywhere else.
The baffle design keeps the insulation right where you need it and the temperature rating is spot on (unlike with most sleeping bags, which tend to fall way short of their stated temp ratings). I should mention that the sleeping pad you use is just as important as your bag ( I'm using the NeoAir Xtherm ).
I haven't had one single problem with anything so far - you can tell these are built to last, as long as you take care of them.
I'm 6ft .5in tall (to be exact) and the regular length / wide width fits me perfectly. If you only sleep on your back & don't really toss & turn, you can probably get away with the regular width. I'd say the max height for the regular length would be 6'1" -- even that's pushing it. Any taller and I'd definitely recommend the longer length option. Another tip I have is to bring a dedicated pair of silk (or other thin material) pants & long sleeve shirt just for sleeping in. It'll keep the dirt/oil on your skin from dirtying the insulation & reducing the temp rating .
So if you're on the fence about going with one of these quilts - go ahead and jump -- you won't find a better deal anywhere else & these quilts keep you just as warm as sleeping bags (especially if you use the included straps).
I really hope these guys' company does well [ & that they're able to continue offering their lower prices ;-) ]. I'll definitely be getting my next (winter) quilt from E.E.
The Enigma 10 degreee 850 down quilt I s really great.
Best damn thing I probably will ever have purchased in my life. If your buy one you will never go back to a mummy bag ever. It's just like sleeping at home only better because your not at home. Worth every penny and ounce
Excellent product if it falls into your specific use category. Well made, warm.
Takes a bit of time to get product; but if you plan for time-it is worth it
I took this on a Fall trip to the Smokey mountains. It did great on the cool nights. I was initially worried about it not having full body coverage, like my mummy bag, but pairing it with a warm Exped mat I was plenty warm and comfy. I can't wait for my next trip. Thanks!
I'm 6'4" . I bought last year a 20° Long Wide Enigma sleeping bag filled in 900cuin. Its great filled, warm but a little bit to long and to wide for me. I close the sleeping bag around my neck. I tested it last year on a hike across the Alps during the summer.
So I decide to buy a 30° in regular size. Despite the new size, which fits me very well, I had problem with down distribution and area without down when I moved in the night with this new one, that made cold points. The mesured weight of this sleeping bag is the same as describe on enlightened equipment's web site.
That's a pity. If this 30° Sleeping bag could be filled with just one more oz down, that would be a great sleeping bag
I'm 5'10" medium/slim built. I had purchased the 10deg F regular length/width and it fits just fine. This is a change from my mummy sleeping bag and I see that it definitely requires more getting used to specially setting up the straps just right to keep warm and comfortable. I haven't had the opportunity to use it in weather < 32F yet, but I'm hoping it will do the job just fine. I'll update my review once I have experience it. I have used it for warmer weather and the bag is light weight 19.84ounces and packs snug in my backpack. I originally received the sleeping bag with a broken strap buckle, but EE was quick to send one to me once I had communicated the issue. Great sleeping bag so far.
I'm using my 0 Enigma (regular length, wide version) as part of my winter hammock gear. I own 2 Revelations (20 & 40 degree) and this is my first sewn footbox. It's great having the extra space for the feet plus the extra width really lets me tuck in the TQ around my shoulders. EE is my go-to place for quilts!
Just got my long awaited Enigma after a long wait (totally worth the wait). Haven´t got to try it out yet other than inside my apartment, but it really seems amazing. Ordered the regular length and wide version ( I am 177cm and 80kg) and I am really amazed that i can actually use it as a sleeping bag and still have lots of space inside to move. Cant wait to try it in the winter, I ordered the 0 degree and I think its gonna work that cold :)
I bought a 30 degree Enigma bag with the 950 down. I used this bag on a 50 degree night and I was freezing. I run warm so i was very surprised to be so cold in my 30 degree bag. When I received it, it seemed under stuffed and now that I have used it I believe that it is. This bag is overpriced and under delivers.
I do not recommend this product. For the price you can get a better bag that is just as light.
I've been using a quilt for several years during the warmer months but wanted to switch from a mummy bag for winter also. After reading lots of reviews I decided on EE....I used the 20* enigma on a late September collegiate loop hike in Colorado. I stayed warm to the upper 20's but got lil chilly when temps dropped lower. I sleep cold so I'm not surprised. Im very pleased with this purchase as I saved nearly one lb from my 15* Marmot helium bag.
I can't rave enough about this product. I was a little weary of the quilt design, but combined with a good mat (I use an inflatable ultra lightweight in combination with the Thermarest Z lite) I sleep like a baby in weather ranging from hot summer nights to below-freezing summits. The genius of the quilt design is how easy it is to adjust your body temperature. In warmer weather sleep with it open face up and simply open up the top portion. On colder weather, I reverse it and use the strap system around my inflatable mat to keep it secure it. I really like the two strap system as it keeps my quilt securely in place around my mat throughout the night. I toss and turn from back to side and this quilt stays in place. The construction is incredible for the price too. It is also extremely packable. I stuff it into a sea to summit compressing water proof sack and it fits perfectly at the bottom of my pack along side of clothing stuff sack. A major plus is the fact it comes with a larger storage sack you use during non use, and a water resistant sack during trips.
The only downside is the fact you have to wait weeks to receive it. Mine took about 8 weeks. But this wasn't a big deal for me. Considering the build quality, price, weight, and design I'd say that the wait time is a no brainer. I also use a silk sack as a liner for comfort and to keep my quilt clean longer. If you're at all on the fence about customizing your own quilt just do it. You will not be disappointed!!!!
I wold only Make one small change.
Make both straps able to be altered.
I own multiple bags and quilts from other speciality/cottage companies (Feather Friends, Katabatic, etc.) and have used my Enigma for a full hiking season now including on the Sierra High Route. It has become part of my go to sleep system. While my #1 priority is performance (warmth to weight), both the quality of construction and customer service of EE are great. Its a 30F, but I have taken it with base layers, down vest and balaclava into the 20s and slept well. I'm a active side sleep and got a wide, and have had no issues with it being "Drafty."
I am impressed with both the quality of this product, as well as the stellar customer service. In the past I have been weary of quilts, but really have not slept well in the typical mummy bag design. I typically am a side and stomach sleeper. I was drawn to the idea of being able to sleep in my typical position.
I live in Alaska and have taken this bag on two extended trips (5 and 9 days). While those trips were in high alpine, they did not reach the bag rating. I did however stay cozy warm. I originally noticed some air drafts, but changed how I strapped the bag on to my pad and have not noticed any drafting since.
Overall I would highly recommend EE quilts.
Perfect for a PCT section hike. It doesn't weigh much or take up too much space.
This was my first experience using a quilt and I could not be happier to have made the switch from a mummy bag. It was like sleeping in a miniature bed instead of a bag. I took it on the John Muir Trail and was warm an comfortable every night. Quality was great and customer service fantastic!
Couldn't be happier with my quilt. Delivered within the time stated and is flawless. Great price, well thought out design, amazingly light, comfortable and easy to use. Can't be beat! Truly a super product.
After a few test runs I'm taking mine BIKEpacking on the Colorado Trail next week.
Simply the best ultralight bag for the money. Just plan in advance for custom orders. The materials and construction are flawless. I am very happy with my purchase.
Used my Enigma for the first time on a 35 mile hike in the Grand Canyon. Super lite and comfy. Thank you very much to the Enlightened Equipment crew for making sure I had my new quilt before I left to the Canyon. Looking forward to using my new Enigma quilt for many more backpacking trips.
Just back from a 5 night trip with the quilt. It's well made, and super light. Mine was 18.75 ounces.
The only tick against it is the temperature rating. Granted I'm a cold sleeper, but I had to wear a couple layers to stay warm on two nights that were 25°. That was in a tent, with an air mattress.
I definitely would buy again.
I bought the 30F version, with 750 duck down (reg length, reg width) in 2014. I'm 6' tall, 185lbs. This is my first quilt, and it's a wonderful product. I'm amazed that it is as warm as it is, when it is so light. It doesn't seem like there is a lot of down in there, but it seems to do the job. I haven't had it in temp less than 10C, so I'm looking forward to using it in cooler temps. But I don't anticipate any issues.
Product just doesn't do what it is supposed to do. Trip to the AT in Georgia. April nights that never got below 45 degrees but I had to wear my down jacket and long underwear plus socks and hat in order to stay warm in my new 20 degree bag.
When I called to complain I got zero satisfaction from the "customer service" representative. Poor way to do business.
*Note From EE* Unfortunately the reason we were unable to return/exchange the quilt for the customer was because the customer had damaged the quilt while using it. We did offer to repair the product with the only cost being shipping to the shop but the customer declined.
Went camping last week for the first time with my new Enigma quilt. At 6'4" tall and 230 pounds, I opted for the 20 Degree long length but regular width. I woke up sweating one night when it was in the low 40's. The size is perfect for me. Since I am a dedicated hammock camper, I am saving up for an under quilt, and will definitely be buying it from Enlightened Equipment.
I would absolutely recommend this again. The 6 - 10 week lead time is a bit difficult to wait, but in the end it was worth it. I will be buying an underquilt soon.
I have a lot of dreams for this quilt. I work in the desert of Utah, doing wilderness therapy & backpacking with kids 8 days at a time. The Enigma 0`F has been my go to bag since October. I've been comfortable with a NeoAir XTherm & a bivy to -15`F. Then I got a Revelation 30`F to layer with it for temps in the -20`'s .
The Enigma will be my shoulder season bag, and get used/abused/beat up & carried throughout the desert for weeks at a time for work.
Finally, next year it will through hike 900 miles of the AT NOBO, at least until I hit my folks home in VA & switch to Revelation 30`F.
I love EE's equipment because it's so well made that I can expect to get a ton of years and use out of the Enigma. It was worth custom ordering to get the combination of sizes, downtek, and colors I wanted. The turn around time was well worth the wait.
I came to a quilt having become dissatisfied with my Mountain Equipment Xero 350. This is rated as having a Comfort Zone of +20C to -5C, being "happiest" at maybe +5C, although it is all very subjective. I've slept in it at -12C and I was cold, although I have been chilled at around freezing point at other times. Consequently, I've considered myself to be a "cold sleeper".
I looked online at warmer rated down bags and was shocked at the high price and weight so did nothing. Looking online at various American hikers' blogs, I came across a number of recommendations of quilts made by Enlightened Equipment. All seemed to be very favourable. I therefore took the plunge. The quilt I ordered was the Enigma. There a number of options. I opted for water repellant down (in case it gets damp), regular length and width, and rated down to -12C. I chose forest green on the outside and red on the inside (for extra warmth!). The waiting time was going to be several weeks. During that time, I fussed over whether it was going to be warm enough. I emailed EE about this, saying that I'm a cold sleeper. They advised upgrading to -17C for another $15, which I paid online. This proved to have been a good decision.
The quilt duly arrived. The fabrics used are very light and seem quite delicate so some care will be needed in use. It comes with a large nylon sack for storage and a silnylon stuffsack. The two elasticated straps go round and underneath my sleeping pad to keep the quilt in place, although use of these is optional. They work very well, although the buckles are a bit fiddly. I had expected the quilt to let drafts in, particularly when turning over but this has not been the case. There are also two narrow straps at the head end which, when passed behind the neck, connect together with a press stud. There is also a draw cord to secure it around the neck to keep the warmth in.
The foot box of the quilt is good. I slip my feet into it and there they stay. I tend to wear long johns and a top of some sort in the colder months at night. I also wear warm socks although these may prove to be unnecessary now. So far, I've been very impressed with the quilt in use and have slept well through some quite chilly nights. After all these years, I may have cracked my cold sleeping problem.
The quilt compresses well for carrying in a pack and lofts up very quickly for use and storage. It appears to be very well made and, as evidence of how pleased I am with it, I ordered another Enigma, much lighter, one for summer use. It is rated to +10C and weighs about 300 grams. I love EE quilts! I think they can expect to receive more orders from the UK as I’ve reviewed the Enigma for the UK Backpackers Club.
I used the Enigma zero degree quilt on a recent winter backpacking trip. I have the regular/regular size and am a petite (5'4", 105 lb) woman. I was able to put my Salewa snow shoe boots and all my clothes in my bag at night to keep them warm. I used the Exped down mat and therma rest closed cell foam pad to sleep on. I sleep mostly on my side wearing a Sierra Designs Down Hoody plus the EE Hoodlum. I stayed warm and comfortable despite the cold and wet temps. I compressed the bag into a rolltop drybag and it fit into my Deuter 35+ pack with most of my gear inside (some packed in my sled). I highly recommend this quilt.
I bought a 20 degree quilt for use this summer for a 2 week backpacking/ peak bagging trip. We spent many nights above tree line (11,500 feet or so) and loved this product. It is amazingly small when compressed and made a huge weight difference in my backpacking set up. The quality is great, and the customer service was awesome.
cons: I don't know that the temp rating was quite right. I am a warm sleeper and in my traditional 20 degree bag I have to unzip it and use it as a quilt or I'm far to hot most nights. With this quilt I found myself in a down jacket, socks, and a hat to sleep warm on our 20 degree nights.
Overall- well worth the money, and a great deal for a USA product.
I've used my 10 degree 850 down Enigma a few times now and I could not be more impressed. I use it with my Eno hammock, and have slept in luxury. The quality is amazing, the temperature is great (I actually probably should have got the 20 degree, as I sleep warm anyways). I haven't taken this in the snow yet, but will be soon.
Thanks for an amazing, warm, dry, compressible, and light sleeping product!
I am 6'4", 200 lbs. I bought the Long length, regular width quilt. The quilt is long enough that if I wanted I could pull the quilt completely over my head. Since I don't like to get my breath vapor on the inside of the quilt I could probably have got by with the regular length but having the option may prove to be welcome sometime.
I have only used the TQ down to 30* so far (4 or 5 times) but had no cold issues at all. I expect it to easily make it to its rated temp. That is with T-shirt and underwear. I started with socks but had to remove them during the night.
I shift from one side and then to the other a lot during the night and the quilt drapes closely around my body as soon as I settle in. That is a problem I had with a different brand I had - it did not drape well and left a lot of open air between my body and the quilt that had to be warmed. I think the length-wise baffle design of the Enigma helps it to drape better.
Also, I have had no problems with the down shifting. I think the baffle design also helps in that regard.
The snaps work, the neck drawstring works, I have played around with the pad straps (included - a nice plus) and they seem like a good design that will be useful if I ever have to sleep on the ground (using a hammock currently)
And - no wet feather smell and, so far, no down finding its way thru the fabric. The website is easy to navigate, packed with info, and the color samples are true to the actual fabric colors I received.
I highly recommend this quilt maker.
Was a bit skeptical to shell out the cash after a few years of discount sleeping bags, but after getting back from an overnighter with temps in the low 30s I'm glad I made the investment.
Super compact and light, when I took it out of my pack I was a bit concerned because how could something with so little weight keep me warm? But I was warm the whole night through.
I used this quilt for a 11 day section of the Appalachian Trail in March 2015. I stayed warm in outside temps of 30's F (inside temt temp as low as 41F). There is some concern in the literature about taking a down bag out in the damp east, but it was not a problem for me. I kept my quilt in my bag in a trash compactor bag, and it stayed dry even in the few days of rain. If you are concerned, buy a waterproof stuff sack for it, but don't bother with synthetic. Get this bag. You won't regret it. Mine came with a stuff sac, and larger sac to store it in so it isn't compressed, and 2 cords to help anchor quilt to your sleeping pad. Well worth the money.
Absolutely love my enigma top quilt. I got the extra long and extra wide and am glad I did. The extra room allows me to completely snuggle underneath without worrying about any cold air getting in. I've had it down to 29 degrees and was plenty toasty. Highly recommended.
Could not be more pleased with my purchase, took it straight out on a low 30's night and slept warm. LOVE IT. The light weight, handmade in America, and ingenuity
Took this to Colorado for a elk hunting trip , this quilt is the best thing I have bought in years, light weight, lots of room to move around and the pack size is great, very well made, stayed warm every night in it, super cool product, happy I finally found something for a good nights sleep.
Used only once but impressed with the quality, light weight, and it is exactly what I was expecting. Warm, light weight, comfy - durability will have to be determined. NO complaints - just very impressed.
I have nothing but good things to say about this. The only downside to EE is that the lead times are long, so don't order anything you need next week. But if you are willing to wait, you will not be disappointed. I ordered the 30 degree Enigma in long/wide, with the water resistant strips, and the 800 down. It weighed in at 19.9 oz on my scale, which is true to weight. I have had it out only a few nights, so I don't have a full review yet, but I can say this: I know now why my REI "20 degree bag" was only good to 30 degrees, because the Enigma 30 degree is the same amount of loft! I full expect to be good down to 30 based on that comparison. I have not tested the bag in wet conditions. I can say that I had it out in the mid to high 30's several nights and was warm and toasty in a base layer, socks, and thin hat. I am a stomach sleeper and I definitely recommend the wide or it will be drafty. I am 6'1" and the long is perfect, can't get it over my head unless I curl up on my side but it is plenty long. Workmanship is top notch. I don't use the pad straps. The baffle design is great and the down doesn't slide off you like side baffles, nor does it shift like the old open baffle design.
Well thought out design. Very high quality
My first experience with Enlightened Equipment was very good. My order came a week earlier than promised to start with and they were very helpful throughout the order and delivery process.
As far as the performance of the Enigma it was great. I have the 20 degree quilt and it kept me very warm in temp in the mid 30's. I haven't been able to try it in colder temps yet, but based on what I experienced, I am not concerned. The 2 straps work very well to keep the quilt wrapped around you and the sleeping pad to keep out the draft. I also buttoned the top just to see how comfortable that made it and it was fine. Still more wiggle room than a normal bag which is what I was looking for.
Overall I would recommend the quilt system over a sleeping bag.
At 22.5 ounces, the Enigma weighs approximately 10 ounces less than the best, more expensive down sleeping bag that I own. The Enigma compresses down to about the size of a volleyball and thus takes up very little space in my pack. I recently used the quilt on a ten-day backpacking trip to Colorado, and the temperature dropped down below freezing on a couple of nights. I had no problems keeping warm. Just make sure you tuck the sides of the quilt underneath you so you don't feel any cold drafts. The sewn-closed footbox of the Enigma keeps the feet warm, while the unsewn top quilt portion provides the flexibility to cover up as little or as much as I desire. The price of the Enigma is very reasonable, and the quality of the product is excellent.
When ordering the Enigma, there are several options available (e.g., length, width, temperature) to customize the quilt to your exact requirements.
For context, I'm 5' 2" and about 110 pounds. I ordered a short, slim 20-degree quilt with DownTek. As I move around a lot in my sleep, I might get a regular rather than a slim if I had it to do over: but that is a fault in my ordering rather than with the product.
This quilt is well sewn and even though the fabric is very lightweight, it feels like it will last for years. It kept me warm and cozy on a recent 18-night trip in the high Sierra backcountry, and was so light I even carried it on a dayhike the day we base-camped, "just in case." My husband ordered a competitor's product, and he had quilt-envy by the end of our trip.
A few notes on how to get the best out of your quilt: batten down the hatches on cold nights! Tighten those elastic bands around yourself or your sleeping pad. I used an 1/8" Thinlight foam pad from Gossamer Gear (in tandem with a torso-length air mattress), and given my tossing and turning it was ideal for "lining" my quilt and keeping out any cold spots from the bottom.
I was only a little cold on one night, and that was the night we thought it would snow. If I had been wearing my winter-weight long underwear, I would have been fine. The next night (equally cold), I took the contractor's garbage bag I line my pack with and slipped it over my feet and legs on top of the quilt. Toasty warm all night!
I'll keep my 15-degree bag for the coldest of shoulder season sleeping, but otherwise it will stay in my closet and I'll be reaching for my Enigma every time!
I used my new Enigma quilt for a three night grouse hunt in the Ruby Mountains of Nevada a couple weeks ago. It worked perfectly with nighttime temps down to the low 30s one night, and somewhat warmer on the other two. By adjusting the amount and type of clothing I slept in (merino underwear, wool socks, etc) I was able to remain very comfortable, and feel that I would be able to do so in much colder (or warmer) temperatures as well.
Also, this comfort came at a huge weight savings over my old 0 degree down bag.
Finally, I greatly appreciate that my quilt was delivered in plenty of time for my trip even though I ordered it a little bit late. I was assured that it would arrive in time, and it did.
I had kinda back and forth on a new sleeping bag for a while and eventually decided on a quilt, and then on the Enigma wide, 20 degree option with an extra oz of fill and 20D external fabric. Coming from a synthetic bag, It blew my mind how small this thing compacts to. It came with two bags, a large one to store it and a small one for backpacking. The small one is a cinch bag and it's maybe the size of one of those Arrowhead 3-liter jugs of water. I'm sure with compression straps you could get it pretty tiny.
It makes hammock camping so much easier, because now I don't have to worm my way into a sleeping bag. I just stick my feet in the foot well and pull it over me. One feature I've grown to appreciate: at the head end of the quilt there is a snap fastener so you can snap it behind your head and then cinch the head portion closed. It also comes with these elastic straps for fastening the quilt to a ground pad, seems pretty sweet but I have never tried it out.
Since owning this quilt, I have backpacked 3 nights in Yellowstone NP where it snowed, and coupled with an under-quilt I stayed perfectly warm, even took off the socks. I have also Backpacked 2 snowy nights in Silverton, Colorado and stayed nice and toasty, I think the weather said 27F. There has also been a few other trips through the northwest with all smiles.
In conclusion, totally sold on the whole quilt thing and I believe the Enigma has some thoughtful extras that make it a quality product at a more competitive price. If I could order it over again I probably would have gotten the extra wide, for the extra fluff. It would be nice to have a tougher material option for the shell, I got the 20D option for the outside and while there is a noticeable difference between the inside and outside, maybe a 40 or 80 would be a cool idea.
Everything came exactly according to the specs. The build quality was excellent. Enlightened Equipment lived up to their reputation for sure.
Purchased this for a rafting trip and after reviewing other products and came across this, being high quality and reasonably priced. I can attest to both! Finally had a chance to use it and man it was comfortable and light!
First time switching from a sleeping bag to a quilt. I love it and am finally getting full nights sleep. I don't feel as confined as I do in a sleeping bag, and it is incredibly warm!
So far haven't tested this in winter conditions, but it's been the most versatile piece of sleep system gear I've owned yet. Last night in Tuolumne, the temps kept changing. I was able to shift my enigma to fit the temp changes and sleep comfortably the whole night.
I bought the 20 degree, 10 denier, 800 fill, Downtech Enigma. No more zipper wrapped around my body because I tossed and turned during the night. The quilt stays in place and keeps me warm throughout the night. No drafts, which was my biggest concern prior to purchase. High quality materials and construction. Incredibly light. Fantastic price; about half the price of a comparable bag. Good customer service in answering my questions. Have and will continue to recommend the Enigma.
This quilt is by far the best custom quilt available on the market and at a price that is cheaper than most sleeping bags of the same temperature rating. I used the quilt on my recent thru hike of the long trail and it was the perfect 3 season quilt. I can't say enough of how great this quilt is. Thank you EE.
This review is for Enigma 800 DownTek regular/regular.
I have used this quilt on several camping trips to Colorado with straps during colder weather (30F) and without during warmer (50F) weather. I am a female 5'3" 120lbs and sleep cold all night. The Enigma kept my body temperature regulated during colder nights when it was 30 -40 degrees and stayed dry even with all the condensation in the tent. During warmer weather I was able to cover myself half way and was very comfortable.
I wished after using the quilt that I ordered a short instead of a regular length because the quilt keeps shifting down while I sleep ( I toss and turn) and my feet end up in the middle of the foot box and cold. I do like the regular width because that allows me to wrap myself in the quilt and be comfortable. One little detail I noticed with the quilt is that when the humidity is higher the down starts to smell like burnt grains. I have experienced this smell almost every time I used the quilt.
Look forward to future colder trips so that I can use the quilt.
I love how light this thing is. You just cannot find a better quilt that can be customized to suit your needs. The price is well below any other ultralight quilt or bag on the market. You need this quilt.
This is my first quilt. After a couple nights out (nothing down close to the 20* limit, though) i can definitely say that it is hella snug. And it packs down so small and light! Looking forward to the JMT!
I used this sleeping backpacking worked great for both the chilly night in Bryce Canyon as well as the hot nights in Canyonlands. It works so well, my husband is now thinking he needs something similar.
Also - phenomenal customer service!
I'm a short, extremely slim girl who looks hilarious (and vaguely pathetic) carrying any size of serious hiking backpack, so I appreciate the fact that I can find a quality sleeping bag that comes in sizes besides "beefy outdoorsman approaching 6 feet in height."
As a very cold sleeper, my Enigma is the first bag warm enough that I don't have to wear woolen socks or a jacket to sleep. It's light so that I get some extra pounds in my overall weight quota, and it packs down so well that I can easily opt for smaller, lighter backpacks as well.
And just to save you some shopping research (though I guess a true gearhead would do it anyway) -- this is the best price you're going to find for a lightweight, 0-degree down quilt...unless you make one yourself, of course.
Because you'll probably want to find your bag a better stuff sack than what's included, my Enigma (0 degree, short length, slim width) easily fits in a Sea to Summit eVent Compression Dry Sack, size small.
The material, design and craftsmanship is superb. I like a little more room in a bag than the regular size, so I returned it for an extra-wide. I'm 5'8" and 155lbs. I'm looking forward to using the wider bag on a 525 mile trek on the PCT. Jim
This quilt is all they said it would be. Quality workmanship. I have not one negative comment to make. I purchased the regular-regular 30 degree with the 20d shell. I am 5'11, 170 lbs. I am considering giving this bag to my wife and getting a Revelation for more flexibility, in a long-regular so I can cover my head, and without the 20d because it is not necessary.
Off to look at the Revelations... Thank you EE
I did a lot of research before buying this bag, I do not believe all I read. but, i ordered it anyway; it takes 6 to 7 weeks to get one. I used it on an April camp-out and with overnight temps that ranged from 70 deg f to 40 deg f (Oklahoma), I really like this bag. I look forward to using it in the Rockies this summer with it's light weight and warmth.
First- I ordered this quilt to save weight but retain the 20 deg rating as I was doing a 700 mile section of the PCT . I started April 12 and finished May 15. This quilt was warm when I needed it. The mornings when a bit of condensation developed, it dried quickly during even a 15 minute food break. I ordered the wide as I moe around during the night. the GTX fabric, even when moist, still provided insultation. I do not use stuff sacks but merely compress this around my other gear. On the second day, I hiked into 2 other people using this quilt. WOW! lots of thru hikers canno be wrong. They, and I , immediately commented on the family customer service. Personnally, I ordered it a bit late but called and spoke to "I cant remeber his name". But they assured me I would receive it in time. Yes, 1 week to spare. This com,pany and this product performed above and beyond expectations. I preached EE and the Enigma NB on the PCT from Campo to Kennedy Meadows. TXTXTX
First of all let me say that EE's customer service was fantastic. The good folks at EE spent time on the phone answering all my questions so that I could get the right quilts for the wife and I for all of but the coldest of nights for 3 season BP'ing in the North Eastern US. The EE Enigmas are very simple, light weight and made well with care. Offered in their quality duck down they are also a killer bargain. From my research a quality duck down is surely as good as the average goose down without the price paid for marketing hype and availability as long as it is filled balance in comparison to other fill power values..
After testing at home to find its temp limit I found it pretty much as I expected for cold sleepers such as ourselves. The comfort level of the fabrics is great and the fit as recommended from EE was right on. As a self declared gear junky I inspected every inch of the two quilts and was very pleased. The only issue I could find was a stich where a bobbin probably ran out of thread. It was continued with overstitching a couple of stiches and is almost unnoticeable by the naked eye. I don't expect any issues with this in the lifetime of the quilt. Of course you could want for things like a neck baffle or other custom options but the simplicity and value of this quilt along with the very effective vertical baffle design is really a winning combo for those who don't want to sacrifice quality but also don't want to pump a lot of money into a piece of gear that will probably not preform any better in the long run. Thanks EE for lightening my pack and keeping me cozy in the BC and allowing me to hold on to a wad of hard earned cash to spend on other gear.
I just got back from two weeks on the PCT with the Enigma and it was fantastic, probably my single favorite piece of gear. The elastic straps system works beautifully, and I was warm well below freezing (in a 20 degree quilt). It's soft feels great against my skin, although it might be somewhat fragile for the same reason. My bivy sack got condensation pretty bad two of the nights and the quilt got fairly wet, but I didn't feel cold on those nights and putting it out in the sun for 20 minutes dried it right up both times. Truly an amazing innovation in gear.
Unfortunately, mine came with a small error. The draw-string at the head was not attached on one side so there is a string hanging out that gets in the way and I can't cinch it around my neck very well. It definitely mars an otherwise nearly perfect product.
Wanted to get a sleeping system that was less weight than my current down bag. I have not used the quilt yet, but the Enigma I ordered was very well made and very light weight.
There are no zippers or extra features that add weight to the quilt, and I didn't want or need them.
Happy with the product and look forward to testing it out in the mountains soon.
Just got back from a 5 day trip using my new 20° F Enigma. I opted for the standard 800GDD and 10d fabric. The low on the trip was 28°F. and I was toasty warm. This is my first quilt after having used mummy's for years and I was very pleased. The biggest benefit to me was being comfortable in different positions. I move around a lot at night and mostly sleep on my side. With the strap system, I never felt drafty and everything held position well. All in all this is a great value and a great quality quilt.
The quilt I got was a zero degree, and I got the DownTek GDD down with the weather resistant stripes. I've only taken it out twice, but it's rained both times and I didn't feel damp or soggy either morning- a big improvement over other options (my pillow, on the other hand, was less than ideal!).
I'm a 5'5" woman, so I got the short length, regular width bag, and I was able to pull the top over my head, and sleep comfortably on my size. The straps allowed me to toss and turn, which is another improvement over sleeping bags. All in all, very good.
I bought an Enigma and Revelation and both were outstanding. Quality is great, the 10D feels soft against the skin, and the options are unparalleled. But the best part is the value. There is no way I could get my wife into backpacking if I had to spend 400-500 dollars on a bag for her (or if the bag didn't come in pink!).
I'm 6'3 210lbs and have the long/wide. The width is good for side sleeping. The long left more than enough to pull over my head.
I wish I could give honest feedback on the temperature rating on the 20 quilt but I only used it in the low 50's so far.
If you're on the fence, just pull the trigger. The customer service is really great with EE. They responded to all my e-mails very quickly and even helped ensure I would receive the order prior to my planned trip (I procrastinated). I don't have any issues with the quilt but I feel confident that if I did, I would be made right.
I received my quilt a couple weeks ago and just had it out for a night this past weekend. Temps were in the 40s, very windy (25+mph), rain, and I was under a tarp that kept pulling out the stakes and flying away. I definitely had my doubts on whether I would be warm enough, especially with the wind howling straight through the tarp. I got the 20 degree quilt, long, wide version with DownTek and I had no problem staying warm. This thing is unbelievably comfortable and LIGHT! I'm a side/stomach sleeper who flops around all night long and this quilt is so much better than a mummy bag. It's my first experience using a quilt and there is no way I'm going back. My wife and kids want one now too. Worked well even in strong wing with rain landing on the quilt.
Few days after receiving the quilt I went for 4 days in the Grand Canyon South Rim. Cold temperatures, 20-30, up top the first night, much warmer at the River the next couple of days. I am a belly sleeper, have always have trouble with traditional sleeping bags. Slept like I was at home every nite. When I got a little cold, just tucked in the sides of the quilt. The thing I noticed the most was the comfort I felt, usually I perspire into the sleeping bags and feel uncomfortable most of the nite. The Enigma allowed the moisture out and kept the warmth in. Only complaint, I've been backpacking for 50 years now and finally a really comfortable night sleeping, should have come several decades ago.
Very happy with my enigma quilt. Love the sewn in footbox and alot thicker and warmer than expected. Very excited to use it
Did I mention that this quilt is quality? Just to help those who are on the fence as to length and width, as I was, I am 6'2" 205lbs and I got the wide/regular length size. It works. However,it is at its limits as to length. So if you want to pull it over your head, get the long. They are spot on in their description. Thanks for the awesome quilt guys!
I recently picked up this quilt and was amazed at the quality. It's everything I could ask for in a 20F quilt. I've used it once so far at around freezing, and the warmth was great. It lofts up incredibly well, especially compared to some of the factory "lightweight" bags out there.
I want to pick up more EE quilts just because this one is so great!
This 20 degree quilt makes my feet sweat when I sleep with it in the house, just like the 20 degree EMS sleeping bag I also have. The temp rating seems spot on.
I was afraid not having a zipper would be an issue, but it makes the bag a lot more comfortable, and the small snap button near the head keeps the bag together if need be. It's not noticeable under my neck when I sleep on it. The tiny straps will also keep the bag attached to the sleeping pad if you need them.
I'm 5'9" and bought the long length so the bag would fit over my head, and it covers my head entirely without having too much material to spare.
I also thought the vertical baffles would be a bad thing, but I don't notice them at all.
The material is reasonably durable. I'd probably upgrade to the stronger material if I bought another, but I'm extremely happy with this bag. It's so light.
Honestly, I had relatively low expectations about getting a handmade quilt. I had thought that the quality would be good, but nothing spectacular. Boy, was I wrong. This bag has exceeded my expectations in all areas. I ordered a 10° wide bag with 20D material on the outside, and the first thing that I noticed was the weight, or lack-thereof. It is incredibly light, and not only that but it packs down incredibly small. I haven't put it in a compression sack yet but it will easily go down to the size of a volleyball, probably even less. The bag is beautifully finished, you can just tell that each part that goes into it is high quality. I have only used it a couple nights but I love the wide fit, plenty of room for side sleeping and moving around. If you're looking for an ultralight option, I would highly recommend this bag.
EE quilts are well made, well designed and work extremely well for me. I've had my 30* Revelation down to the upper 20's with no problem. I recently received a 10* enigma for colder conditions. I have loved my WM Megalite for the past 9 years but it is now retired. I am a quilt user going forward and EE's products are by far the best bang-for-buck.
I've converted to a quilt from Big Agnes sleeping bag, which is technically a closed shell quilt, after looking to shed some weight. This quilt is incredibly light. I couldn't believe something this light can keep me that warm. I use it with a Thermarest NeoAir X-Lite and together they keep me warm through 20-30 degree nights.
Construction is solid, it's very comfortable to get into and out... Not having to worry about zippers and just unclip a small clasp is incredible.
If you're looking to foray into the world of quilts, this is it, you've found your home. At 10 ounces, my 20 degree enigma is going to be my choice for a long while.
Ordered a reg/wide Enigma quilt recieved it in under 2 weeks. Quicker than quoted! Workmanship is top notch. Havent had a chance to really get out and give it a try yet but I can tell its going to be plenty warm for what I need itbto do! Just comparing it to my 20° feathered friends swallow 20° bag its much warmer I cant stay under it more than a few mins while in the house! I cant wait to put it to use!
When I contacted EE and explained to Peter that I was not able to find a mummy bag comfortable because they are too restrictive, he explained that the move from a mummy bag to a quilt is more of a psychological change. Actually, I think he was wrong....it's been a wonderful, positive physical change for me. I'm a side sleeper and I toss and turn. The EE quilt allows me to sleep in MY style and it keeps me warm. Due to previous frostbite on my toes, my feet get uncomfortably cold. With the EE quilt, I use my base layer and the Sleeping Booties I purchased from you and I stay comfortable. Peter has been incredibly responsive to my questions and knows his products. I listened to his suggestion on the length that I needed. I had my doubts but ordered what he suggested. Of course, Peter was correct, the length was perfect. My husband is now wanting to change from his mummy bag to an EE quilt. GREAT product, GREAT customer service.
Fit: i am 6'3" and an athletic 220 lbs. and a side sleeper. The wide is perfect for me with room for layers if needed. the length is also great and is probably 2-3 inches longer than needed for my height. The footboy is bigger than necessary and i have size 14.5 feet. Even with sleeping booties, it is huge! This is not really a problem, but a smaller footbox would be warmer, albeit less comfy.
My first and only night was in a shelter in the white mountains of NH in early novegebr. 5 inches of fresh snow had fallen up by mount garfield. Temps were 28-31 degrees in the shelter. I was wearing a cap 2 base layer and a arcteryx atom LT hoody up top, and power stretch heavyweight bottoms with a fleece pant over it on my legs. A fleece hat and a EE 0 degree hoodlum were on the head and midweight wool socks and midweight fleece socks were on the feet. Sleeping pad is an xtherm large. I was way overdressed as i wasn't sure if the quilt would be warm down to its limit on its maiden voyage. i was way overdressed! I was on the verge of being too warm and had the quilt loosely draped over me all night. I had to take off my gloves and vent the quilt occasionally, too. I'm sure i could have handled 15 degree temps with the quilt fully sealed up that night. Im impressed so far.
I bought a regular, 10 degree quilt with waterproof down. The weight on arrival was approximately as advertised.
What I like: I found it to be generously sized. I can bend my knees and the quilt still drapes to the floor, and I can pull it completely over my head. I like the way the straps hold the quilt in place on my pad. I can roll on my side without worrying about my back coming uncovered. I poured some water on it and it rolled right off.
What I don't like: I took it on a 100 mile fall hike in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Night time lows ranged between 45 and 25 degrees F. In the forties I was comfortable in my underwear. In the thirties I needed my shirt and trousers. When it hit the twenties, I shivered even after adding my jacket and rain pants. My hiking partner stayed toasty in his underwear in his Western Mountaineering ten degree bag. I own a Western Mountaineering twenty degree bag which has kept me warm in shirt and trousers in the twenties. The clear loser here is the "10 deg" Enigma. Better to call it a 20-25 degree bag.
I ordered the Enigma (30 degree, regular length, wide width) with 850 GGD as an upgrade from the 800fp GDD. The construction is beautiful. All I had to do was move a little down into some of the places where I knew that I would need it was ready to go.
My first night in the quilt was spent this past October on the Superior Hiking Trail and the temps got down into the low twenties near Grand Marais, MN. With my base layer, UL down jacket, and beanie I was very comfortable, but, admittedly I was pushing its limits. If I were a colder sleeper I may prefer at least a 20 (if not a 10) degree rating for such conditions.
Being 6'1'' I was concerned about lengths and Peter recommended I go with the regular. It was definitely the right choice as I can almost pull the quilt over my head.
I am a recently new backpacker, spending most of my time in CA (Yosemite, JMT) and most recently Havasu Falls (AZ) I have an incredible Big Agnes Mystic 15F which is frankly way too hot (and maybe heavy?) for the camping I've been doing. After my last Yosemite trip, I had been driving myself crazy googling around various sites for quilts, both for less weight and i knew I needed a more appropriate temperature rated bag. By the time I found Enlightened Equipment, I felt pretty confident in what I wanted in a quilt, and also the price I wanted to pay (I've got lots of $$$ tied up in the Big Agnes bag). The testimonials for both Tim and his products made it easy to hit the button, and I'm a convert! I found a ready to ship Enigma in my size and wow. It's light, immensely packable, super comfortable and at 40F was super warm and cozy. The quality is great and I can't wait until my next trip at colder temperatures to snuggle under the quilt. I use it with a Big Agnes Insultated Q Core pad, with a very high temperature rating, so I knwo I'll be just fine.
I bought an extra large quilt since I am 6 ft and 250 lbs. I could have gotten the size large. At 1 lb 7 oz and 20 degrees, this is what I was looking for and the price was lower than anywhere else at 250. I have used it on the AT for a week but the temp was in the 60s. With a quilt you just push it off if it is to warm, just like home. I would buy another if needed. I expect this quilt to last for years.
I had my mind set on a mummy bag, but kept hearing people talk about quilts. I decided to Google what a quilt was for backpacking. I had my reservations because it didn't wrap all the way around like a traditional bag or mummy. But with the return policy I decided to give it a try.
I'm 5"10" 170ish pounds a side sleeper mostly, plus I toss and turn so I bought the 20 degree regular length and wide width quilt with 750 fill duck down. When It arrived I got a note in box with it that said they ran out of of 750 and upgraded me to 800 fill goose down at no extra charge. Now you can't beat that.
The quilt is super lightweight and see through when held up to a light. I didn't think it was going to keep me warm in 60 degree weather let alone anything close to 20. Boy was I wrong about that.
I just got back from a trip to the Boundary Waters. Temps got down in the low 40's. I sleep pretty warm so normally only where underwear to bed. Second night I wore a light weight shirt to bed so i wouldn't stick to my air mattress. I on the verge of sweating.
I had plenty of room to move and didn't feel claustrophobic or have it twist around me in the night. I only wish the 850 HyperDry was offered when I placed my order. Otherwise I couldn't be happier and would buy again.
I bought a 30 degree regular slim with 20D outer fabric. The bag feels great and the weight was right on the published value. The workmanship is impressive - the bag looks great. It also feels great in the hand. I did two nights in Glacier NP in late August when temps got down to the low 40s and I was plenty warm with a few top layers on and only one layer (and comfy sleeping socks). Large storage sack and stuff sack are light and also look well made. All around impressed by the quilt! Might have to get another one for warm camping....
In an effort to lighten up, I made the switch to backpacking with a quilt. In searching the internet for a supplier I didn't find a better deal than Enlightened Equipment. Based on the price and the many, many positive reviews, it wasn't a hard decision to make.
The craftsmanship is excellent, the claimed weight is precise (if not conservative), and it performs wonderfully.
I had the opportunity to test my 30* Enigma on a three-day, 39-mile hike through Zion National Park. The first night in the quilt was the most comfortable night I've ever spent in the backcountry. The freedom to move and lay how you want in a quilt made a huge difference in my sleep. Temps got down to the low 50s. While wearing long underwear and a long-sleeved shirt I was more than comfortable, and wore the quilt loosely. The second night I slept sans long johns and in a short-sleeve shirt (had to lend those to my hiking partner who froze the previous night in a 50* bag). This was the perfect test of the quilt's capabilities. The temperature dropped to 34*, and I had only the quilt to warm me--no warm layers of clothing. With my cap on, and the quilt cinched around my neck I slept the whole night through. This quilt will easily keep you warm to it's rated temperature warmth, plus some extra if you add on some clothing layers.
The only complaint I have about this product is that I didn't buy it sooner! It's minimal weight (17oz exactly), accurate temp rating, and superior quality make it easy for me to recommend the EE Enigma to anyone.
Received the quilt two weeks ago and I had a chance to try it out at 12,000 ft. in the Palisades of the Seirra Nevada last weekend. I love it--cozy and lightweight! This is my first quilt and I had no problems with keeping it draft-free. Also, I got the duck down version and wow, it is warm. The only tweak I did was to help with my elbows falling off my thermarest neoair while sleeping on my back - I'm 6'5" and have wide shoulders and I find it very uncomfortable to sleep with my elbows off the pad 2.5" lower on the ground. So I used a little piece of guy line and a plastic clip to fasten the upper clips on the quilt together with about 8" of space between them. This way the tension of the bag itself held my arms up on the pad so they didn't slide down onto the cold hard ground. It worked great. Much easier to get in and out of a quilt than a bag, and it stays right side up as shift or roll as you sleep so no annoying twists or struggles to find the zipper! I highly recommend Enlightened Equipment - their customer service was ace. The duck down option makes a very affordable lightweight bag, and its great to support a small independently owned company.
After receiving my quilt, I took it out that weekend. I used it with an air mattress. It took me a couple of times messing with the strap system to get it adjusted, but after that, it worked fine. The quilt was very light weight and packed well. It was very comfortable to sleep with. Gave me plenty of room since I sleep on my side and toss and turn a lot. Very glad I purchased the quilt and would recommend one to anyone instead of getting a tradition sleeping bag!
I just received my quilt in the mail today and had to write a review. Usually I would wait until I took a piece of gear out in the elements before I do a write up, but I just got back from a 3 day hike and am blistered enough that the next trip may be a month or two.
Anyways, I just got the quilt and the craftsmanship is amazing. The colors are fantastic and the stitching looks top notch throughout. The footbox is wide enough to be comfortable for a side sleeper as well. The quilt got here in a very timely manner (much quicker than I expected). The weight and size are outstanding for the warmth it seems to provide (I crawled in it for 15 minutes or so when it got here, I couldn't resist). I'm pleased with the options provided for these quilts, the down quality is superb, and their service was fantastic. This may seem a bit shallow, but the color, down, and other customization options really sold me on EE. I like the feeling of getting EXACTLY what I wanted. A big thank you!
The construction is simple but genius! The crazy looking baffle design works exactly as described! No down migration at all! You actually have a really hard time forcing the down to move so accidentally getting cold spots at night is impossible. I opted for the lighter fabric on the inner and outer. The fabric is so light you can actually see the down inside the baffles when held up to the light, haha! Other than being just light the 10d fabric actually has a pretty good water repellency and feels silky smooth against your skin. The temperature rating is spot on and I consider myself an average temp sleeper. Dimensions are also spot on. I have ordered a few quilts from EE now and I have always experienced great customer service, quality craftsmanship and quick delivery. Also for you weight weenies...EE does a great job at stating correct numbers! I have never received a quilt that was higher in weight than speced, and this one actually came in .4 ounces less! Great Job guys!
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