EnLIGHTened Equipment is a small manufacturer of quilts based in the US. Over the summer I used used their Revelation quilt for several trips. Here’s the deal…
- 6′-6 with Wide Cut
- 40* F Approx Rating
- 15 DWR shell, 10D liner, 850 fill down
- Zippered foot box, full length snap closures
- Total weight is just over 17 ounces on my scale
- Suggested Retail Price – $260 as tested
Prior to this I have been using a JRB quilt for summer and fall when I can get away with it. I love the simplicity of quilts and the freedom to move around (side sleeper here). Size wise, both quilts were similar. The material of the Revelation is very soft and although Tim Marshall uses “seconds” on
these the Revelation-X quilts (to save the end user some money) you’d hardly tell from looking at them – correction, ours was not the X, but the standard Revalation which uses top end material.
The foot box works by zipping up the end and closing the drawstring. Three snap closures immediately back up the zipper. A few more snap closures are spaced out along the length of the quilt to allow it to be fully closed (like a sleeping bag) if necessary. There are also loops at each snap closure and several lengths of shock cord are provided to loop under a sleeping pad at whichever points someone wants to. At the head end another drawstring provides a means to cinch up the quilt. Nothing fancy here, just common sense features that accomplish what needs to be done.
In actual use I found the quilt very comfortable and true to the temp rating. On one occasion while hiking in the King Range (Lost Coast area in California) the weather ended up being a little colder than expected, and very wet. Although temps dipped into the mid-low 30’s I slept comfortably in my base layers. That’s not a scientific observation, but the case hasn’t been the same with my other quilt, speaking from past experience. I don’t think I would ever fully close the quilt up unless I got caught in much colder weather than expected. The straight cut is why I like the Revelation, and the “wide” sizing worked perfect for my side sleeping nights. So as a quilt user, I liked the Revelation. This one was a loaner so it had to go back, but I ended up buying a couple of Enlightened Equipment quilts for our kids (more on those later) which they happily approved of.
- Simplicity of design
- Warmth to weight ratio
- Value priced
- Made in USA
Not So Much…
Just a couple of nitpicks…
- I’d prefer the shock cords to have a loop at one end and toggle at the other, rather than toggles at each ends
- No stuff sack is included
Famous Last Words
The Revelation quilts provide an excellent value and are fully customizable to suit the conditions and your sleeping style. Hike It. Like It.