So you're bicycle touring around Tasmania in late autumn? Maybe you're hiking The Overland Track? And you want to lighten up your gear. A lightweight down quilt is the way to go, and at just 560g (regular size) and packing down to 3 litres, the Sea to Summit Ember EB2 won't take up much space in your pannier or backpack.
It's versitile. If the temperature drops and you need to trap more warmth, the Ember has a draw-cord foot box and press studs to cinch the bottom half closer to your body. Four adjustament straps allow you to afix the quilt to your sleeping mat, so you don't lose it in the middle of the night. On performance. The EB2 down quilt has an ultra-lightweight 15D shell which contains 750+ loft premium duck down. It's cleverly baffled around the chest section to keep your vitals nice and warm. This baby'll keep you comfortable in termperatures down to -4°C when used with a nice, warm sleeping mat like the Sea to Summit Comfort Light Insulated.
In recent times the down quilt vs sleeping bag debate has become lively. The conclusion? Many ultralight hikers and trekkers, bicycle tourers, and adventure racers are turning to the lightweight and uber-packable qualities of quilts like the Sea to Summit Ember. Unzip!
Used in combination with Sea to Summit
Ultralight Insulated Sleeping Mat - Regular. Good fit for me (178cm/73kg). Have used down to 0 degrees with poly thermals and a down jacket and been warm all night.
New to using a quilt and have found that it is light, packs small and is great for me. Used it down to 8 degrees plus and suitable for the tropical climate in which I live. I am 178cm and purchased the regular however should have purchased the large, however not a real problem. Its great to be able to throw a leg or arm out to regulate temperature.
This product is completely as advertised. I used it recently on a 3 night trip of the Heysen Trail. The warmest night was about 9 degrees and I was very comfortable in my thermals, wool jumper and quilt sitting up just past my waist. The coldest night was -1 and I clipped the back of the quilt completely around my mat and pulled the foot and shoulder sinch cords down to transform the quilt into a hoodless sleeping bag and was warm enough, barely. It's a 2 degree bag, so that's unsurprising. It compresses super small, but when fully compressed for 24 hours, it can take a while to loft up. I would recommend compressing it mildly if you want it to loft quickly. It got a bit damp a few times against the tent wall, but the moisture just wiped away and didn't penetrate the down at all.
Thanks for your feedback Nathan. With a little common sense a quilt can be a great lightweight sleep option. Glad you're happy with your new gear. Happy Adventures! ~ Ben.
Packs very small and light and suitable for most Aussie conditions.
The Mrs does not like being constricted in a normal sleeping bag so perfect for her.
The quilt is a much better design for people that feel constricted in a sleeping bag. I initially bought the EB1 but returned it for the EB2, and its warm enough for all Aussie seasons. The compression sack reduces to about the size of large grapefruit and it comes with another pouch for extended periods. A great purchase and very well designed.
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