Best Budget Quilt?

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  1. NESurvival

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    Looking for a good backpacking quilt for three seasons, probably 30 degree rating. I like the HG Economy Top Quilt, but I was wondering if there was anything cheaper. Probably not, you get what you pay for, but figured I would see first. Thanks.



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  2. Red Wing

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    Loco libre has a saver series of quilts. Not sure of the pricing. Outdoor vitals might have a quilt that fits your bill as well.
     
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    Military poncho liner works well for me in temps down to about 45F. I can take it down to about 35F with the poncho included. That is with fleece socks in spring/fall, add a wool beanie to about 40F. I add light wool mittens under 40F. But I do like sleeping a little cold-ish. YMMV.
     
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    Unlikely to find one cheaper at that quality
     
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    It seems that “quilts” in the backpacking/camping world vary in the meanings....some are just essentially blankets and cost $25 while a more sleeping bag shaped quilt with a foot box costs much more. But when searching the internet for backpacking quilts they both show up. For a blanket type down quilt, the Costco black diamond quilts are a great value IMO. I jumped on the band wagon after reading great reviews and ordered a couple for $20 each. They seem to poof up nicely though they aren’t baffled and the top is stitched to the bottom. That thing almost feels like an electric blanket on you and seems to radiate heat!

    I’ve got a snugpak jungle blanket and a woobie as well, but neither are as warm, lite and compressible as the Costco quilt. Have read that folks will often modify and beef up these quilts as well.
     
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    Can you buy the costco quilts online? Or only in the store? Thanks.
     
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    I don’t know of a cheaper one to point you to — bet others here will — but I have two HG Econs and do consider them an excellent value.

    One thing to mention... you said “backpacking”... if you sleep on the ground (as I do) you will want to get the wide option if you go with the HG.
     
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    I got them online from Costco around Christmas time and was a 2 for $40 deal. Just looked and didn’t see them on their site but are available from other retailers.....$30 was the cheapest I found with a quick search :( It’s called the double black diamond quilt. Maybe they’ll pop up again for the 2 for $40 deal in the future
     
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    A footbox is mandatory for me for backpacking under 60 degrees.
     
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    Not meaning to derail ops thread. But what advantages over wool would you have with a quilt?

    Do you just carry one and burrito in it?
     
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    Vellly interesting. I have a jungle blanket but it’s been too cold since I got it. Haven’t seen a quilt at Costco but will definitely look. My other Black Diamond and other gear from Costco has all been good.
     
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    A true backpacking quilt has a foot box like a sleeping bag, but with no insulation on the bottom like a sleeping bag. Like this:
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    A wool blanket is much heavier than a down quilt, and it is just a flat blanket. But, you would be screwed with a down quilt too close to a fire, as it would melt from spark holes incredibly easily. Both have their pros and cons, but for backpacking a down quilt makes more sense, but it is rather illogical for a more primitive camp.
     
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    Yup, pretty much says it.

    “Both have their pros and cons.”

    I have been collecting gear for decades... have mummy bags, traditional camping sleeping bags, nice military surplus wool blankets, and down quilts. Also a jungle blanket I haven’t been able to use yet.

    For me, a good down quilt is the best all-around choice.
     
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    Massdrop has their cobranded version of the Enlightened Equipment quilt. At $219 that is more than a wide HG Econ 30 but less than an HG Burrow.

    My BIL has a Burrow. Really likes it. Enough so that I would get an Econ 20 if I had the cash. Yeah, get the Wide if you are wide. Or if you are ground camping.

    Better move quick though. I bet orders are piling up. Spring is near. :eek:
     
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    I looked at those mass drop EE quilts a while back and seems I remember reading quite a few bad reviews about them being skimpy with the down stuffing. Not sure if that’s changed but I’d read the reviews closely before diving in. I read enough to be turned off. A backpacking down quilt will be my next sleeping purchase but I’ll probably be surfing the options for the next year or two
     
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    HG Economy seems to be the way to go.
     
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    Just purchased a Burrow Econ, looking forward to getting it in the mail!
     
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    I just sewed a footbox on my Costco quilt. Not that hard, even if you had to do it by hand.
     
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    I’d like to do that as well but still not sure how cold I would use it to. I would think 50 degrees would be about the lowest I’d sleep warm with it alone. Not sure though
     
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    Picked up one of the Ozark quilts the other day. Immediately took it out of the (way too small) stuffsack to let it expand. Doesn't seem (at this point) to be any thicker or have more insulation than the military poncho liner. I am hopeful that by allowing it to live in a much larger stuffsack, which I think is much easier to compress into your pack, it will increase in loft to provide better insulation. I figure I'll check it in about a week and assess it's condition. Worst case I'll have another poncho liner style blanket for summer uses.
     
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    I did a test 2 weekends ago between the two. Camped out Friday and Saturday nights with lows of about 30 degrees both nights. Used the Ozark quilt as a liner in my patrol bag night 1 and a woobie as a liner the 2nd night. I was fine with the Ozark quilt and got chilled with the woobie. Not a perfect test but it was real world results.

    I agree with you that either way you'll have another liner for your use!
     
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    Hammock gear Burrow Econ arrived today! Testing it out tonight with all the windows open in my bedroom, then its off to test it outside in the coming weeks! Thank you all for the recommendations!
     
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