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  1. Michael Blair
    December 20, 2012

    Amen. I was using the neoair xlite pad with my sleep bag (unzipped) like a blanket. I was thinking it would be easier just to buy some cheap blanket and use it instead if lugging my sleeping bag with me. I went on the thermarest site and found both the blanket and the fitted sheet. Bought both of them immediately and have been loving them ever since.

  2. Justin Walsh
    December 20, 2012

    I wholeheartedly agree.
    I’ve been using the down blanket this year, and it has become my most used sleep system as well. I am also a side sleeper, and find that it is certainly easier to roll from side to side under this blanket. I have been using the snap attachments to keep things secure and they work well. I’ve found that the bottom four are the only ones you really need, but the others may be useful in colder weather. The materials feel very nice, the 700-fill isn’t a drawback and it gets the job done.
    It’s also been a conversation piece in a few shelters I’ve been in, and the reception has been all positive. I expect to see more blankets/quilts in use in the coming years.

  3. Rob
    December 20, 2012

    I’m glad to see that you’ve found quilts good. I’m still using mine (35 degree synthetic from MLD), staying dry under a tarp system, and surprising scout leaders by showing up with so little gear.

    I do need to replace my underneath pads, though. I had the valves go so they leaked slowly and I’d wake up on cold (well for Georgia) hard ground.

    How have the thermorest neoair pads lasted?

    • Jim C
      December 20, 2012

      How have the thermorest neoair pads lasted?

      I’ve owned and regularly used a short neoair since the second year they’ve been available. No problems yet.

      Have since added a large neoair to the stable. Nice for outings where weight is less important.

      • Earlylite
        December 21, 2012

        I’ve never had a problem with any of the NeoAirs I’ve bought and I expect I use them more than most people, as in >30 nights per year. I use a bivy sack and pick my camp sites carefully to avoid punctures.

      • Rob
        December 21, 2012

        That’s good to hear. It isn’t punctures, but there is an inexpensive valve design that both REI and pacific outdoors use that basically doesn’t shut. (It’s some sort of stock design because they are different companies). It’s as if some sort of grit gets into the valve body or there is a polymer washer that is too stiff and doesn’t seat properly. I wasn’t too upset about the REI pad as that has had a lot of use, but the other one was practically new.

  4. Jim C
    December 20, 2012

    Welcome to the world of quilts Phillip!

    Quilts are one of many backpacking things I was once wrongly convinces could not work for me. SO glad took toe time to prove myself wrong.

    • Earlylite
      December 21, 2012

      I was a little surprised! Just took that first night.

  5. DaniLou22
    December 22, 2012

    I was more than a reluctant quilter to say the least. I thought it was just another gimmick to shave off a few more ounces in the extreme. What changed my mind was the GoLite quilt I won on this site (!) in a gear raffle back in 2010. I took it out one night to give it a shot and was in love. So much more freedom to move around, didn’t get any of the cold drafts I expected (thanks to the under-pad straps), and finally able to stick my foot out like I do at home. It ended up being a little long for me, so I gave it to my boyfriend who bought me the short version of the same quilt in return. We both used them on our JMT hike that summer, with temps down to below freezing, and we’ve never looked back.

    • Earlylite
      December 22, 2012

      Many thanks to Golite for sponsoring that giveaway. Glad you were enlightened!

  6. mazzachusetts
    January 7, 2013

    I don’t have any beef with side sleeping in a mummy aside from the DAMN PILLOW SITUATION… This seems like it would solve that. Also seems very liner compatible.

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