The Enlightened Equipment Convert is a hoodless, quilt-style sleeping bag with a full-length zipper and drawstring footbox that allows it to be completely closed like a hoodless sleeping bag, completely open like a down comforter, or partially zipped up like a backpacking quilt. The lack of a hood makes it a great choice for side sleepers while the zipper and footbox give it more temperature flexibility than a quilt or sleeping bag alone.
Specs at a Glance
- Type: Quilt Sleeping Bag (Hoodless)
- Temperature Rating: 10F
- Model: Stock Convert (Custom models are also available)
- Gender: Unisex
- Weight: 30 oz (regular width and length)
- Fill weight: 21.5 oz
- Baffles: Vertical
- Draft Collar: No (available on custom models)
- Draft Tubes: Yes
- Zipper: Full length, plus clips and straps to attach as a quilt to a sleeping pad
- Length: 78” for regular (available in 3 stock lengths and 2 additional custom lengths)
- Dimensions: 58”/38” (shoulders/hips) for regular (available in 2 stock widths, and 2 additional custom widths)
- Shell: 10 D nylon treated with a DWR finish
- Lining: 10 D nylon
- Packed size: will fit in a 10 L compression sack
I purchased the Convert to be used at temperatures hovering from the 40’s to slightly below freezing. My intention was to fill a gap between my 20-degree quilt, which can be drafty in colder temperatures, and my fully-featured 0-degree winter mummy bag that weighs close to 3 lbs. On cold nights, zipping myself in the Convert cuts way down on drafts and I find that the ability to switch easily to a quilt configuration means I don’t overheat if the nighttime temperatures end up warmer than I expected.
Stock vs Custom
I purchased a Stock Convert with 850 fill power down rather than a custom Convert where you can select the color of the outer shell and lining, add a draft collar, or request 950 fill power down. The stock models are usually on hand to ship in a matter of days because they don’t need to be made to spec. As I write this review, for example, the stock model ships in 2-3 days, while a custom Convert takes 4-6 weeks to deliver and costs significantly more. If you want to buy a custom-made quilt or quilt sleeping bag from any cottage manufacturer, you really need to purchase it months before you want to use it.
Enlightened Equipment uses responsibly sourced 850 fill power grey duck down and 950 fill power grey goose down in their quilts and quilt sleeping bags. They do not however offer water-resistant down. The Convert is a unisex (men’s) quilt sleeping bag, so women, who generally sleep about 10 degrees colder than men, may want to adjust by ordering a colder rating than they would in a women’s-specific product. See “About Our Temperature Ratings” on the Enlightened Equipment website for a more detailed explanation.
The Convert has tapered vertical continuous baffles that run the length of the quilt sleeping bag unlike the combination of vertical and horizontal baffles or purely horizontal baffles by other manufacturers that make similar quilt sleeping bags like UGQ Outdoors, Zpacks, or Feathered Friends among others. The problem, at least if you consider it a problem, with purely vertical baffles is that the down can shift from the torso to the feet or vice versa. Enlightened Equipment argues that the vertical baffles let you use the Convert in any configuration, although you can do the same with quilt sleeping bags from other manufacturers that use a combination of vertical and horizontal baffles. Just be aware that Convert’s all vertical baffle orientation is very different from that used by their competitors.
The benefit of having a full-length zipper is that you can orient it to the right, left, on top, or below you without having to worry about a mummy hood. This is great for side sleepers and people who don’t like being constrained by a more conventional sleeping bag. You can also unzip the convert completely, partially, or all the way and use it as a blanket. You can even join two Converts to create a double bag for couples camping. It’s just so versatile.
The fabric facing the zipper is stiffer than the body fabric, but I have snagged it several times when I haven’t been careful with my zipping. There are no draft tubes along the zipper (at least in the conventional sense), even though the EE product page says the stock model has them. The beefy vertical baffles tend to cover the zipper when it’s positioned on your side, but that’s a little different. If you do feel cold air flowing through the zipper, the solution is to position the zipper underneath you and lie on top of it.
If you want to use the Convert as a quilt, EE includes a set of buckle-based pad attachment straps. But you can also just tuck the sides of the quilt under your body if you don’t want to hassle with them in warmer weather.
One limiting factor for using a Stock Convert as a bag at low temperatures is the lack of a draft collar. This is a tube of insulation that wraps around your neck and shoulders to prevent heat from leaking out the top. A draft collar option is available but only on the Custom Convert. While the Stock Convert comes with a neck cinch cord, it has a tendency to slip a little if you don’t treat it gently.
I have remedied this by turning a jacket into a scarf, which I know is something that Philip advocates also (see How to Sleep Warm at Night Backpacking for many other ideas.) If you are interested in a Convert for freezing temps, then you might want to consider the Custom Convert and have a draft collar added. Or wear a hooded parka to bed or bring a puffy down scarf along.
The Convert comes with a drawstring footbox which is a nice temperature regulation feature when you want to cool off a little. This is one of the properties that really sets it apart from a conventional sleeping bag. Air does not leak through the middle when it’s drawn closed. There are also snaps along the zipper to help create more of a footbox when you want to use the Convert like a quilt and not a sleeping bag.
The Stock Convert comes in 3 lengths, short (72”), regular (78”) and long (84”). It comes in 2 widths, regular (58” at the shoulder) and wide (64” at the shoulder). If you want to tuck the sides underneath you, you might consider getting the wider width size. Additional lengths and widths are available on custom orders. My Stock Convert is the regular length (though the short would be a better length for me, I wanted taller folks in my family to be able to use it).
Comparable Quilt Sleeping Bags
|Make / Model||Temp Rating||Zipper|
|Enlightened Equipment Convert Sleeping Bag||Multiple||Full|
|UGQ Outlaw Hybrid Quilt||Multiple||Full|
|Feathered Friends Flicker UL Quilt Sleeping Bag||Multiple||Full|
|Feathered Friends Flicker YF Quilt Sleeping Bag||Multiple||Full|
|Feathered Friends Tanager 20 CFL Sleeping Bag||20F||None|
|Feathered Friends Penguin YF||Multiple||Full|
|Nunatak 3D Quilt||Multiple||3/4|
|Therm-a-Rest Ohm 32||32F||Full|
|Zpacks Classic Sleeping Bag||Multiple||Full|
|Zpacks Full Zip Sleeping Bag||Multiple||Full|
|Western Mountaineering EverLite||45||Full|
|Western Mountaineering MityLite||40||Full|
|Western Mountaineering Monolite||35||Full|
Is the Enlightened Equipment Convert a quilt or is it a sleeping bag? It’s whatever you want it to be. I’m really happy with the Convert as a sleeping bag. I don’t like hoods on bags. As a side sleeper, I feel like I’ve never really figured out how to make them work well for me. With the Convert, I can choose to have the zipper on top or on either side so that I have the most convenient configuration to go along with which side the door of my tent is on. On cold nights, I’ve really enjoyed avoiding the cold drafts I experience when rolling over in my other more conventional quilt.
I’m also really happy with the Convert as a quilt. On warm nights, I’ve been glad that I could easily unzip it and just lie under it. I can unzip it completely, or leave it partially zipped to give myself a footbox and slightly more warmth. I can put the straps around my sleeping pad to keep the quilt in place, or just leave it floppy.
The many size and temperature rating options offered by Enlightened Equipment also make it easy to get exactly what you are looking for. While I think the Stock Convert provides a lot of value as is, the option of buying a Custom Convert is also enticing…as long as you’re willing to wait a little longer for it to be made and delivered.
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I have a few mummy bags and 2 quilts, but this is my go-to bag these days. The perfect compromise between weight, warmth, and comfort. But the zipper takes a little practice.
It’s so multi-purpose, I can’t understand why people would prefer the reduced flexibility of a backpacking quilt when you can easily eliminate drafts by just zipping it up.
I totally agree that it is very flexible and I love that feature but I wish it had horizontal baffles because the down does shift to the head and foot areas of the bag.
After countless mind-numbing hours of research —prior to my 2018 AT thru-hike attempt — I pulled the trigger on a Convert. I simply could not fathom sleeping in the backcountry with a quilt.. I guess this quilt with a zipper for sleeping bag use truly became my “security blanket”….and on only one night, when the temps dipped down into the low teens, did I use the zipper in full sleeping bag mode (and I was plenty damned glad I had the option that night!!). Every other night, I used the Convert in quilt mode.
It is great to read this review of the convert quilt/sleeping bag. We have the Enlightened Equipment Revelation, and our go to trip for our backpacking and packrafting trips is the Enlightened accomplice two person quilt . Super impressed with the weight and packability. We live in Alaska and have owned insulated mats for years, so having the clips on the sides that secure the quilt to the matt is sufficient for 3 season use camping here in Alaska. If I didn’t have an insulating mat I would have been getting the zipper! So, if I ever upgrade my mat to something lighter, the convert seems like it would be a good choice for me!
How does the Convert deal with condensation, getting wet? Will it still keep me warm?
If it’s just condensation transfer from a tent, the tight weave of the shell will repel most if not all of the moisture. You can also put it in the sun for 30 minutes and it will dry. Like all down sleep insulation, perspiration will degrade the insulation, but that’s a process that usually takes many days to unfold and I wouldn’t really worry about it under most circumstances except maybe Artic expeditions. Even then people still use down bags because they’re warmer by weight and compressed volume. But if you’re dead set on getting a synthetic insulated bag, EE sells the Convert with synthetic insulation as well. https://enlightenedequipment.com/convert-apex-custom/
I may get a custom… I was on the fence about the cinched toe box. Not any more… thank you.
I have two converts, a 20F which is my go to, and a -10F for winter. Love them both, great comfort and warmth for the weight. For me they are each comfortable down to about 5F below the ratings if I wear warm base layers and head covering appropriate to temps. Your mileage may vary of course.
I have two suggestions.
1. I think the 10d fabric seems a bit flimsy and recommend the 20d for the outer layer.
2. For couples, there is a better solution than zipping two converts together. Make yourself a simple fabric coupler that zips with a single convert (in its open flat configuration). Then put the pads inside where they will be warmed up and provide all the insulation you need on the bottom. Zipping two converts together and putting them on top of the pads is contrary to the basic idea of backpacking quilts.