Best Backpacking Sleeping Quilts

If you are an ounce counter, backpacker, or hiker, you will want to check this list of best backpacking sleeping quilts, ultralight outdoor sleeping items, nicely packable and versatile.

To make things clear, these are not sleeping bags. What you have here is a bit different concept with a footbox designed to protect this part of the body and the rest looks like a blanket. Some models have the footbox enclosed, but some have a zipper so you can open it completely and use the item as an ordinary blanket.

Some of the quilts in the list allow for ventilation of the footbox. There are indeed sleeping bags with such a feature and this is where they are similar.

Why using a quilt

These are all ultralight backpacking quilts and there are several reasons for this. First, this is about the fill, most of them are filled with quality down which is naturally light and also the best insulator. Most of the time this is a treated hydrophobic down so it should perform great even in wet conditions.

Second, quilts are different from the bags because they are more or less bottomless, so this implies less material and therefore less weight.

Because of the mentioned down fill which is greatly compressible, and because of fewer materials used in their construction, these backpacking quilts are usually more compact than sleeping bags.

Some of the quilts come with snap buttons that allow you to close them, and they look like a mummy sleeping bag. But they are never fully closed and therefore they can never be as warm as a sleeping bag. This is why such outdoor sleeping items are not the best option for extreme cold.

So here is my list with the collection of best backpacking sleeping quilts that are currently available on the market. They are ordered more or less by their temperature rating, from less warm to warmer. But make sure that you test your quilt in controlled conditions, so never rely on the rating suggested by the manufacturer. Please have a look and follow the links for more:

Big Agnes Kings Canyon Ultralight Synthetic Quilt for Backpacking and Camping
  • ULTRALIGHT QUILT – The Kings Canyon UL quilt is ideal for hut trips, couch surfing, or warm summer nights while thru-hiking. Designed as a minimalist quilt that you can tuck around yourself using the top corner hand pockets.
  • OPTIONS! – Using the integrated snap system you can create a simplified mummy bag for colder nights. Or affix your quilt to your pad to create a secure sleep system using the included 10 snap patches. It also works as an extra layer over your sleeping bag.
  • COZY UP – Cinch bag tight around shoulders with one-handed cord lock to seal in heat. Insulated with 70% recycled PrimaLoft Hi-Loft Ultra Silver
  • TECHNICAL, LIGHT, PACKABLE – Stitch-free shell construction for maximum thermal efficiency and water resistance. Nylon rip-stop shell with water-repellent finish combined with a soft Polyester Taffeta lining creates the perfect durable, ultralight, and packable quilt.
  • SPECS – Weighs just 15 oz. and packs down to 4 x 6 inches. Fits campers up to 6’ and is compatible with any pad size and style (sold separately). Storage and stuff sack included, as well as 10 3M snap patches.
ENO - Eagles Nest Outfitters Vesta TopQuilt
  • WELCOME TO FOUR-SEASON HAMMOCKING: PrimaLoft Synergy insulation is constructed of both fine- and ultrafine-denier continuous filament fibers to form tiny air pockets that trap body heat and keep out cold, provides warmth down to about 35 - 45F.
  • DURABLE WATER REPELLENT COATING: The Vesta Under Quilt features a ripstop nylon shell that has a Durable Water Repellent coating to help shed moisture and keep you dry. If cold weather is cutting into your hammock season, it's time to Blaze it up.
  • QUICK AND EASY SETUP: With shock-cord suspension rails, setup is a breeze, and any re-positioning or adjustments can be made without getting up.
  • LIGHTWEIGHT AND EASILY PACKABLE: Weighing only 28 ounces, the Vesta hammock Under Quilt includes a stuff sack which compresses it to the backpack friendly size of 14" x 7".
  • PLEASE NOTE: ENO attempts to reduce potential waste by using every bit of fabric available in production, so the color of the stuff sack and stitching might vary from what is pictured
RAB Neutrino Quilt 200: 35 Degree Down Firecracker, Reg/Left Zip
  • Material: [face fabric] Pertex Quantum, DWR coating, [lining] nylon ripstop
  • Insulation: 800-fill hydrophobic down
  • Shape: quilt
  • Degree: 35F
  • Storage Sack: mesh
Therm-a-Rest Corus Down Backpacking and Camping Quilt, 20-Degree, Long, Spring
  • Lightweight, comfortable and warm top-rated camp quilt from Therm-a-Rest is extremely packable for camping and backpacking adventures
  • 650-fill Nikwax Hydrophobic down absorbs 90% less water and dries 3 times faster without using dangerous PFCs; compact quilt fits easily into a pack
  • Box Baffled construction uses mesh walls to maximize down loft and minimize cold spots; full perimeter side baffles and snap closure keep out drafts
  • SynergyLink Connectors integrate the quilt with a mattress for optimal efficiency and comfort; easily pairs with a Therm-a-Rest bag, blanket or sheet
  • Long measures 83x53x4.5 inches, fits heights up to 6 feet 6 inches, packs to 11.5x7.5 inches, and weighs 1.81 pounds; storage sack and stuff sack included
Featherstone Moondance 25 850 Fill Power Down Top Quilt Mummy Sleeping Bag Alternative for Ultralight Backpacking Camping and Thru-Hiking
  • VERSATILE SLEEPING BAG ALTERNATIVE: Unlike any other outdoor blanket, this top quilt has the capability to match the warmth of a sleeping bag and doubles as a blanket or underquilt for a hammock
  • LIGHTWEIGHT & PACKABLE: Made with DOWNTEK PFC-FREE Water Repellent 850 Fill Power Duck Down Insulation, the quilt provides superior loft, warmth to weigh ratio, and packs small and compact--great for outdoor travel
  • INSULATED & COMFORTABLE: Down insulation provides superior warmth compared to synthetic insulation. The quilt has been ISO Tested with a temperature rating of 26 degrees T-Limit makes it perfect for all season camping. Silky smooth nylon provides breathability and prevents a clammy-feel during your sleep.
  • ACCESSORIES: Comes with a compression stuff sack and pad straps to connect with your sleeping pad. Pair this quilt with other camp gear to make the ultimate sleep system while camping in the backcountry.
  • LIFETIME WARRANTY: Backed with a limited lifetime manufacturing warranty from a U.S. company. Featherstone warrants its products will be free from defects in materials and workmanship to the original owner for the lifetime of the product. If a warranty claim is validated, we will repair, replace or refund, at our option, the damaged product.
Therm-a-Rest Vela 2-Person Puffy Down Camping Quilt
  • Comfortable and warm, Therm-a-Rest’s top-rated two-person quilt is packable for duo-camping and backpacking adventures
  • 650-fill Nikwax Hydrophobic down absorbs 90% less water and dries 3 times faster without using dangerous PFCs; compact quilt fits easily into a pack
  • Box Baffled construction uses mesh walls to maximize down loft and minimize cold spots; full perimeter side baffles keeps out drafts
  • Shaped footbox slips over pad to eliminate drafts over feet; easily pairs with a Therm-a-Rest bag, blanket or sheet to build a layered system
  • Measures 80x82x4.5 inches, packs to 16x9 inches, fits heights up to 6 feet 6 inches, and weighs 2 pounds 13 ounces; stuff sack and storage sack included
Paria Outdoor Products Thermodown 15 Degree Down Sleeping Quilt - Ultralight Cold Weather, 3 Season Quilt - Perfect for Backcountry Camping, Backpacking and Hammocks (Long)
  • ►WARM - Stay toasty warm due to the baffled construction and 24 oz. of high-loft 700 fill-power down which provides an excellent temperature rating down to 15F (-10C).
  • ►LIGHTWEIGHT - No need to compromise on size and weight. The quilt comes in at only 2 lb. 6 oz. and the included compression sack cinches down to just 10 x 7 inches. Use the included sleeping pad strap to secure your quilt to an insulated sleeping pad for a lightweight and compact sleeping system.
  • ►DURABLE - The light, but durable, 20D ripstop nylon fabrics will ensure that the quilt performs for countless adventures.
  • ►VERSATILE - Our quilts offer incredible versatility that is unmatched by traditional sleeping bags. Open up the quilt for warm weather or close it up completely on those chilly nights. Since they're so easy to adjust, they're also perfect for hammocks.
  • ►LIFETIME WARRANTY - We're a US-based company that offers a lifetime warranty on all of our gear. If you have any problems with your down quilt, let us know and we'll do our best to help!

Last update on 2021-03-20  / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

If you would still want a traditional sleeping bag, please see this list of best winter sleeping bags and this with sleeping bags for warm weather. No matter if you use a sleeping bag or a quilt, you will need a sleeping pad, so check some of these. For heavy loads, you will need a reliable pack, so see these best expedition backpacks for men. Thank you for reading and have a nice day.

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