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The Zenbivy Light Quilt 10º may not be the perfect all-around quilt for everyone… but it’s darn close and has been working extremely well for me personally.
WHY QUILTS OVER SLEEPING BAGS?
Getting good sleep during a hunt is absolutely essential. If you’re not sleeping well, you’re more likely to cut your hunt short or just not perform as well… ask me how I know.
As a side-sleeper and a larger guy, I’ve always struggled with getting good sleep in sleeping bags, especially in colder conditions when using a mummy bag. I’ve always found sleeping bags to generally be too constricting and uncomfortable, whether it be around my shoulders, hips or in the footbox.
Sleeping bags are also, in general, heavier than quilts. When using a sleeping bag the material underneath you is completely compressed, effectively rendering that part of the insulation useless dead weight. Quilts eliminate this material, saving a bit of weight in most cases.
This innovative quilt offers a comfortable and versatile sleeping solution, addressing most of the issues I’ve had with sleeping bags. The Zenbivy Light Quilt solves the constriction problem with their Convertible footbox model which provides a more open and blanket-like design, allowing for freedom of movement and enhanced comfort.
When temps drop, you can create an enclosed footbox by simply connecting the hook and loop system and cinching the footbox closed. Being able to use the quilt as a big blanket is perhaps my favorite feature. This allows me to use the quilt in warmer temperatures whereas the equivalent sleeping bag would simply be way too hot.
The quilt is constructed with high-quality materials, using a 20D fabric on both the exterior as well as the interior of the quilt, which provides a comfortable and smooth feeling against the skin. Some ultralight quilts and sleeping bags use super thin 10D fabric which can feel a bit clammy and clingy.
The Zenbivy Light Quilt system includes a fitted top sheet and a sleeping pad, combining all the components into a comprehensive sleep solution. The quilt attaches to the top sheet, ensuring full coverage and eliminating drafts, while the sheet is connected to the sleeping pad to keep everything securely in place. While I was not able to test the complete system extensively, I’m hoping to have the opportunity to try it out and see how it performs.
In terms of pricing, the Zenbivy Light Quilt 10º is competitively priced compared to other options on the market. With a price point of around $350, it offers excellent value for its performance, versatility, and comfort. When compared to high-end ultralight quilts or hunting/mountaineering sleeping bags, the Zenbivy quilt provides a more affordable alternative without compromising on quality.
On the surface one of the main cons is the weight of the system. If you’ve come from ultralight backpacking or are just an ounce-counter by nature, you’ll immediately notice that the Zenbivy system is a bit heavier. However, if you really compare apples to apples especially with respect to the physical dimensions, the Zenbivy quilt remains competitive in my opinion.
For me personally, I’m not 100% sure the fitted sheet system adds a ton of value. I’m somewhat lazy, so having to pack the additional item and mess with it each day is not really up my alley. I’ll reserve final judgment on this feature until I’ve had a chance to really use it, but just knowing myself it’s more likely to stay at home or rolled up in the pack.
While not a true con, I will also mention that the 10º quilt is good up to about 60ºF at night. Beyond that, it’s just too warm and I’ve ended up kicking it off completely. Zenbivy does have options for warmer temps, just as their 40º quilt.
I've also noticed that Zenbivy does sometimes struggle to keep product in stock, but I guess that just shows that people are enjoying the products.
In summary, the Zenbivy Light Quilt 10º stands out as an impressive sleep system and for side sleepers and larger individuals like myself I think it’s a great solution. Its open/convertible foot box design, warmth, and overall performance make it a highly recommended choice. With its competitive price point and excellent value, the Zenbivy Light Quilt 10º is a worthy investment for campers and outdoor enthusiasts looking for a better sleeping solution.
GENERAL QUILT PRO TIPS
- Make sure you get the correct size that will provide enough material to keep you covered while on your side! Otherwise, drafts will ruin your sleep.
- Take the time to understand the different footbox options and think through which design will work best for you.
- If you can, go to a physical retail store where you can feel the difference between the different fabrics used... it can make a big difference in how well you sleep. Once you have an idea, you can then shop online with confidence.