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We tested prototype versions of the Ultra Quilt this past fall and early winter, with one going to experienced quilt user Ryan Jordan, and one to me, Steve Nelson, a first-time quilt user. We used the quilts in Montana, Wyoming, California and New York, in a range of configurations and shelters.

The Ultra provides generally-expected features like webbing straps for lashing it to a pad (the straps are removable) and a cinch cord at the neck, but adds the fresh touch of the WPB (waterproof-breathable) panels at head and foot.

We found that the quilt performed well across the board - the temperature rating may be a bit optimistic, but the range of the bag was easily extended using insulating layers of clothing, and the WPB panels did indeed provide an extra margin of protection against wetting out the down (though not in all conditions - more on that below).


  • Introduction
  • What's Good
  • Specifications: Manufacturer, Year/Model, Dimensions, Shell, Filling, Other Features, Accessories, Rating, MSRP, Weights
  • Performance
    • Field Testing
    • Assessment
  • What's Unique
  • Recommendations for Improvement

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