Originally Posted by cataraftgirl
Hope you like the top quilt. A bit different than a sleeping bag. No zipper to snag, and a lot easier to get in and out of. For cold weather trips, I still use my down sleeping bag, but the top quilt goes on all other trips.
I have debated going that way to save weight for backpacking. For rafting we just use cheapo fleece blankets and cotton sheets in the heat of summer with little problem.
But the quilt idea makes so much sense. I know many traditional sleeping bag designers are now reducing the amount of fill on the bottom of their bags. My newest bag does something like 70/30%. I think the quilt movement also inspired them to change the zipper on my bag to be complete and allow me to use it as a duvet for warmer weather. But I paid a wicked price to have that combo.
I remember when Ray Jardine was first writing about his quilts more than a decade ago. Granted people may have been turned off by him recommending sleeping in leaves as well