The Arc UL quilts are designed for optimal efficiency in the environments met by long distance hikers.
Custom features including sizing and weight saving options.
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Update, Feb 2020:
The 10°F Arc UL is designed to provide sleeping comfort in the western US mountains from March to November.
The primary role of our warmest Arc UL is to help notoriously cold sleepers staying comfortable during normal 3 season high mountain backpacking. For some users it could suffice in mild winter conditions. However, it's still a quilt with the typical draft issues and potential mixing of inside/outside air while shifting and turning over.
Planning to use any zipper less quilt on a prolonged winter trip is not a smart idea. Instead please consider the 3D Quilt.
Fill and Loft
The loft is a minimum of 3.25” Fill volume is detailed in the chart, and offer further insight into whether this quilt will meet your needs.
The length is in 4" increments defined by measurements plus X-Small to X-Long descriptors. Using this system you can choose how far up the quilt reaches when on your back. In open mode reaching just the chin level is the absolute shortest anyone should go, and then only on quilts for the warmer seasons. Reaching the user's forehead is the best compromise of low weight - efficient coverage. As always, it is prudent to size up if in doubt. If just a little too short one tends to compress the foot area insulation to the detriment of cold toes.
The shoulder and foot area widths can be customized for individual needs and sizing. Newcomers to backcountry quilts can experiment with a blanket before committing to a sizing setup.
Foot End Design
The 10°F Arc UL is built with a permanently closed foot section of about 16" to 20" length and then finished with a round bottom piece. A design common with high-end mummy bags.
Shell Material Choices
Immediate apologies for the complexity of the following!
We offer the discerning user options to fine tune the performance of the Arc UL via a series of technical shell materials.
Ultralight: 10d ultralight breathable shell.
This ultralight fabric creates a comfortable sleep environment at the lowest weight. It will, however, wet out and transfer moisture to the down if exposed to prolonged dew, mist and damp tents. On the other hand, the superior breathability allows it to dry quickly in the sun. Ideal for moderately dry weather, desert hikes; or anywhere with a traditional double walled tent.
Classic: 15d lightweight breathable shell.
Nearly the same properties as the ultralight material above, but a significant increase in durability and tear strength. Expect a weight increase of up to 2 ounces, depending on size.
Full Moisture protection: 7d ultralight waterproof/breathable shell.
With this as your outer material there’s minimal concern about external moisture migrating to the down. Also, the lesser breathability boosts the temperature rating a small amount.
The choice for wet environments, ‘cowboy camping’ and for users of flat tarps wanting to eliminate the bivy bag. The 7d wp/b is coated fabric, yet has a very light denier count, and as such adds under 5% to the total weight over the 10d option.
Combo of above two: A combination of 10d15d breathable and 7d wp/b shells.
With 7d wp/b only covering the outer foot section and top draft collar you can protect the down where it matters the most, while leaving the large mid section fully breathable. For use in the modern single wall tent where rampant condensation often collides with the lower end of sleeping bags. Also, the draft collar is protected from moist exhalations. A very versatile setup.
Look closely at the configuration table below, in order to select precisely what suits your use.
Liner Material Choices
The worst long term wear on quilt fabrics is the inside liner material. If you want to break with true UltraLight traditions, and risk adding up to 2 ounces (!!) of weight, the Arc UL can be upgraded to our soft, durable 20d Taffeta black liner, specifically developed for sleeping bags.
Besides the custom sourced shell and liner materials, we also consider shock cords, buckles, snaps and other notions as specific targets for UL optimization, further shaving grams.
What's in the box?
The quilt, a set of quilt straps, a silnylon stuffsack and a large breathable storage sack.
We also have additional articles with helpful pointers on selection and design:
Go to the bottom of this page for the full Arc UL Configuration Menu.
Arc UL 10°F in the stock forest green 10d shell.
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