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    I'm finding increasingly that I just cannot sleep properly in a sleeping bag so have been looking for alternatives. I noticed Yeti (http://www.yetiworld.com/en/produkte...er/faith0.html) make a down blanket. Size-wise it looks pretty big so should be able to tuck it in if necessary and I sleep ridiculously hot anyway so am not too worried about cold (although I'd probably use a proper sleeping bag in winter still). I wondered if anyone had any experience or opinions on them?

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    Have you considered something like the quilts made by katabatic gear? Excellent solution albeit pricey...

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    Would think that proper quilts are certainly more likely to work well for this sort of thing. Several small USA cottage industry folk seemingly doing rather nice ones but it won't be cheap. Otherwise midly elusive as the 'big' mainstream folk haven't really caught on.

    This from PHD is maybe the closest in the UK and even then its not quite a 'proper' backpacking quilt.

    Thermarest are doing a couple and there may be UK stockists somewhere: here or here. Ultralightoutdoors gear might stock Golite's ones in time too: this (but seemingly a major overhaul planned from Golites sight.).

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    I've looked at quilts but as you say they're expensive (absurdly so from what I've seen, especially once you take in the likely import duty) and hard to get hold of in this country. That Golite 1 looks a decent option but it's not available from ultralightoutdoors any more and I think they're only selling their stuff on their own website now. Had a little search for the thermarest 1 but it's mostly out of stock or ebay which I'm not going to use for various reasons.

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    Maybe worth asking ULG if they're going to get stock of the Golite quilts in before commiting - iirc they were (at least at one point) the one UK stockist for golite even after they switched to direct selling.

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    If you're feeling rich you might check out the quilts of Enlightened enquipment, they have some made from Cuben. Never worry about wetness anymore....

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    Double Down quilts work remarkably well if you're lucky enough to go camping with your partner.

    Warmer and lighter than 2 bags by some margin.

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    Ended up ordering an Enlightened Revelation X 30. Price was more reasonable than any other quilt and it's still going to be light and small. Got it in the largest size so should be able to cope with my night time flailing!

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    I have a Revelation X 20 and its top notch.

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    i do not know if this in what your looking for but i've been looking at the thermarest ventra blanket its going for about £100.

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    Isn't a down blanket a duvet/continental quilt best aquired from your local bedding specialist?

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    Well yes but that'll be rather heavy PHD do a super light down blanket. The more 'formal' backpacking quilts are something like headless, backless sleeping bags.

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    PHD do single or double down quilts

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    Have a look at:
    http://www.hammockgear.com/quilts/. Adam & Jen are great guys and produce excellent products. Cottage American company that will ship to UK

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