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Bottomless Comfort for Backcountry Hunts: Stone Glacier 32-Degree Chilkoot Quilt Review

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Stone Glacier has developed a down comforter specially designed for backpack hunting.

A quilt might not be the first thing you think of when making a backcountry gear list. hunt. It has certainly never been on mine.

Quilts for hiking and camping have been around for ages, but when it comes to hunting-specific quilts, there aren’t as many options. Of course, many hiking and camping gear are pretty universal. I know a lot of my trusted hunt camp gear is old multi-colored backpacking gear from college.

That said, the The Stone Glacier 32 Degree Chilkoot Quilt is a piece aimed specifically at backcountry hunters.

From appearance to use, the Chilkoot quilt is inspired by many sleeping bag design elements. But the big difference is the lack of a back or bottom. It’s completely open at the back, with straps to hold it in place on an insulated sleeping pad. The concept is that compressed down doesn’t insulate you much anyway, so why wear it?

So, is an open-back sleeping bag worth adding to your backcountry kit?

I took it out into the wild to see for myself.

In short: The Stone Glacier Chilkoot Quilt might change what I’m packing for the start of the season and for ultralight backpack hunts. It cuts weight in all the right places and the increased comfort level over my previous sleep system was the real deciding factor. I dig it.

Stone Glacier 32 Degree Chilkoot Quilt Review

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Stone Glacier has had sleeping bags in its Chilkoot sleep systems collection for a while, but this is the first quilt in the line. best known for hunting backpacksStone Glacier slowly expanded its offering, including tents, sleep systems, and apparel.

The Stone Glacier 32 Degree Chilkoot Quilt ($425) is an open-back sleeping system with straps designed to hold your sleeping pad.

That said, you need to have a high-quality sleeping pad to make it a working system. Stone Glacier does not offer sleeping pads (yet), but any sleeping pad with a high R-value will do.

Chilkoot Quilt Straps

The quilt weighs 1 pound 6.6 ounces. If we are to compare it to any of Stone Glacier’s full sleeping bags, the Chilkoot Quilt is 12.4 ounces lighter than the Chilkoot 15 Degree. sleeping bag.

Filled with 12 ounces of 850+ gray goose down, the Chilkoot duvet is lightweight and incredibly insulating. The shell is made of Pertex Quantum material which is quilted with vertical baffles to keep the down in place.

What sets this design apart from many other hiking quilts is the foot box and neck seal. The Chilkoot quilt has an enclosed foot box, giving it a sleeping bag feel. It also features a neck seal system that wraps around the top, keeping the heat in and the cold out.

The elastic straps allow a secure attachment to your sleeping bag and also offer the possibility of adjustment. You can tighten the straps to retain more heat and loosen them to allow some room to breathe.

A nice addition to the quilt is the inclusion of a storage bag and storage bag. This allows for tight packing as well as loose storage to keep your duvet tall.

put it to the test

Stone Glacier Chilkoot
Mandatory Nalgene size comparison; (photo/Rachelle Schrute)

I was excited to get my hands on it for several reasons.

First: I never would have considered going out of my way to add this to my gear stack. The idea of ​​what amounts to an open back sleeping bag just didn’t appeal to me. I understand the weight and space savings, but I didn’t feel like it solved a problem I currently had.

Second: I tend to get excited about products that reduce weight. I don’t particularly appreciate carrying more than necessary.

My first impressions were mixed. The Chilkoot quilt felt like a high quality sleeping bag, which I expected. The lack of zippers was nice, but the strap system felt odd. Both the stuff sack and stuff sack were quite minimalistic and simple, in keeping with the feel of Stone Glacier.

As soon as I inflated my sleeping pad and started configuring how this attached to this, those dull feelings began to shine a little. Once I plugged everything in and made my way inside, I got it.

With the straps loose, it’s more of a bed than a sleeping bag. There is leeway to ventilate without decompressing. The foot box keeps your feet locked in the same way as a sleeping bag, with the ability to easily slip one foot in and kick one leg up into the cool air.

The tightening of the straps makes everything sealed and comfortable. The neck seal construction stops unwanted drafts on your chest and core without feeling claustrophobic.

Stone Glacier Chilkoot
Immediately after unboxing and setting up before the duvet has even had a chance to plump up for a mid-summer trip; (photo/Rachelle Schrute)

I stayed there for one night in 45 degrees and was absolutely comfortable. It had all the capabilities of my lightweight season pack without that unnecessary extra weight.

I also spent a night there at 65 degrees, and that was a game changer for me. The ability to use it loosely and get the airflow I wanted when I got too hot without having to decompress, meant a better quality night’s sleep. I didn’t have to reconfigure to find that perfect temperature.

Advantages

  • It is small and light.
  • It allows you to customize your sleep environment between warm and cool.
  • It’s comfortable.

The inconvenients

  • A sleeping pad is required.
  • If you don’t have a high-quality sleeping pad, you may not enjoy sleeping directly on it.
  • It’s a bit expensive.

Not necessarily a disadvantage, but it’s worth noting: there are ultralight sleeping bags in the same temperature class that are lighter than this duvet. If you’re counting ounces, this is an important thing to know.

Test Tip: I found that using a thin sleeping bag liner on my pad made it more comfortable. I also learned that they do sleeping pad sheetswhich would be a light and easy upgrade to this system.

Is the Stone Glacier Chilkoot Quilt Worth It?

Is it a necessary item that everyone needs? Probably not. At $425, that’s quite an investment for a quilt you really can’t use all year round. For a slight increase in price, you can get one of Stone Glacier’s Chilkoot sleeping bags and use them all year round.

Is this a valuable addition for someone who hunts with a backpack in varying conditions early to mid-season? Absolutely.

As someone who hunts a lot, this will find its place at eye level, front and center of my gear rack. I can see this being an asset when hunting early season archery when the sun can be brutal, but there is always the threat of a chill in the wee hours of the morning.

I also see it being used in a wall tent deer camp, when the stove makes the tent too hot or too cold. And I will use it in the back of my truck for late season fishing.

An added surprise was that it reminded me how much I love hammock camping. Can’t wait to put this in my old hammock for ultralight deep travels.

It might not be a necessity, but it’s something I’m glad to have in my gear pile.

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