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Enlightened Equipment Prodigy Review


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Overall avg rating 4.2 of 5 based on 2 reviews. Most recent review: April 23, 2015
Price:   $215
Pros:  Lightweight for synthetic insulation, highly versatile.
Cons:  Not as comfortable or as warm as traditional style synthetic bags.
Best Uses:  Backpacking in very wet conditions.
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Manufacturer:   Enlightened Equipment
Review by: Chris McNamara ⋅ Founder and Editor-in-Chief, OutdoorGearLab ⋅ April 23, 2015  
The Enlightened Equipment Prodigy is the lightest synthetic sleeping bag we've tested.

Ordering it is not very convenient, as this bag is not available from major retailers, and only directly from the small manufacturer in MN (made-to-order, involving long delays in delivery). But, if you can get past the idea of ordering a custom-made bag, you might find this bag a contender. For colder temperatures and soaking wet conditions we prefer the heavier and warmer Mountain Hardwear Ultralamina 15 which is available from most major online retailers.

See how this bag compares to the others tested at our Ultralight Sleeping Bag Review.

The 15-degree version weighs 31.7 ounces on our scale. This is our top rated bag for wet weather backpacking in warmer temperatures. It is much more versatile than traditional style sleeping bags and it uses top quality insulation that's more durable than most others.

New Version Update - April 2015
The Prodigy has gotten a makeover. See below for additional details!

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OutdoorGearLab Editors' Hands-on Review

New Version of the Prodigy vs. The Older Version

The Prodigy has been redesigned! Now available at retail for $170, this lightweight synthetic insulation can be purchased in 20, 30, 40, and 50 degree versions, as well as in short, regular, and long; and slim, regular, or wide. To further customize your purchase, you can choose the inner and outside fabric options and you can also purchase optional weather-resistant stripes (+0.75oz on 10D shell) for an extra $20.

Below is a side-by-side comparison that will help you note any differences; we have contacted Enlightened Equipment to confirm any additional changes since we last reviewed this bag. The newest version can be found on the left and the older version is pictured on the right.

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The Prodigy is the only synthetic quilt we've tested. It uses the same basic design as the company's Revelation down quilt, except it has top quality synthetic insulation that keeps you warm when wet.


The 15 degree version of the Prodigy is roughly as warm as the 20-degree traditional style synthetic bags we've tested; in dry conditions the bag is cozy into the thirties.

The Prodigy is limited to some degree by its lack of hood. Hooded bags are warmer and, unfortunately, quilts don't have hoods. We also don't know of anyone that makes a separate synthetic insulated hood. Thus, the synthetic quilt is not ideal for the coldest wet conditions or for hanging around in a tent for days at a time. This author, who has spent over three months soaking wet in Patagonia in synthetic bags, prefers a hooded synthetic bag for extended mountaineering trips in wet conditions where you might be tent bound for one or more days. For backpacking the Prodigy is more than than warm enough. The synthetic quilt is the best tool for lightweight trips where reliability is paramount to success, enjoyment, or safety.

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Weight and Packed Size

Synthetic insulation nominally compressible compared to down, but the Prodigy offers the lowest weight and greatest compressibility of any synthetic bag we've tested.


Quilts are the most versatile type of sleeping bag. A synthetic quilt offers several advantages for wet weather travel: they can be draped around your body and can be opened up flat, which allows them to dry faster. This latter point is particularly useful on long trips. Unzip the Prodigy and hang it up in the sun or the wind and it dries remarkably fast.


The Prodigy is as comfortable as the company's Revelation quilt minus the super soft and cozy benefits of down insulation.

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The Prodigy is a good value for weight and conscious wet weather adventurers. The Mountain Hardwear Ultralamina 15 can be found for up to $50 less, but it weighs 12 ounces more.

How To Get It

Enlightened Equipment quilts are not sold by major online or commercial retailers. Order online at http://www.enlightenedequipment.com. Read an interview transcript with Enlightened Equipment's founder, Tim Marshall, here.

Other Versions

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Enlightened Equipment Revelation
  • Cost - $250
  • Best Buy Award Winner!
  • 850-Fill Down,
  • Weight - 19oz (on 30*F bag)
  • Excellent quality, custom quilt bag!
  • Available in 0, 10, 20, 30, 40 and 50*F styles

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Most recent review: April 23, 2015
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   May 30, 2013 - 12:52pm
whoofit · Backpacker · new england
After spending a lot of time deliberating sleeping bag versus quilt and down versus synthetic I chose the Prodigy 40f quilt. After receiving itwas impressed by the flawless quality. I also received it a full week early.
So far my experience using this quilt has been wonderful. First time out was in 35f weather. I slept under the stars really digging the loose wide fit and long length, even though I am only 5'11" 205lb. I was toasty on the ground with only a light base layer and a Ridgerest pad.
On a recent hike I decided to test the synth vs down decision. At 52f I slept in an open hammock. Around 2am it began to rain. It rained for 3 hours and dropped .4". This quilt not only kept me totally warm when soaked, it also kept me mostly dry. It was only when the hammock filled with water puddles that I was uncomfortable. I was impressed. Best part was it dried in no time that day.
So far my decision was good. It provides synth summertime capability for less weight than my marmot hydrogen, more room, as insulative as, and Is more bomb proof too.
Now, I get a 20f Revelation in reg wide as as lower temp bag and also use combined with the Prodigy for dead of winter warmth. Using the Prodigy as the outer bag for condensation protection of the down filled Revelation.

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
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