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Outdoor Vitals StormLoft Down TopQuilt Review

A great starter UL quilt that's durable enough for long haul trips and perfect for those who run cold
outdoor vitals stormloft down topquilt ultralight sleeping bag review
Credit: Outdoor Vitals
Price:  $280 List
Manufacturer:   Outdoor Vitals
By Justin Simoni ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Dec 21, 2022
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#12 of 18
  • Warmth - 30% 8.0
  • Weight - 25% 2.0
  • Comfort - 20% 7.0
  • Versatility - 15% 6.0
  • Features - 10% 7.0

Our Verdict

The StormLoft Down TopQuilt by Outdoor Vitals keeps you toasty when temps start to dip, while still allowing you to open the quilt up into blank-mode in more temperate conditions. This quilt features hydrophobic 800+ down and water resistant 10D fabric: durable enough to bring on a long-haul backpacking trip, while still packing down and keeping extraneous weight at a minimum. This may be the quilt for you if you're at or nearly 6 feet tall and broad in the shoulders, as the generous mummy-style design and long footbox accommodates well where other ultralight quilts may feel a little more constricted. Draft collar and pad attachment straps keep drafts to a minimum. Just don't forget to pair the StormLoft with a good balaclava and sleeping pad when using it at its limit: your head will still be exposed to the elements.
REASONS TO BUY
Roomy fit for an ultralight quilt
800+ hydrophobic down fill
Generous footbox
Great price
REASONS TO AVOID
Neck cinch strap gets in the way
Pad attachment straps delicate

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Pros Roomy fit for an ultralight quilt, 800+ hydrophobic down fill, generous footbox, great priceVery affordable, highly customizable, versatile, lots of featuresSuper simple and light, highest quality down, spacious and comfortableTruly ultralight, packs down well, good zipperVery inexpensive, versatile, good feature set
Cons Neck cinch strap gets in the way, pad attachment straps delicateLong wait for product to be custom made and shipped, foot box draw cord still leaves a little hole, lots of buttons and strapsNo zipper, hard to tell the difference between variable fill zones, must be paired with warm jacket, feet can get hot in warmer weather, not as versatile as other ultralight bagsNot very warm, tight around shouldersNot as warm as similar quilts, doesn't seal at the bottom very well
Bottom Line A great starter UL quilt that's durable enough for long haul trips and perfect for those who run coldOffers the versatility of sleeping under it as a blanket or fully wrapped up, with a huge range of customizable optionsA lightweight, variable fill, hoodless mummy without a zipper, designed to be used for alpine climbing in conjunction with a belay parkaThe Spark is a good fit for warm summer trips or truly ultralight applications. Bikepackers will especially love its tiny packed sizeA quilt with good features at an unbeatable price
Rating Categories Outdoor Vitals Stor... Enlightened Equipme... Feathered Friends V... Sea to Summit Spark... Hammock Gear Econom...
Warmth (30%)
8.0
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8.0
5.0
6.0
Weight (25%)
2.0
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7.0
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Comfort (20%)
7.0
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Versatility (15%)
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Features (10%)
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Specs Outdoor Vitals Stor... Enlightened Equipme... Feathered Friends V... Sea to Summit Spark... Hammock Gear Econom...
Manufacturer Stated Temperature Rating 15F 20F 25F lower half, 45F upper half 40F 20F
Measured weight, bag only (ounces) 27.8 oz 20.9 oz 16.4 oz 12.4 oz 25.0 oz
Stuffed Size 7.5" x 10" 7" x 12" 7" x 10" 4" x 7" 6" x 10"
Stuff Sack Weight 0.2 oz 0.6 oz 0.8 oz 1.0 oz 0.6 oz
Manufacturer Claimed Weight 23 oz 20.2 oz 16.7 oz 12.0 oz 22.2 oz
Fill Weight 16.2 oz 13.0 oz 9.4 oz 6.3 oz 13.2 oz
Shell Material 10D Ripstop Nylon w/DWR 10D nylon fabric Pertex Endurance UL 70D nylon 20D nylon taffeta
Fill Power 800 fill down 850 Downtek 950+ goose down 850+ goose down 800 fill duck down
Style Mummy Quilt Hoodless, zipperless mummy Hooded mummy Quilt
Construction Bottom: continuous horizontal baffles
Top: continuous vertical baffles
U-shaped baffled quilt No hood, no zipper and a variable fill Sewn through baffles Box baffle consruction
Shoulder Girth 56" 55" 64" 59" 55"
Hip Girth 48" 55" 48" 51" 50"
Foot Girth 44" 55" 38" 35" 45"
Zipper Length No Zipper 1/3-length at bottom No zipper 1/2-length 1/3-length at bottom
Sizes Regular, long Short/regular, regular/regular, regular/wide/ long/wide 62", 68", and 74" Regular, long Short, standard, long, wide-short, wide-standard, wide-long
Temp Options (degrees Fahrenheit) 0, 15, 30F 10, 20, 30, 40F 25, 45F 5, 18, 28, 40F 0, 10, 20, 30, 40F

Our Analysis and Test Results

Quilt-curious, but a little turned off by the price of entry? The Outdoor Vitals StormLoft Down TopQuilt may be a good choice for you to dip your toes into quilt-life, without completely blowing your trip budget. The 800+ down and 10D fabric is performant, yet durable enough for many seasons of use. The generous width and length, as well as the draft collar around the neck and spacious footbox will keep you comfortable while getting your shuteye. There's lighter options out there, but they'll cost twice as much. For all but the most hardcore ULers, the StormLoft should be seriously considered, especially if you're looking for a three season quilt and run a bit colder than your trail buddies.

Performance Comparison



outdoor vitals stormloft down topquilt ultralight sleeping bag review - the stormloft is wider than many other quilts, allowing for tons of...
The StormLoft is wider than many other quilts, allowing for tons of room underneath sandwhiched between your sleeping pad.
Credit: Justin Simoni

Warmth


The 15 degree limit rating of the Outdoor Vitals StormLoft Down TopQuilt is attained using the 16.23 ounces of Outdoor Vitals own HyperDry hydrophobic 800+ down fill - more than half of the full weight of the quilt itself. The hybrid baffle design: continuous vertical baffles on the top and continuous horizontal baffles on the bottom, plus a draft collar near the neck keeps all this down where you want it. The generous foot box did a fine job at keeping our feet toasty. The included pad straps do a good job at stopping drafts from escaping from the side of the quilt. And of course, if temperatures climb, you can loosen the draft collar and pad straps to utilize the quilt more like a blanket.

outdoor vitals stormloft down topquilt ultralight sleeping bag review - the footbox of the outdoor vitals stormloft topquilt easily...
The footbox of the Outdoor Vitals StormLoft TopQuilt easily swallowed up our tester's size 46 feet.
Credit: Justin Simoni

To use this quilt at such a low temperature - well below freezing, we would suggest getting a good sleeping pad with at least an R value of 3 - and upwards of 5 if you can find one, as well as employing a suitable down hood/balaclava as your head will be sticking out of the quilt itself and exposed to the elements around it. The approx. 76" length of the quilt does allow one to burrow into the quilt completely if temps go much colder than expected, even for the our 5' 11" tester.

outdoor vitals stormloft down topquilt ultralight sleeping bag review - a must-have accessory for a quilt with a limit rating of 15f - like...
A must-have accessory for a quilt with a limit rating of 15F - like the Outdoor Vitals StormLoft, is a proper insulated balaclava which complements the quilt and keeps your head as insulated as your body.
Credit: Justin Simoni


Weight


We weighed the Outdoor Vitals StormLoft Down TopQuilt at 27.8 ounces - a few ounces more than the manufacturer's stated weight. The 800+ fill power, along with the 10D fabric used throughout keeps this quilt's weight down to ultralight levels when looking at its 15F limit rating, while still being quite durable for long-term usage on a thru-hike.

There's not a whole lot of extra fat to be trimmed from the StormLoft, but it does measure generously in both width and length compared to its ultralight brethren, being especially wide at the shoulders, before tapering down at the hips.

outdoor vitals stormloft down topquilt ultralight sleeping bag review - packability and weight is admirable for the stormloft 15, thanks to...
Packability and weight is admirable for the StormLoft 15, thanks to the 800 fill down, and 10D interior and exterior fabric.
Credit: Justin Simoni


Comfort


The 71" width and 76" length of the Outdoor Vitals StormLoft Down TopQuilt fit our main 5'11", 190lb tester surprisingly well, given that they were near the 6' stated size limit for the regular-sized quilt. We especially enjoyed the roomy toebox, which kept our feet extra warm, and the included draft collar. We just wish the draft collar's cinch strap wasn't front and center, as it had a tendency to rest on our face while snoozing. Pad attachment straps worked well enough and kept drafts at bay.

outdoor vitals stormloft down topquilt ultralight sleeping bag review - once properly adjusted, the built-in draft collar of the outdoor...
Once properly adjusted, the built-in draft collar of the Outdoor Vitals StormLoft works excellently to seal in your body from the outside.
Credit: Justin Simoni


Versatility


The Outdoor Vitals StormLoft Down TopQuilt makes a great three-season backpacking quilt for those who run a little cold. Being a quilt, it can also be easily opened up and be utilized as a blanket when temps do get warmer, allowing you to make use of this quilt comfortable in a wide range of temperatures. But we wouldn't suggest this quilt for truly wintry nights out, as 15F is truly the limit and not the comfort rating.

outdoor vitals stormloft down topquilt ultralight sleeping bag review - the stormloft is wider than many other quilts, allowing for tons of...
The StormLoft is wider than many other quilts, allowing for tons of room underneath.
Credit: Justin Simoni


Packability is quite good for such a warm quilt. The included stuff sack measures 7.5" x 10", although there's room to compress it further if one desires. The charitable footbox doesn't have a way to stick your feet out the end, so it's not the best quilt to use if you like to be wrapped up burrito-style in the early morning while making coffee and breaky. This footbox may also make it difficult to get your feet out if you decide to use the quilt in a hammock.

Both the HyperDry hydrophobically treated down and the VitalDry shell fabric are water resistant, so if the weather does turn wet, your quilt will fare well to resist wetting out, and this will help the quilt dry out faster before packing it up.

outdoor vitals stormloft down topquilt ultralight sleeping bag review - we found using the stormloft worked best in a tight bivy sack when...
We found using the Stormloft worked best in a tight bivy sack when it was used in sleeping bag mode.
Credit: Justin Simoni


Features


The Outdoor Vitals StormLoft Down TopQuilt has a multitude of features we come to expect from a top-tier quilt, like the hybrid baffle design and oodles of down fill, as we highlighted when talking about its weight. Complementary to this is the additional draft collar which really helps with keeping warm air from escaping from the top of the quilt. This draft collar can be cinched to comfortably fit tight around the neck, although we were a bit perturbed to find that the cinch is the middle of the quilt, with the end easily falling onto our face while we slept - we prefer to see cinches out to the sides to prevent this problem.

outdoor vitals stormloft down topquilt ultralight sleeping bag review - the neck cinch strap of the stormloft is located in the middle of...
The neck cinch strap of the StormLoft is located in the middle of the quilt, which can interact with your face during the night.
Credit: Justin Simoni

The quilt is generously sized at the shoulders, and smoothly tapers to the hips - what Outdoor Vitals calls a, "mummy" shape. The footbox is especially roomy and able to keep our feet extra toasty, even when we employ our shortest pad with the Stormloft. The quilt itself can be attached to your sleeping pad by a pair of conventional pad straps which do work well in keeping drafts from escaping. The strap attachment points on the quilt itself can be snapped together to put the quilt into "sleeping bag mode", although you won't be very sealed, and air will be able to pass through the area between the attachment points.

outdoor vitals stormloft down topquilt ultralight sleeping bag review - the two pad straps provided with the outdoor vitals stormloft work...
The two pad straps provided with the Outdoor Vitals StormLoft work well to keep drafts to a minimum, and are adjustable enough to work with most any pad you may already have.
Credit: Justin Simoni


Should You Buy the Outdoor Vitals StormLoft Down TopQuilt?


We think the Stormloft is a solid choice for those looking to get into ultralight backpacking, and using a quilt instead of a sleeping bag in general. The temperature rating limit gives you a little flub room while you dial in the rest of your sleep system for three season backing, the materials are quality, and the quilt is durable enough to be used for many seasons in the future. It may not be the lightest quilt out there or pack down the smallest, but it's a solid, middle of the road choice to get you out the door, and sleeping soundly underneath a panorama of stars.

outdoor vitals stormloft down topquilt ultralight sleeping bag review - a snap keeps the the outdoor vitals stormloft draft collar around...
A snap keeps the the Outdoor Vitals StormLoft draft collar around your neck, but it can take a little practice to successfully close it - especially if you've skipped yoga practice for the past several years.
Credit: Justin Simoni


What Other Ultralight Sleeping Bags Should You Consider?


Not many other sleeping bags in our reviews are rated for temps as low as the Stormloft, but have a look at the Enlightened Equipment Revelation 20, a great buy for the features it packs; and the ZPacks Classic: another solid choice for when the temps start to dip. We suggest utilizing both of these choices with an additional balaclava.

outdoor vitals stormloft down topquilt ultralight sleeping bag review - pad strap points can be attached to themselves to convert the quilt...
Pad strap points can be attached to themselves to convert the quilt into sleeping bag mode.
Credit: Justin Simoni

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