Sea to Summit Ember Quilt Overview [2022] BikeHikeSafari

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This can be a gear assessment in regards to the Sea to Summit Ember Quilt vary in 2022.

The backpacking quilt assessment covers the entire Sea to Summit Ember Quilt Vary. I’ve targeted the on the Sea to Summit Ember 25F additionally know because the Ember III which I’ve spent a while testing.

All of the Sea to Summit Ember Quilts use 850+ UltraDry down. The ultralight 10D outer shell material coated with a DWR end. The 7D inside material is just not solely gentle however permits the Ember Quilt to pack to very small dimension. All of the Ember Quilts use the identical type of straps to attach the quilt to the sleeping mat.

There have been a few upgrades to the quilts during the last couple of years. These upgrades improved the Ember quilt however the strap attachment system nonetheless wants a bit of labor for the quilt to one of the best quilt attainable.

Maintain studying to search out out extra in regards to the Sea to Summit Ember quilts.


Sea to Summit Ember Quilt Specs


Sea To Summit Ember EBI 50F Quilt Overview

Sea to Summit Ember I Review

Weight: 14.8 oz / 420 grams
Down Fill: 7.1 oz / 200 grams
Sleeping Bag Cloth Weight (with out down): 7.7 oz / 220 grams
Down Fill Energy: 850+
Hyperdry Down: Sure
Whole Down Loft in Cubic Inches: 6035 cubic inches of down loft
Foot Field: Cinch wire
Stuff Sack: Sure, a compression stuff sack
Stuff Sack: XXS
Stuff Sack Compressed Quantity: 1.8L


Sea To Summit Ember EBII 35F Quilt Overview

Sea To Summit Ember II review

Weight: 21.2 oz / 600 grams
Down Fill: 12.3 oz / 350 grams
Sleeping Bag Cloth Weight (with out down): 8.9 oz / 250 grams
Down Fill Energy: 850+
Hyperdry Down: Sure
Whole Down Loft in Cubic Inches: 10455 cubic inches of down loft
Foot Field: Cinch Wire
Stuff Sack: Sure, a compression stuff sack
Stuff Sack: XS
Stuff Sack Compressed Quantity: 3.7L


Sea To Summit Ember EBIII 25F Quilt Overview

Sea to Summit Ember III review

Weight: 25.6 oz / 725 grams
Down Fill: 17.6 oz / 500 grams
Sleeping Bag Cloth Weight (with out down): 8 oz / 225 grams
Down fill energy: 850+
Hyperdry Down: Sure
Whole Down Loft in Cubic Inches: 14960 cubic inches of down loft
Foot Field: Enclosed sewn field baffles
Stuff Sack: Sure, a compression stuff sack
Stuff Sack: S
Stuff Sack Compressed Quantity: 5.4L


Ember III foot box
Ember EBIII with the totally enclosed baffled foot field as used throughout gear testing

Sea To Summit Ember Quilt – Overview

The Sea to Summit Ember has solely been round just a few brief years. Since its introduction the Ember Quilt has made a number of enhancements together with:

  • elevated the down loft to 850+ fill UltraDry down (2019 improve)
  • decreased the denier weight of the material to 7D inside and 10D outer materials (2019 improve)
  • elevated the shoulder room a bit (2019 improve)
  • improved the foot field closures to seal within the heat higher (2019 improve)
  • use a brand new PFC free DWR end (2022 improve)
  • added the QuiltLock system to permit the Ember Quilt to connect to any and the entire Sea to Summit Sleeping bag vary (2022 improve)

Over time there was a steady enchancment within the Ember Quilt from Sea to Summit.

In contrast to all of the Sea to Summit Sleeping Bag vary, the Ember Quilts should not ISO or EN rated because the testing for quilts. However in my expertise the temperature scores utilized by the corporate are fairly correct.

However have these upgrades achieved sufficient to enhance the Sea to Summit Ember Quilt.

See how the Ember Quilt compares to all the opposite backpacking quilt manufacturers:
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Down sort / fill energy

The Sea to Summit Ember Quilt is full of 850+ UltraDry Goose Down in 2022. That is the top quality down used on any Sea to Summit sleeping bag or quilt. It isn’t solely light-weight but it surely additionally has good water resistance qualities as they use the water repellent down.

Once you buy a Sea to Summit Quilt you’ll get a certificates from the Worldwide Down Feather Laboratory (IDFL). This certificates will state precisely what Responsibly Sourced Down was utilized in your Sea to Summit Ember quilt.

Once I opened my new Ember Quilt the down was a barely increased fill of UltraDry down. The said 850+ down is the minimal customary that Sea to summit have dedicated to place in your Ember Quilt. Generally that batch of down could also be a bit of increased however by no means decrease. Not all corporations present this data.

Ember 850+ loft down

Building

Let’s check out how the Ember backpacking quilt is made with the options such because the Internal and Outer Shell materials, baffles, foot field, draft tubes, the way it connects to the sleeping pad and climate resistance.


Outer Shell material

The exterior face material of the Sea to Summit Ember Quilts are constructed from an ultralight 10 Denier Ripstop Nylon which is coated with an up to date PFC-free DWR end. The DWR coating stop drops of water from getting into the quilt by permitting them to bead and run off the face material. The material could be very gentle but additionally very sturdy.

When testing the Ember quilt I poured numerous water onto the quilt to check the standard of the material and DWR coating. It exceeded expectation on the climate resistance, however extra on that later.

General, the material seems to be fairly sturdy sturdy however I did have a difficulty with the buttons that connect to the mat straps. Extra on that later.


Internal material

The Sea to Summit Ember quilt makes use of a 7D inside ripstop nylon material. It has an excellent really feel and seems to be fairly sturdy.

Sea To Summit Ember 7D inner fabric
Ember 7D Internal Cloth as seen throughout testing

Climate resistance

As talked about earlier than, I did pour a whole lot of water onto the quilt to simulate being caught in rain or having a leaking tent. The quantity of water I utilized in testing was considerably extra that you’d count on in regular use. In actual fact, greater than you’d count on in excessive conditions.

In the course of the testing the material and DWR end did a tremendous job of conserving the down dry. A small quantity received in by the stitching but it surely had completely no have an effect on on the lofting capability of the UltraDry down which repelled the water.

General, this bag can be appropriate to sleep outdoors on a moist night time when the condensation comes down and makes every part damp. This quilt is not less than equal to or higher than some other backpacking quilt available on the market for climate resistance.

Disclaimer: I don’t advocate that you simply pour a few bottles of water over your backpacking quilt to check the water resistance, however if you happen to did, you’d discover it does an excellent job.

Sea to Summit Ember Quilt water resistant fabric
Intensive testing of the water resistance of the Ember Quilt

Baffles

The Ember EBII and Ember EBIII use boxed baffles in a mix of vertical and horizontal baffles to stop down shift whereas sleeping at night time. The Ember EBI makes use of the ultralight sewn by baffles to maintain weight to a minimal.

General, there’s not a lot to fault with the baffles and down fill within the quilts. They work as they need to. I might have preferred a bit of extra down stuffed into every baffle however solely as a result of I personally like an overstuffed quilt. The hand hotter pockets and neck collar are very effectively filled with down.

Sea to Summit Ember Quilt baffles
Testing the Ember Quilt

The Ember Quilt collection options both a completely enclosed foot field or a drawcord cinch wire foot field. The cinch wire permits the foot field to open and shut as wanted. The Ember EB I and Ember EB II have the drawcord system and the Ember EB III has the totally enclosed baffled foot field.

I favor the totally enclosed baffled foot field on quilts to be used in colder temperatures. However after I need a quilt to be used in hotter climate the cinch wire on the foot field is the desire. Thus, I like how the colder rated Ember quilt has the enclosed foot field. And the nice and cozy rated Ember to be used on hotter climate has the drawcord closure.

The foot field can slip over the top of your sleeping mat or the entire of the foot field can sit above the sleeping pad. Each work good. However the backside attachment straps are too small to make use of.

General, there’s nothing to fault and the foot field system works effectively on all of the Ember Vary. It does the job of conserving your ft heat. The enhancements made over time guarantee a a lot better closure system.

Ember EBI with the closed drawcord foot field

Draft Collar

There isn’t any hood on the Ember quilt which is regular on all backpacking quilts. Hoods don’t do effectively on quilts and not one of the prime manufacturers together with Sea to Summit use a hood. However and not using a hood you want an excellent system in place to stop chilly drafts getting into across the neck.

The Sea to Summit Ember passes the draft take a look at through the use of hand heaters inside the highest of the bag which can be utilized to position your arms in and pull the bag tight round your neck. The hand heaters are beneficiant in dimension and look like overstuffed with down as they’re very effectively packed. It additionally has a drawstring on the neck space to tighten the highest of the bag to scale back draft from getting into. The neck collar additionally seems to be beneficiant in dimension and effectively filled with down.

General, the Sea to Summit Ember Quilt does an excellent job of conserving you heat.

Ember side sleep quilt
Not a lot likelihood of draft stepping into the quilt

Ember Quilt Sleeping Pad Attachment System

If I could be vital of 1 factor in regards to the Sea to Summit Ember Quilt it’s the sleeping pad attachment straps and the system it makes use of. Let me clarify.

The Ember quilt makes use of press studs to connect an adjustable strap to the quilt. The adjustable strap runs underneath the sleeping pad to maintain the quilt in place and maintain you heat if and when wanted. The straps do an excellent job of stopping drafts and it does an excellent job or conserving the quilt in place. There are additionally a number of methods you need to use the quilt and fix it to the sleeping pad. When the nights get colder and it’s essential to use the attachment straps the system is inferior to some others available on the market.

Firstly, let me say that if you’re utilizing the Ember quilt as a blanket on hotter nights with it simply wrapped over you with out utilizing the attachment straps, the quilt excels as a backpacking quilt. However when it’s essential to use the straps it runs into some potential points that may very well be higher however lets perceive how the attachment straps work.

To connect the straps you firstly must carry the mat and quilt so the straps run underneath the mat. And if at any time through the night time it’s essential to make any changes, it’s essential to get out of the quilt, into the chilly air, and alter the straps beneath the mat. There simply doesn’t appear to be any simple solution to make changes through the night time.

You possibly can simply simply undo the press stud to take away the strap if it’s essential to vent some warmth if you happen to get hotter through the night time. And possibly you possibly can attain underneath the sleeping pad, discover the adjustment buckle and loosen or tighten it, however due to the place it’s positioned it isn’t that straightforward. It’s simpler to get out of the quilt to do it.

The press studs can be utilized to connect collectively to make use of the quilt just like a mummy type sleeping bag. The quilt is sufficiently big to have the ability to do that, nevertheless, I recommend you don’t use the quilt like this. Once I did it, at some stage throughout testing I should have put stress on the press stud and the material across the press stud broke. Was the stitching across the press stud not adequate or was I too tough with the quilt. Unsure. Both manner the press stud pulled off the material.

However not all is misplaced. As a quilt with out the straps, the Ember Quilt excels as among the best within the class of ultralight backpacking quilts. On the subject of heat. it’s also among the best at school. When the straps are hooked up and also you don’t must make changes the quilt can also be among the best at school. If Sea to Summit can give you higher quilt attachment straps this bag can be one of the best available on the market.


Stuff Sack – Compression And Packability

The usual Stuff Sack equipped with the Ember Quilt is sweet and there’s no want for anybody to contemplate upgrading to anything. It’s light-weight and could be compressed very small with the facet straps.

As talked about above the stuff sack will compress the bag to a smaller dimension. Confer with the Specification chart for detailed comparisons.

The Sea to Summit Ember collection are probably essentially the most packable of all of the backpacking quilts within the ultralight class.

Sea to Summit Ember Stuff Sack
The warmest Ember EBIII has a pleasant sized compression stuff sack

Consolation

The inner sizing of the Ember Quilt elevated a few years in the past to provide extra shoulder room. Once I examined the Ember Quilt I had loads or wiggle room inside. Throughout colder nights I used to be capable of put on a winter grade Down Jacket and nonetheless had sufficient inside room.

When sleeping on my again or facet the quilt was roomy and I had a number of room to toss and switch as wanted.


Heat

When testing the bag I discovered the temperature score to be true to these said by Sea to Summit. Although the quilt is just not EN / ISO examined I discovered them correct. As a chilly sleeper I used to be nonetheless capable of keep heat.

The Ember quilt additionally has new QuiltLock System to permit the quilt to be buttoned to any Sea to Summit Sleeping bag. This has the power to extend the efficiency of a sleeping bag and backpacking quilt. It may possibly even flip a 2/3 season sleeping bag right into a winter sleeping bag. Simply clip the highest press stud onto the sleeping bag and wrap the quilt over the sleeping bag.

Throughout gear testing of the Sea to Summit Sleeping Baggage and Backpacking Quilts I attempted the QuiltLock System. I mixed the Sea to Summit Spark SPII Sleeping Bag with the Sea to Summit EBIII quilt utilizing the QuiltLock system.

The loft on this method was superb. I’m unsure what temperature score it will have been, however I think I might have been very comfy in temperatures right down to round 0F / -17C. I’m positive at these temps I might have had an excellent nights sleep. Unsure if that’s correct, that’s simply my hypothesis. I used to be unable to check this method totally on the time of publishing as I haven’t been in areas with these extraordinarily low temperatures but.

Sea to Summit Ember warmth rating

Measurement

As talked about above the Ember quilt is comfy and designed as an expedition dimension and the brand new QuiltLock system permits it to be paired with any Sea to Summit sleeping bag. There may be additionally loads of room in hotter temps to open up the quilt and use it like a blanket.

The Ember Vary of Quilts additionally are available in an extended dimension for the tall individuals and there’s additionally a double model if you need one quilt to share with one other, or possibly along with your canine when in a single day climbing.


Caring in your Ember Quilt

When you will have a top quality backpacking quilt it’s value taking care to take care of it. The most effective issues you are able to do is put on clear backpacking base layers to mattress to stop sweat, filth and physique oil from penetrating the liner of the quilt. You possibly can use a sleeping bag liner to maintain it clear however most backpackers don’t do that when utilizing a quilt.


retailer your Ember Quilt

The Sea to Summit Ember comes with a Lofting bag included along with your quilt. The lofting bag is just not as massive as I would love. Once I bought my first Sea to Summit Sleeping Baggage a few years in the past it got here with a really massive cotton lofting bag. I might have preferred to see a bigger lofting bag not less than twice the scale of the one equipped with the quilt. It’s not a lot but it surely may very well be a really small enchancment that might change sooner or later.

Ember Lofting Bag

wash your Spark Sleeping Bag

Over time the quilt will free a little bit of its loft. That is regular and can let you know that it’s time to wash your quilt. I wrote an article on how to do that so check out Wash a Down Sleeping Bag, for additional particulars on learn how to wash your quilt.


Value

The Sea to Summit Ember is a premium backpacking quilt with a worth that’s neither the most cost effective or most costly.

Edit – As of Might 2022 there are nonetheless some provide points and never all Ember fashions can be found.


Sea to Summit Ember Quilt Vs The Relaxation

How does the Sea to Summit Ember examine to different Backpacking Quilts within the ultralight class in 2022. Take a look at my full comparability assessment of the Sea to Summit Ember and all of the Finest Ultralight Backpacking Quilts 2022.


finest suited to

The Sea to Summit Ember Quilt is finest suited to ultralight hikers or somebody wanting a really compact quilt that can work in temps above freezing.

When it get under freezing all quilts should not as environment friendly as mummy sleeping baggage on the subject of the heat to weight ratio. The Ember quilt will also be used along with a sleeping bag to extend the heat when wanted.

In case you have a summer season quilt such because the Ember and a colder rated 3 season Spark sleeping bag, you possibly can mix them and have a winter sleeping bag.


Conclusion

The Sea to Summit Ember is finest suited to anybody wanting a top quality ultralight backpacking quilt. The temperature score for this bag is true to the specification in my view.

If you’d like a quilt for the hotter summer season months and into the shoulder season for hotter climates then that is for you. And as talked about earlier, mix it along with your sleeping bag to extend the chilly climate efficiency.

On the subject of enhancements, I wish to see higher system for attaching the quilt to mats. Different light-weight quilts use a a lot better system. And a bigger lofting bag can be good however actually that’s solely a really small factor so as to add to the want listing.

General, the Sea to Summit Ember vary of backpacking quilts are enhancing on a regular basis. As a part of a top quality light-weight sleep system this quilt can be nice, specifically within the hotter months. When it’s colder, it is likely to be higher yo take a look at a mummy sleeping bag.

Check out all of the Finest Mountain climbing Gear Critiques from BikeHikeSafari.

Are Sea to Summit Ember Quilt good?

Sea to Summit Ember Quilts are among the very best quality and lightest weight out there. The Ember Quilt has good climate resistance and excellent heat to weight ratio.

Do Sea to Summit Ember Quilts use Responsibly Sourced Down?

Sure, All of the down used within the Ember Quilts from Sea to Summit are ethically sourced down that may be traced as responsibly sourced.


Learn Extra:

Finest Ultralight Backpacking Quilts
Ultralight Mummy Sleeping Bag
Insulated Sleeping Pads
Ultralight Backpacking Pillow

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