The minimalist design of backpacking quilts makes them the ideal choice for hikers wanting to reduce the weight and bulk of their setup, but not all quilts are created equal… Most quilts on the market have thin, clingy fabrics and drafty foot boxes, sacrificing comfort in the name of ultralight. Zenbivy Light Quilts are different. While still lightweight and packable, we prioritize comfort and adaptability. Between our soft 20d fabrics, convertible draft-free zipperless foot box, and carefully engineered baffle system, we’re certain our quilt is the most versatile and comfortable on the market.
Pair your Light Quilt with a Fast Sheet to create an ultralight version of the Light Bed. This half-size sheet with an uninsulated hood weighs in at just 3 oz but packs a punch by protecting you from drafts, keeping you (and your quilt) on the mattress, holding your pillow in place, and adding comfort to your mattress with its smooth 20d Nylon Taffeta. The Fast Sheet features the same hinged "wing" design as our other sheets, so you can move around easily—without constriction and without fear of drafts.
The Fast & Light Bed combines our versatile, convertible Light Quilt with our half-size, ultralight, uninsulated sheet to create a complete Bed at the lowest possible weight and bulk. Built for performance, it's a minimalist setup with no sacrifice to comfort!
Convertible foot boxes allow you to use your quilt in a variety of situations, easily adapting to a wide range of temperatures. However, many quilt makers leave an open, drafty hole at the cinch that will leave you with cold feet. You'll notice that Zenbivy quilts are built with a drawcord that seems to “curve” up from the corners and onto the face of the quilt. This upward curve creates a natural baffle—the Origami Baffle™—that is then snapped to the back of the quilt so when you cinch the foot box shut, that baffle blocks the hole to securely seal in warmth.
The Kylie-curve™ is a 3/4-length baffle-backed drawstring on the top edge of our quilts. Unlike traditional backpacking quilts that have a drawstring spanning the entire width, the shortened cord length on the Zenbivy quilt cinches only the center portion. It softly seals around your neck but doesn't shorten the overall usable width of the quilt. Instead, cinching only the center portion leaves either edge of the quilt loose to drape at your sides to block drafts as you move and turn over.
The perfectly engineered baffle system on the Light Quilts maximizes thermal efficiency. Smaller baffles position the down precisely where it’s needed and minimize down-shift. Vertical baffles around the upper body prevent down from sliding off your shoulders while sleeping or turning over. The horizontal baffles on the top of the foot box keep down from shifting with foot movement, while vertical baffles on the underside of the foot box guard against any drafts.
We were able to shed weight by going completely zipper-less and equipping the Light Quilt with a system of color coded hooks & loops. They're every bit as draft-free and secure as a traditional zipper, but lighter and more versatile.
The Light Quilts use top shelf 800 fill-power HyperDRY™ down. Built for performance, this premium down uses a natural wax-based compound to make it water resistant. It is durable, fluorocarbon-free, and RDS (Responsible Down Standard) compliant.
You'll find that most other ultralight quilt makers shed weight by making their fabrics a super thin and clingy 10d. Instead, we opted to find clever ways to ditch ounces while keeping the fabric a very soft, comfy, and durable 20d. 20d fabrics are much softer than traditional ultralight technical fabrics while only being a fraction heavier. Worth it? Absolutely!
Why the Fast & Light Bed is better than a traditional backpacking quilt
Traditional quilts typically have a strap system of sorts to keep the quilt on the mattress. They're not only constricting, but also drafty, letting cold air in at the gaps between the attachment points. The Fast Sheet solves these problems.
By attaching the quilt to the hinged "wings" of the sheet, it's free to get wider where and when you need it while preventing any side drafts as you move.
Stop chasing your pillow around all night. The uninsulated single-layer hood acts as a pocket to keep your pillow securely in place. On cold nights, tucking the quilt up into the hood will help prevent drafts.
Not to mention the sleek and simple half-size Nylon Taffeta sheet weighs in at just 3 oz! Maximum benefits at minimal weight.
Pairing your Light Quilt with one of our sheets allows you to fully "tuck in" when temperatures drop. Hooking the quilt to the fitted sheet protects against drafts and keeps you (and your quilt) on the mattress. Plus, the hood acts as a cubby to keep your pillow in place all night long. Our full-length Light Sheets feature a warm insulated hood, whereas our ultralight half-size Fast Sheets weigh in at a mere 3 oz with an uninsulated hood.