If you’re an avid hiker or backpacker, you probably know a thing or two about the ultralight community. The ultralight concept is simple; the basic idea is to keep everything lightweight, use multifunctional gear, and limit what you don’t need. In other words, you keep your gear as absolutely minimal as possible without endangering yourself. Of course, there are more stringent guidelines depending who you talk to, but like I said, for the most part, simple.

There are those who get too carried away with the idea and end up being completely miserable in the wilderness (or much worse). The key is to find practical ways to cut excess ounces. One of these ways is to opt for a quilt instead of a sleeping bag. The basic idea behind a quilt is to cut out excess insulation and the hood from a sleeping bag, therefore saving weight. There are cons to a quilt system though such as having to junction it to a good sleeping pad or not being practical for colder temperatures, but if you’re looking to cut a little more weight from your pack then a quilt might be for you. Enlightened Equipment offers a quick overview of their quilts in the following video:

About Enlightened Equipment

We are a company dedicated to making some of the lightest and most functional camping gear in the world. Our focus on weight reduction, quality, and accessibility has made us one of the leaders in the ultralight market. While designed for ultralight camping and through-hiking, our gear is a great choice for anyone spending time outdoors. (From Enlightened Equipment)

Featured image courtesy of Enlightened Equipment YouTube Channel