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  • How did the Blue Bolt Solo Quilt perform in a Lapland winter expedition? A product review of a vapor barrier (vbl) quilt

    The Solo Quilt by Blue Bolt Gear is an innovative product from different points of view and this certainly represents its greatest value. It combines the thermal comfort of a warm sleeping bag with the lightness and comfort of a quilt and the necessary (in intense cold situations) blocking of the transpiration function of a VBL. The materials used are really good and the manufacturing skills are evident. The price is competitive and honest. 

    In my opinion, some improvements are necessary, however: those that I have described and illustrated in this review can be adopted quickly and with a minimum cost. With these minimal modifications, the Blue Bolt Gear Solo Quilt served me very well in my last winter expedition in the mountains of Swedish and Norwegian Lapland. It will surely become my sleeping bag for all future winter expeditions.

  • Why I make quilts and not mummy bags?

    I will share a few reasons why I make quilts and not mummy bags.
  • Why I use vapor barrier inner in my quilts?

    In this post I will talk about the following: 1) What is the problem I am trying to solve?2) What is a vapor barrier? 3) What are the advantages of...
  • Tiny details improve quality

    Do tiny details like how the fabric is cut, size of needle, thread quality, stitch type matter in the finished product? Of course, they do.
  • Sleeping pads - 3 myths and 3 tips

    Let's bust some myths about sleeping pads and learn the secrets to a good restful sleep while camping outdoors.
  • Sleeping bags - 3 myths and 3 tips

    Let's bust some myths about sleeping bags and learn the secrets to a good restful sleep while camping outdoors.
  • How to sleep under the stars?

    How to sleep in open under the stars? Get the right sleeping gear.
  • Why does a down bag gets cold when it gets wet?

    How come down keeps the birds warm but down bag gets cold when wet? Why is it hard to dry?
  • Blue Bolt introduces two new 10D fabrics - that improve performance of sleeping bags

    Does the fabric used in making sleeping bags make any difference in their performance? Yes, it does.
  • So why don’t I do stabilizing stitches?

    So why don’t I do stabilizing stitches?

    ... the insulation I'm using is continuous filament which means that it every fiber spans across the width of insulation and cannot be torn or pulled apart. It’s that strong. That is why...

  • Does your quilt have a hood?

    Why do some hikers have success with quilts in the winter time and yet many hikers move on to mummy bags? Are those who camp with quilts in winter just hardcore or do they use better designed quilts?