Whiteburn's Wanderings

One man's wanderings backpacking around Scotland plus the odd digression

Quilt/ Mat attachment

The Cumulus 250 quilt has become my favoured 3 season ‘bag’ for the last couple of years & has probably been used for well over a 100 nights; it’s proven very comfortable down to just above freezing (2 – 3C) & I really like the low weight (480g).

The only issue I had was how to attach it to the sleeping mat to minimise draughts on colder nights; something that Cumulus provide zero advice about.  Initially, as discussed in an early posting “Cumulus Down Gear”, I paired the quilt with the Exped Symat 7ULM & used a couple of shock cord loops (with mitten hooks) around the mat to hold it in place & this proved very successful with the only niggle being that sometimes the shock cords could proved a bit annoying when sliding into bed.

Old hook

More recently I’ve been using the same system shock cord system on a Thermarest Neoair Xlite Short with mixed results; the main issue was that the loop at the head end would occasionally come off the end of the mat (due to the mat shape) resulting in a gaping hole when I changed sides in the night.

The Cumulus Quilt is more akin to a traditional sleeping bag with the hood removed & a big hole left in the back, as opposed to some of the more contemporary designs, the Neoair Short is more than amply sized to ‘plug’ the hole providing it can be retained in place!

Quilt & mat

I’d scratched my head for quite a while, as well as internet trawling, trying to come up with a better solution without success……….until I was ordering some stuff from Zpacks found these on their “Accessories” page.

Zpacks hook

Simply mitten hoop stitched to a piece of self adhesive cuben fibre, a quick rounding of the corners, a swab of the mat with alcohol, peel off the backing paper & it’s done.

New hook

I’ve added 4 hooks to the Neoair (<10g) this provides an efficient fixing for the shock cord tails I have on the quilt, no messing about & no draughts in the night.

Hook & tail

Don’t think I’ll put the hooks on the Exped as I probably won’t use the quilt with this mat but I may look at adding a couple of hooks to keep the Exped UL pillow in place.

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2 comments on “Quilt/ Mat attachment

  1. Martin
    July 2, 2016

    Hi!

    Nice solution. Do you use all 6 shock cord loops on the cumulus quilt? That would be a total of 6 hooks am I right? Thinking about doing something similar on my quilt.

    • Paul Atkinson
      July 3, 2016

      I started out with just 4 hooks on the mat & then added another 2 after some experience. Also with experience I think positioning the mitten hooks a little further underside the mat, say 3cm, would help reduce any possible draughty gaps. I also found that a loop of 1.5mm shock cord with a mini cord lock works well (larks foot through the quilt loop), with this arrangement the quilt can be cinched right up to the hook.

      I used 15cm long loops on the lower 4 tie downs & 30cm on the top two.

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