uilting with a mummy bag and upgrade to a dedicated quilt. I spent a great deal of time researching quilts and discovered that only hammock users are really using quilts - most ground dwellers use sleeping bags. I soon discovered that quilts are produced by a cottage industry of one-person shops scattered across the US. And note: probably the single biggest mistake a new buyer can make is to listen to hammock folks when you intend to sleep on the ground.
The following gives some information on the 3 season Long & Wide Black Mamba top quilt.
The Long & Wide 3 season is constructed of 15 baffles and a foot box bottom. The down is listed as 850+ and the loft is 2+ inches and obviously over-stuffed. The foot box is sewn in. There are two sets of ribbons, one for snugging up the foot box end and the other for snugging up the neck. There is also a elastic cord and cord lock at the neck.
Holding the quilt up to bright light reveals a fairly even distribution of down, with no thin spots larger than 2" square.
Supposedly the length is good for someone 6' 4" tall and the width is 55". At 6' 1" I find the length marginal, with my feet compressing the foot box and top at my clavicle. The as measured 53" is marginal for a side-sleeper on the ground. And this will be more so evident when wearing extra clothing to extend the range. My guess is that a 6'4" person would need to have size 6 feet and weigh 145lbs for this quilt to work. Clearly let the buyer beware, as the Warbonnet web site does not list full dimensions, and the as delivered product may vary.
The general construction seems good and shell material seems right for the application. Of course, only time will tell with the true construction quality, but it seems off to a good start.
My guess is that I will have to add a pad strap at the 53" dimension, as there isn't enough drape when side-sleeping. Maybe a full 55" would be better.
In the following photos, each floor square is 9" x 9".
The length is roughly 72" (external dimension).
The width is roughly 53" (the reference is a 55" box made with rulers).
The loft is over 2". The packed weight is roughly 24.5oz.
I've used this quilt for 4 years now both as a top quilt in a hammock as well as a general quilt in place of a sleeping bag. Shed a few feathers. Down hasn't shifted. It doesn't stink and I haven't washed it (around 50 nights use so far - I don't keep count). I store it hanging in my clothes closet.
I've found it completely adequate into the 20's for on the ground use. And I've never been cold enough in the hammock to stress it.
All in all I've been happy with my purchase.