Are Backpacking Quilts Good for Side Sleepers?

By Robert Palmer

When it comes to sleeping comfortably, especially when backpacking, it can be difficult to find the right bedding. Quilts, which are lightweight and portable, are a popular option among backpackers.

But what if you’re a side sleeper? Are backpacking quilts good for side sleepers?

The short answer is yes, but there are some caveats. Backpacking quilts generally provide adequate support for side sleepers, depending on the type of quilt and the materials used in its construction. For example, a down quilt will provide more warmth than a synthetic one and will be more supportive for side sleepers because down is more compressible and conforms better to the contours of your body.

That said, finding a backpacking quilt that is suitable for side sleeping can involve some trial and error. It’s important to try out different types of quilts in order to find one that offers the best support and comfort. One way to do this is by looking at reviews from other backpackers who have used particular quilts and taken them on overnight trips or camping trips.

In addition to reviews, consider looking at the specs of each type of quilt before making a purchase. Pay close attention to factors such as fill power (the amount of loft in the insulation), weight, size (length and width), temperature rating (the lowest temperature in which you will be comfortable sleeping in your quilt) and shape (rectangular or tapered). A tapered shape gives you more room to move around while you sleep without feeling constrained by the fabric of your quilt.

When shopping for a backpacking quilt that is suitable for side sleepers, it’s also important to pay attention to its construction quality. Look for features such as reinforced stitching along stress points where fabric meets fabric or where fabric meets metal components such as snaps or drawstrings. Also look for features such as draft collars (fabric tubes filled with insulation around your neck) that provide extra warmth when you need it most during cold nights outdoors.

In conclusion, backpacking quilts can be good options for side sleepers if they are chosen carefully based on their materials and construction quality. It may take some trial and error before finding the best option but with patience and research, anyone can find a backpacking quilt that works well for them!