How Do I Choose a Backpacking Quilt?

By Michael Ferguson

Backpacking quilts are a great way to stay warm and comfortable while out in the great outdoors. They provide insulation and protection from the elements, while still being lightweight and easy to transport. Choosing the right quilt for your needs can be daunting, so here are some tips to help you make the best decision.

Consider Your Climate
The first thing to consider when choosing a backpacking quilt is the climate you plan on using it in. Different climates require different types of insulation and protection.

For example, if you’re going to be camping in very cold weather, you’ll need a down-filled quilt that has a higher fill power rating. If you’re going to be camping in warmer weather, then a synthetic-filled quilt might be more appropriate.

Choose Your Temperature Rating
Once you’ve determined the appropriate type of insulation for your climate, you’ll need to decide on a temperature rating for your quilt. This is typically measured in “degrees Celsius” or “degrees Fahrenheit” ratings, and will tell you how warm or cool your quilt will keep you at any given temperature. It’s important to choose a temperature rating that meets your needs so that you won’t be too hot or too cold while sleeping.

Think About Size and Weight
When selecting a backpacking quilt, it’s important to think about size and weight. You want something that is lightweight enough that it won’t add too much bulk or weight to your pack but still large enough to provide adequate coverage when sleeping. Most backpacking quilts come in standard sizes such as single, double, queen, king etc., but some companies also offer custom sizing options.

Check For Quality Materials

You should always make sure that your backpacking quilt is made of quality materials. Look for durable fabrics such as nylon or polyester with waterproof coatings as well as high-quality insulation materials like down or synthetic fibers.


Choosing the right backpacking quilt can seem overwhelming at first glance but with some thoughtful consideration of your needs it doesn’t have to be difficult.

Start by considering your climate and temperature rating needs before selecting an appropriate type of insulation material and size/weight of the quilt itself. Finally make sure that whatever option you choose is made from quality materials that will last through multiple trips outdoors!