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Backpacker Magazine – 2010 Editors' Choice/Gear Guide

Gear Review: GoLite RS 1 Summer Sleeping Bag + Season Quilt

A summertime quilt for steamy nights

by: Casey Lyons

GoLite RS 1+ Season Quilt (BP Photo Department)
GoLite RS 1+ Season Quilt (BP Photo Department)

In warm weather, do you really need much more than a blanket? Nope, says a tester who used this high-tech quilt in the jungles of El Salvador and while hammock camping in North Carolina’s Appalachians. Verdict: For temps down to about 45°F, the RS 1+ offers ounce-counters a way to save weight and money, plus it gives wet-weather ultralighters more peace of mind than a down sack.

Insulated with a recycled synthetic fill, the quilt has two adjustable straps to hold it steady atop a pad. Testers deemed the design best for small- to average-size sleepers who don’t thrash around a lot (movement can cause gapping and drafts along the sides). The 50-denier ripstop polyester shell and liner fabric never felt clammy, even in jungle humidity. Squeezing into a small pack? The RS 1+ compresses down to the size of a roll of Charmin.

Green bonus: GoLite uses Tier 1 recycled material, which earned an Editor’s Choice Green Award this year. The only downside: “It’s tricky to adjust the straps underneath your pad while you’re inside the bag,” another tester reports. “Which means that bathroom breaks are a real hassle once you’re nestled in.” $120; 1 lb. 7 oz.; 40°F 

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Mar 10, 2012

It's a quilt - you don't even have to use the straps.

Joh - no, this type of UL bag is NOT for you.

Dec 03, 2010

I have a bag made by REI in the '70's. Has insulation on top and a sleeve on the bottom for a pad. It weighs about a lb and is still too warm for summer use. (I often just use a liner) With lightweight being so popular now REI should seriously consider making this bag again, but the customer service person I talked to didn't even know they made this item.

Dec 03, 2010

I live in the Mountains of Colorado, but I'm going to be concentrating on the desert southwest for a lot of my future excursions. This bag will be perfect for my rim-to-rim next year!

Dec 02, 2010

I have a Lafuma Mummy that goes down to 45 degrees and weighs 1 lb, 5 oz. Why bother w/ this bag? It's heavier & provides less coverage.

Jul 18, 2010

“It’s tricky to adjust the straps underneath your pad while you’re inside the bag,” another tester reports. “Which means that bathroom breaks are a real hassle once you’re nestled in.”

It makes you wonder about the foresight of the so-called bag designers. This is a deal breaker for me.


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