The Toaster series of quilts are a premium quality piece of outdoor gear.
From the ground up their are designed to hold down in place and keep you warm in the outdoors. Warmth ratings are actual ratings, not ‘EN or survival’ ratings. The top quilts are designed to replace traditional style sleeping bags in your hammock and also for use on the ground on pads.
Why Top Quilts rather than sleeping bags? Short answer is that any insulation that is compressed doesn’t retain it’s heat/insulation level. So it’s extra weight and bulk that you end up carrying. So whether it’s in the hammock or on the ground simply pulling a top quilt over you with the built in foot box makes things easy and keeps you warm.
The Toaster Z- is designed with a combination of horizontal and vertical baffles. The design keeps the down from shifting/moving off your shoulders creating cold spots. It keeps the down where you need it, keeping you warm. Around the feet the baffles create a cozy warm footbox.
- 850+ Grey Goose Down (GGD) Down Fill
- .90 oz/yd calendared fabric with a DWR providing some water protection.
- The specialty print fabric uses 1.0 oz/yd fabric adding a slighter weight trade-off for a great print/pattern (This is a more expensive fabric to produce and hence the price increase)
- Includes stuff Sack & mesh Storage Sack
- Taper: Angles in from full width at the top to 5″ in on each side at the foot.
- Foot box closures using clips or sewn
- Sewn indicates it will be sewn across the bottom and approximately 18″ up the side so the join is on the bottom of the quilt. (see picture in the gallery)
Top Quilt Sizing:
- Dimensions are taken with the quilt fabric pulled tight.
- Keep in mind down loft will shrink the dimensions a few inches.
- If you want to be able to cover your head pick the next size up.
Tall – 80″ Length x 51″ width with taper (measured uncinched)
- For people taller than 6′
Regular – 78″ Length x 51″ width with taper (measured uncinched)
- For people up to 6′
- 20*F partial taper weight : 25-25.5oz
- 20*F full taper weight 23.3oz in stuff sack.
Short – 74″ Length x 51″ width with taper ( measured uncinched) (up to 5’7″)
- 20*F weight : 22.5oz
Ground Quilts / Top Quilts
- If you are purchasing a Top Quilt for use on the ground then you should consider a wide quilt (55/56″).
- Another option that will give you a bit more coverage on the ground is a partial or no Taper.
- A partial taper doesn’t angle towards the feet till approximately half way down the quilt. It will give more room to toss and turn around at the hips.
- No taper is simply a rectangular quilt (when laid flat) Giving more room in the feet and hips area. This may help if you have larger feet or a larger frame.
- If you choose to go with a wider quilt you should add an additional 1 oz of down from the down overstuff item in the menu.
Care of your quilt : Treat your quilt with care and you will get many years use out of it. Always air them out after use. If you are on a multi-day hike spread them out on your tent or over the hammock (TQ’s) UQ’s get more air flow hanging under the hammock but still need airing. So if your taking a lunch break and it’s sunny spread them out.
- Your quilts are made with some of the lightest weight fabrics available so special care is required to prevent any damage to them. If you fail to follow these instructions you can damage your quilts severely.
- No washing machines
- Use proper down detergent only (Use less rather than more. It doesn’t take much detergent to do the job)
- Hand wash in a large basin or tub with warm water. Gently push the air out of the quilt in the water and knead the quilt allowing the water to saturate the down. Then a minimal amount of kneading, pushing the water through the material. Drain the tub and knead out the water. Do no wring or whip the quilt around. This can damage the quilt. Fill the tub with fresh water and repeat to flush the detergent out. Repeat until the water is clear and not cloudy.
- Do not move the quilt around while saturated with water. It’s too heavy and the internal baffles can be easily damaged this way. You can use towels to aid in the moisture removal.
- Never hang a wet/soaked down item on a line. Lay it on a drying rack so it’s supported while heavy. Drying outside in dry air with air movement works great.
- Once the quilt is fairly dry you can move it to the dryer with tennis balls. Only use Fluff / No Heat setting. Minimal heat can cause hot spots in your dryer and melt the fabric. NO HEAT. The tennis balls will help break up the clumps of down. It may take 3-4 hours to dry a quilt.
- Once the quilt is dry you will need to shift down around with gentle hand pushes.
- Do not Dry Clean.
- Store loose in a large breathable bag. Do not store in the stuff sack.
Custom product : 1.5-2 week approx lead time (not including shipping time) Check the lead times showing on the main menu.
Quick Video look at a ‘Z’ Toaster TQ