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Cloud Cover Hydrophobic single goose down quilt

Cloud Cover Hydrophobic

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A lightweight and versatile alternative to a full sleeping bag. 750+ fill power hydrophobic goose down quilt.

£104.99

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For ultralight travel (and pure snuggability) a down camping blanket is a versatile piece of kit. 

But that’s not to say you should take your 50 kg duvet from home! Cloud Cover down quilt is made with a lightweight construction and a 200 g fill to keep you cosy in summer months and warmer climates or coupled with a beefier bag for ultimate-winter warmth.

The fill is 750 IDFB hydrophobic goosedown which means that it retains its loft better in damp conditions than untreated down. The corner attachments allow Cloud Cover to be mated with another quilt* or attached to itself to create a more traditional sleeping bag shape. A drawcord on either end can be tightened to keep the warmth in when the temperature drops.

With no zip, hood or foot section to speak of it is no surprise this is one of the lightest options you can find. Perfect for use in vans and as an emergency blanket to keep in the boot of your car.

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Key features
  • Draw cord at either end of quilt
  • 12 baffles
  • DownTek hydrophobic fluorocarbon free water resistant down
  • RDS certified: all of our down is ethically sourced, not live-plucked, and not force-fed
  • 3 Year Alpine Bond
Vital stats
Material

Fill: 90/10 Chinese white goose down; RDS certified, DownTek
Fill power: IDFB 750
Fill weight: 200 g
Outer: 20 D Polyester, 45 g/m2
Construction: Stitch-Thru
DWR: C6

Dimensions

Weight: 520 g
Length: 180 cm
Width: Top - 130 cm; Bottom - 95 cm
Stuff bag size: 27 x 19.5 x 6.5 cm

Origin: China

Environmental Considerations

DOWNTEK WATER REPELLENT DOWN

DownTek-treated down absorbs less water than untreated down. This means it retains its loft better in damp or humid conditions, dries quicker, and recovers better too, keeping you warmer in damp environments than untreated down. DownTek is environmentally safe - Bluesign approved, PFC, PFOA, and PFOS free – and uses only RDS certified down sources. Remember, it’s better not to get your down wet – even water repellent down is no substitute for a waterproof shell!

RESPONSIBLE DOWN STANDARD
The down we use in Cloud Cover is certified RDS (Responsible Down Standard). This mark indicates that the down in this product does not come from birds that have been live-plucked or

force-fed,and that their welfare has been protected from the time they were hatchlings to when they are slaughtered. That’s good to know.

What You Say: Customer Reviews and Comments
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Daniel Martin
Warm packs very small

First off the pack size is nice and small, think about the size of a compact camping pillow when inflated, it is just like that size when packed also it has an internal camping thingy on the blanket.

Despite how small the pack size is and also light, i would recommend this for people who are after a warm blanket with a small pack size so things like car camping or using this as a sleeping bag liner which would easily bump up the season rating by 1 or just using this on it's own.

That is about it and one more thing, if you make sure cold air cannot come in which means you have to wrap your self properly for that to be prevented.

That is about it from me.

Dan.

Ditch70
Cloud Cover

Used this on a November trip to Dartmoor. Very warm & light. Used inside a sleeping bag, as a chair cover & insulated cloak. Really versatile piece of kit. Great value for money. Love the internal stuff sack too.

James
Perfect hammock blanket.

I was nervous buying this after reading some of the comments about it being a bit short but took a punt and Alpkit have a decent returns policy.

Turns out i needn’t have worried. I’m just over 6’ and with the end clinched as a footbox, it makes the perfect hammock blanket and comes up to my chin.

Skylark
Best bit of kit ever!

This is amazing! Was slightly sceptical when I decided to buy this, was sold by the positive reviews but the negative reviews stuck in my mind and I wondered if I was wasting my hard earned money. I can honestly say this is possibly the best £99 I’ve spent!
The Cloudcover has gone inside my sleeping bag for extra warmth on camping trips, it’s kept me toasty during cold nights on the sofa watching tv, it’s saved the need for a sleeping bag during overnight stays in overheated rooms and it’s kept me warm and comfortable traveling in the back seats of an uncomfortable combo van on two 24 hour journeys through Europe!
It’s lightweight and packs into itself via an invisible pocket. I can’t fault it. I’ve shown my friends and they are equally impressed. Love it, definitely 10/10!

James
General use or sleeping bag boost

Great piece of kit. As others have said, I originally got this to boost the temp rating of my sleeping bag (pipedream 400), but so far haven't needed it for that. I have however used this round the house, to sleep under in a hut, to keep the family warm watching a carol concert in a cave and a bunch of other occasions. Great piece of kit for a bargin price.

Mad Matt
A great option for boosting your existing bag

Used this over a winter weekend in the Lakes to boost my 3 season bag. Worked a treat. What more can you say really, oh yes I think at the price of 100 smackers this is great value . No idea if the hydrophobic bit actually made any difference, I was warm that is all that matters.

Pagbean
A good liner option!

I used this last night in -2C as an extra liner inside a 3-season bag. Being February, I needed to beef up my go to sleeping bag (PHD Minim 400) without buying a completely new 4-season bag. Using this as a liner quilt works very well and it adds a season. The press studs allowed me to enclose my body warmth inside effectively and they didn't pop open during the night.

I am very tall (6ft 4), and the cover did not span the length of my body. I don't mind this - actually I am used to gear heightism, so I used a down jacket for my top half as I normally do and thick socks for my toes.

I also looked at the point-5 quilt by Alpkit, but I think this is more versatile due to it being able to be laid out flat like a proper quilt. If used alone the extra long draw strings could be used to tie under a sleeping mat, meaning you have a fixed down layer over you that is non-restrictive.

I am not sure how much warmth it would give on its own. Perhaps only suitable for very warm summer's night, or indoors use. But certainly an ideal solution as a liner inside another bag during Winter.

Safety1st
Superb kit, for bag, house or car...

I wanted an alternative to a sleeping bag to keep in my car for emergencies. This Cloud Cover quilt fit the bill perfectly.

It folds down to a really small package, which means its virtually hidden away in the boot, or even used as cushion. However, when its open its a great size to either use as a full blanket, or folded in half as a car blanket over someone's knees at the start of a cold journey.
(Its used regularly and not just kept for emergencies)

It feels really good quality and is so lightweight, yet amazingly warm.

It IS expensive at £99, but it'll save your bacon one day and you'll be thankful of it i'm sure.

You'll not be disappointed.

Tommygeorgeland
good decision

Decided to take a punt on a quilt as I struggle to get a good nights sleep in my mummy bag any more as I get older. The cloud cover is definitely the way forward for me. Much warmer than its light weight suggests and lets me splay and roll about in comfort. I tested it with a cheap summer duvet this winter and was toasty. I reckon 2 quilts doubled up would be good for most seasons and give real versatility. Good stuff

Dave
Top notch

A great bit of kit. Really light, packs down tiny and warmer than you think it's going to be. Perfect for summer adventures.

Cmc
Brilliant!

Best bit of kit in my rucksack. £ 4 lb best value and performance.

Tom G
Perfect for a hammock

Have had my cloud cover for a few weeks now and couldn't be happier. I have used it a couple of times in my hammock now and am hoping for lots more chances to do so, the cloud cover is the perfect thing for in a hammock easy to get in and out of, keeps you more than warm enough and is a fraction of the price of a branded hammock blanket. Thanks for providing such great products alpkit

Stephan
Warm and light

Had a minor issue with the cloud cover Alpkit sorted it out in no time, used this bad boy in the lakes at 2000ft in a bivi bag it kept me nice and warm despite the cold wet/windy weather. I really like the weight as it its so light.One thing that I really like is that when Alpkit states the weight of an item it is usually spot on. Nice one guys

Dave M
Versatile must have

I had this as a Christmas present and I've used it loads since. The best thing about it is how versatile it is and I think I've only just scratched the surface. I've used it as insulation inside a bivvy bag in the spring, inside a slight sleeping bag in the winter, as a blanket on the beach, in a train, on the sofa at home, I've even worn it as a long coat! It packs down really really small, is ultra light and warmer than your would expect.

Hatto
Good, but look after it

I use my cloud cover to extend my Rab bag so I can happily camp out in the snow - and it’s excellent. The poppers do feel delicate so I’ve been careful and had no trouble in the year or so I’ve had it. the kids love using it for late night stargazing, and it’s flexible enough to cover two adults who know each other if needed. It packs down very nicely and lives in the adventure box ready to be let loose.

Edward Ditherhands
Flexible quilt, ideal as part of a system

I bought this to boost the performance of the mummy bag I use in summer for spring/autumn trips. It fits inside just fine (mountain equipment classic) or can be used over the top. I expect I will use it alone instead of the bag next summer. It has poppers to join the edges and big drawstrings with enough length to tie it under a mat or rig to a hammock. I suspect some care is needed with the poppers which is the only criticism (other reviewers have ripped theirs) and if these were replaced with sewn in magnets at a cost of a few grams, the risk of accidental damage would be nil.

Lewis
Excellent - versatile in summer and winter

A great bit of kit. On its own, I find it warm enough for summer camping and hut/bothy use; when used inside a sleeping bag it dramatically increases warmth. It's much cheaper and more versatile than having separate summer and winter sleeping bags, and especially good in really hot weather.

I have only given it 4 stars as I think there should be a 'long' version. I'm 6ft and find it a bit short.

Lauren
Cloud Cover

I was really excited about getting this, and when it arrived my first impressions were that I liked the little stuff pillow it forms when packed away, I can see this coming in handy on long journeys. Getting it out it seemed to be rather smaller than I thought it would be but good quality and with a few shakes it started to loft nicely. Having read some reviews I was a little unsure that it would be long enough (I'm 5'11) and it isn't really which is a shame, on my back with the draw cord done up at the bottom it just about covered my chest, although I did find it ok on my side curled up with knees bent. I also would like it to be a little wider, as a woman with curves to cover I found it could have done with an extra couple of ridges on each side, as when using it with the poppers done up it is too narrow to do up past my knees. That said, I do really like it, I used it for sitting out at night, first as a lap-blanket and secondly as a sort of cape with the poppers done up at neck and shoulder. Where it really came into its own was as a liner for my 2 season lightweight down bag (inside the bag with drawstring done up at bottom and pulled up to chin with poppers done up to knees. This was really warm and toasty and will offer more versatility throughout the seasons.

Jon
Cloud Cover

Bought to supplement my OMM half primaloft bag and used at weekend on two night bike and bothy trip in Wales. Happy to report I was toasty and it has so far lived up to expectations. Will test outdoors with a bivi to see if it delivers. I recommend this as a lightweight option where space is limited

Phil
Popper issue

I own a black Cloud Cover and I subscribe to all the praise written by the previous reviewers. However, I think the use of poppers in combination with the lightweight fabric is a bit unfortunate. From the moment I got the quilt I was always very careful when unfastening the poppers because I thought they might get easily torn out. But a few days ago it took me just a moment of not being careful enough and I managed to tear one of the poppers out, with a lot of down flying out of the holes on both sides of the quilt.

jurphy
Close...but no cigar
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I bought this for a summer bikepacking trip from Copenhagen to Amsterdam, as it seemed warm enough and packed up very smaller. I did some test runs with it in my tent and loved the freedom I had compared to the restrictiveness of a sleeping bag; it was plenty warm enough and very comfortable. I did notice that I had to choose between having my shoulders or my feet covered, though. I am 6ft 2/188cm and the cloud cover is definitely too short.

When I went on the bikepacking trip, I was quickly quite frustrated with the quilt. This summer, 2018, was a very hot one all over Europe - record breaking in many areas - and yet most evenings I was still chilly, even with merino leggings, shirt and socks under my cloud cover. I wasn't using a tent or shelter, other than a bivvy sack to keep the dew off. I'm glad I had that, for an extra layer of warmth.

I also have quite broad shoulders and the top three or four poppers of the cloud cover simply won't close around me. The others seem to be stretched quite tight, so I was concerned about ripping the delicate fabric. Because it was stretched tighter, the down wasn't able to provide as much insulation, as it was compressed. It really needs to have another 3 or 4 baffles on to make it just that bit wider and more comfortable.

I read a lot of mixed reviews about this and decided to buy it anyway, as I trust Alpkit and wanted to buy British. In hindsight, the cloud cover is great as a blanket or as an extra layer, or it's fine inside a tent in the summer, but as a standalone quilt...I wish I'd followed other reviewer's advice and gone with an American company, as they seem to do quilts much better.

imm
Should have returned it

My main issue is with the design of the baffles. The baffles run vertically from top to bottom rather than horizontally side to side. For me, this removes the main advantage of a down quilt. With a quilt made with continuos horizontal baffles you can shift the down inside the quilt, so that you can vary the loft of the quilt in the areas that matter, i.e. if its cold you can shift more down to the centre therefor increasing insulation above and to the sides of your body. If it is a warmer night you can do the opposite and move the down away to reduce the insulation properties.

With the design having vertical baffles, you cannot vary the level of insulation and will basically have down trapped in areas where it is of no use i.e. compressed under your body if you use it like a bag. In this case you pretty much have a less efficient and hoodless version of a pipe dream 200 for a weight saving of only 25g.

I wish I had returned it, but instead I modded it to bring the weight down. Eventually I think I will use the down to fill a homemade horizontal baffle quilt.

This is the first alpkit product that I have not liked in over 5 years as a customer.

Louderthanbombs
Too short, too delicate.

The Cloud Cover is very light and plenty warm enough for a summer night but I have 2 major issues with it:
1) At not quite 5'10", pretty much average, the quilt is too short. Hung vertically out in front of me it's about 2" taller than I am. But later horizontally over shoulder, hips and legs it stretches roughly from nose to ankle. An extra pair of socks solves the resulting cold feet but doesn't stop the inevitable cold draught creeping in to replace the precious warm air. If you side-sleep, curled up this isn't a problem, but on your stomach or back you'll get cold feet and legs.
2) Press studs. The quilt fabric is very light and soft, ideal for comfort and weight. However the poppers are mounted directly into this fabric. The force needed to open a popper is very close to the force needed to rip the fabric. This is quite obvious on first inspection, so I decided just to be careful and pick apart the studs with fingernails.
Last spring and summer I remembered to do this but on first use this year I forgot, grabbed a handful of fabric each side and pulled as you normally would, ripping the quilt in 2 places.
Alpkit's excellent customer services are going to reinforce each stud free of charge but I don't know how much weight, pack size or drying time this will add. I will end up with something of a different spec to what I ordered.

What They Say: Kudos - Product Reviews from independent magazines and websites

Cloud Cover quilt first look

Stuart takes a look at the Cloud Cover a 650+ fill down quilt

Sixty five quid! £65 is an almost ridiculously small amount of money to pay when you consider what you're actually getting.

Stuart Wright

Bear Bones Bikepacking December 2015 - Stuart Wright

Outdoors Magic Review the Cloud Cover

my favourite feature is the way the Cloud Cover can be packed into an internal, zipped pocket, negating the need for an additional stuff sack – clever stuff.

https://outdoorsmagic.com/article/best-lightweight-backpacking-quilts-top-6/

Outdoors Magic May 2019 - James Forrest

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