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[Best hooded quilt]

EXPED HYPERQUILT

Our take Quilts are great—until your head gets cold. But where many designers have fallen short, Exped’s team got it right with the poncho-style Hyperquilt. A hooded head opening sits 9 inches from the top of the quilt and has six baffles stuffed with 800-fill down to keep it warm. This isn’t the first poncho-style quilt we’ve tested, but its hood has the best position, allowing the blanket to drape over your shoulders and tuck underneath. But does it work? On cold nights, using the hood actually holds the quilt in place; our tester slept comfortably in the 30s in the Grand Canyon without needing to add a beanie. On warmer nights, cinch the head hole shut and pull the Hyperquilt up to your chin like normal. Caveat: Side sleepers couldn’t get a good wrap when using the hood.

Going full quilt-style too radical? Fourteen toggles connect the Hyperquilt to a poly/ Tencel sheet ($29; 3.4 oz.) that wraps around your pad, trapping heat for a more bag-like performance. However, purist testers maintain this eliminates the simplicity and weight savings of using a quilt in the first place, while others said the thing was simply too tight when toggled. Without the sheet, the Hyperquilt compresses to the size of a 1-liter bottle. There’s

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