GramXpert eLite Apex 133 quilt

I bought this primarily to use in my camper van. However, I thought it would also be useful as a summer quilt as it opens up to make a flat blanket. I took it on my Carneddau trip to give it a bit of a test and I was very pleased with it.

I sized up and bought a Wide/Long. I’m glad I did as I think a Regular/ Medium might be a bit constricting. The W/L has plenty of wiggle room, which is important for me as a restless side sleeper. It’s important to be able to rotate within the quilt to keep the fasteners underneath you to prevent losing heat. I’m 1.75m in height and I found it just about long enough to wrap over my head. If you are taller than that, I suggest getting the XL.

Weight came in at 505g without the stuff sack, which was lighter than the advertised 536g. I had the longer foot box zipper (70cm), which I think was a good choice. Indeed, if it had been totally customisable, I might have had a slightly longer zip. The foot box has a simple draw cord with a unique pull closure (see website for details) and worked well. The closure was tight to prevent draughts.

The closure snaps are easy to locate and engage. I might add an extra one between the bottom two. The worry with quilts is always that they might gape when you turn over, but having extra width meant I didn’t find this a problem. There is a neck draw cord with a cord lock. I found this a bit annoying as it tended to dangle in my face, so I’ve cut it off.

The materials are very nice. The outer fabric is smooth and silky to the touch. It’s not quite as nice as the Schoeller fabric used in the As Tucas quilts, but it is lighter. The Apex 133 insulation is soft but resilient and has a decent loft for a synthetic. It feels quite robust too. Pack size is reasonable, although not as compressible as down, obviously.

The Apex filling has very even coverage, unlike down quilts/bags with low down volumes, so there were no cold spots. I think this is an advantage of synthetic fillings over down in very lightweight quilts. Having said that, in my As Tucas Foratata quilt, which has 250g of down, I’ve never had a problem.

The quality of the workmanship is very high. I can’t see any faults in it at all. It was dispatched to me within seven days of ordering and arrived within four days, which included a weekend. I was kept in touch with emails to confirm the order and dispatch.

How did it perform? Overall, it was very good. It’s not as warm as down, obviously. I’m a bit of a cold sleeper and I reckon, for me it’s about a 10c quilt. I found it very comfortable to sleep in and it was nice to open it up to lie under in the evening as a bit of extra warmth. The design is very good, simple but functional. I really like the zipped foot box. If you’re in the market for a synthetic quilt, it’s definitely worth a look. There’s a good range of colours and sizes too.

Photos courtesy of GramXpert website

Disclaimer: I bought this quilt with my own money and have no relationship with GramXpert other than as a customer.

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2 thoughts on “GramXpert eLite Apex 133 quilt”

  1. Did you consider their Simplite model as well ? It appears to be longer but has a drawcord closure at the bottom of the quilt instead of a zip ,but
    still opens up as a blanket . Being 6ft I am inclined to go for the Simplite,but still in two minds. Any thourghts ?

    1. I wanted a zip footbox. I have an As Tucas Sestrals blanket which has a snap closure footbox, which is ok, but I wanted to try a zip closure. Of the two, to me, the zip one seems best. You can go for the XL in the eLite. Send GramXpert an email and see what they suggest.

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