It’s not that baffling after all!
We believe strongly in horizontal baffles, but only if they’re done right.
Sadly, horizontal baffles have gotten a bad reputation, and we are here to defend them! If you’ve experienced cold spots and down migration just because of some tossing and turning, it’s likely that the baffle chambers were improperly shaped and/or underfilled. In fact, this problem occurs in quilts/bags with vertical baffles, too! So, it’s not a problem with baffle direction, but baffle design.
Horizontal baffles allow you to adjust the amount of insulation that is on top of your body. When the weather warms up, you can move varying levels of insulation to the sides, keeping you from overheating. When that cold front comes through, you can pile the down on top for extra warmth. Therefore, we believe that horizontal baffles allow you to stay comfortable in a wider range of conditions, making your quilt much more versatile than if it had vertical baffles. Sounds perfect for a thru-hike, eh?