Who is Enlightened Equipment you may ask?  Owned by Tim Marshall and based in Winona, Minnesota, Enlightened Equipment builds very unique ultralight sleeping gear that is especially relevant to Rokslide’s lightweight backpacking crowd.  Enlightened Equipment became a Rokslide sponsor last month so I wanted to introduce Tim Marshall and his company AND spice it up with a great giveaway.  I recently interviewed Tim. Read on.

Robby: Hi Tim, so tell me a bit about your products:

Tim Marshall: We make ultra-lightweight insulated sleeping gear for fast and light backcountry purists. Our products are all made to order in Winona Minnesota. We believe that in order for your gear to be best suited to your needs, it should be built just for you. This takes longer than just grabbing a sleeping bag from the store but we are confident that you will find a hand-built quilt one of the best investments you can make to improve your back country comfort. These are not your grandma’s quilts.


Robby: Who are your customers?

Tim Marshall: Our products are made for people who want to get deep into the backcountry with equipment they can trust that won’t weigh them down: backpack hunters, kayakers, canoeists, backpackers, bike packers- anyone who needs a light blanket that packs small but offers surprising warmth for its weight.

Robby: Tell us about the history of Enlightened Equipment?

Tim Marshall: enLIGHTend equipment is the outcome of years of my tinkering. I started making my own gear about eight years ago. I loved it and couldn’t stop tweaking and tinkering with designs and ideas. In 2008 I sold off a number of packs I had built and there was a lot of interest so I built more. It just snowballed from there. Quilts clicked with me and the ideas flowed fast.  It wasn’t too long before that’s all I focused on, building some very unique quilts that lead to the following I have today

Robby: What is Enlightened Equipment’s mission:

Tim Marshall: I guess I don’t have a mission. At some point I realized I could support my family doing this and that drove me to chase it full speed. My goal as a company is to offer a product that beats the competition at every price point giving the customer the best bang for the buck while getting the best possible product made two blocks from my house.  I built my model on supporting local labor and focusing on quality and customer service in a way unlike anyone else out there can.

Robby: So what does the future hold for Enlightened Equipment?

Tim Marshall: In 2014 I’m hoping to get into some retail locations and will be working hard to increase our exposure. We’ve positioned ourselves to build more quilts faster then ever before so I’m working to get the word out while still focusing on customer service and creating new innovative products. We’re currently developing a modular system that works for one or two users.

Robby: Thanks Tim.

So Rok Blog subscribers, here’s you chance to win one of Enlightened Equipments top products: The Enigma.  Tim is putting up two of these quilts for giveaway.

1) An Enigma 30 degree with 850 fill power Grey Goose Down treated with DownTek sized Reg/Wide

2) An Enigma 10 degree with 850 fill power Grey Goose Down treated with DownTek sized Reg/Reg


Two versions of Enlightened Equipment’s Enigma Quilt are up for giveaway

To win, there are three steps.  
First, you have to be a subscriber to the Rok Blog (see top of blog “subscribe to blog” directly under the “Fitness/Other links).  If you’re sure you’re already a subscriber, then move on to step two.  
Second, post up in the comments section on the Rok Blog which Enigma Quilt you want- the 30-degree or the 10-degree.
Third, just visit and “Like” the Enlightened Equipment Facebook page.  

Then just sit back and relax. 
I’ll draw for the two winners on January 29th.
Remember, you must be both a Rok Blog subscriber AND “Like”  the Enlightened Equipment Facebook pageIt’s that easy.  These giveaways have great odds, so don’t delay. There’s no catch!  Just get entered and watch your inbox.


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Robby Denning
Robby Denning started hunting mule deer in the late 1970’s, only missing one season in 35 years. At 25, he gave up the pursuit of all other big-game to focus on taking the best bucks possible. He began hunting the West on a DIY budget hunting an average of 30 days a year for mule deer. Robby loves the hunt as much as the kill and the entire process from research to scouting to hunting. He’s killed four bucks over 200 inches in the last 15 seasons, mostly on easily-obtained tags. He owns a public-land scouting service and runs a private-land outfitting business helping other hunters in their pursuit of deer and elk. Robby has scouted and hunted literally thousands of square miles of mule deer country and brings a wealth of knowledge about these experiences with him. To him, the weapon of choice is just a means-to-an-end and will hunt with bow, rifle, or muzzleloader – whatever it takes to create an opportunity to take a great mule deer. He is also the author of "Hunting Big Mule Deer" available on Amazon. Robby believes all of creation is from God for man to manage, respect, and through which to know its Creator


  1. 10 degree bag but I can’t win because I will never have a Facebook account. Can I tweet about their company instead?

  2. Either one would be a blessing to have. The 10 degree may be more versatile for me as a hammock hunter/camper!

  3. I could sure use a new down sleeping bag in the 10 degree configuration. Late November archery bivi hunting can get very cold here.

  4. Some of you aren’t subscribing correctly. “Subscribe to blog” is the link you want, just under Fitness/other at very top. Some of you are “Subscribing to entry” just above blog post title. That will only subscribe you to receiving comments others post but won’t make you eligible to win.

  5. Thanks to Robby for doing so much to keep rokslide going. Welcome to rokslide Tim glad to have you guys here. I would like the 10 degree bag

  6. The 30 degree quilt would be fantastic on my hike from the Mississippi Delta in Louisiana, up the Mississippi River, to Lake Itasca in Minnesota, starting on March 1st!

  7. I have a 10 degree and 20 degree RevX from Tim and they are incredible. He is also a generous supporter of the Florida Trail Association (Thanks Tim). Great product. I’d love a 30 degree Enigma. Thanks for the Interview and the opportunity. Had already liked EE’s Facebook page.

  8. Am I reading right that only regular length size is offered?
    Can my wife use her facebook account to like or does she need to register..same email?

  9. Bruce, yes, we are offering the Regular Length in this giveaway for both Enigmas. If you want to use your wife’s FB account, that is fine, but she’d need to subscribe to the blog and post in the comments, too.

    Some info on sizing from Enlightened’s website http://www.enlightenedequipment.com/ :
    Enigma quilts are offered in 4 lengths to accommodate users of most heights:
    Short for users up to 5’4″ tall (66″ actual length)
    Regular for users up to 5′10″ tall (72″ actual length)
    Long for users up to 6’4″ tall (78″ actual length)
    Xlong for users up to 6’10″ tall (84″ actual length)

    We offer quilts in four widths to cover all user sizes and applications: (all quilts are half tapered for maximum coverage)
    Slim is well suited to hammock users, back sleepers, slimmer side sleepers, and users who have a slim or athletic build. 50″head half tapered to 38″foot.
    Regular is best suited to users who sleep either in a hammock or on a ground pad on their backs, side sleepers, and slimmer users that toss and turn in the night. 54″ head half tapered to 40″ foot.
    Wide is best suited to larger users who sleep either in a hammock or on a ground pad, larger side sleepers, and users that toss and turn in the night. 58″ head half tapered to 42″ foot.

    Xwide is best suited to the largest users who sleep either on a ground pad, largest side sleepers, and large users that toss and turn in the night. 64″ head half tapered to 46″ foot. Xwideis also an option for 2 sleepers on the ground who like being very close and are thin in size.

  10. [b][u]Enigma 10 degree[/u][/b]

    I really want it!!!
    I’m from Japan.So,I recommend it for Japanese user.




    [b]to me!!![/b]

    Thank you for this chance and Tim Marshall’s interview!

  11. For my uses, either would be used. Since I am in a hammock about 90% of the time the 30 would be a first choice, but the 10 would be welcome when I am on the plains and can’t string up a hammock, and I am stuck in a Megatarp.


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