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.
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
Remember, you must be both a Rok Blog subscriber AND “Like” the Enlightened Equipment Facebook page. It’s that easy. These giveaways have great odds, so don’t delay. There’s no catch! Just get entered and watch your inbox.