I have no experience with the JRB product but I am quite experienced with a now 15 year old scout. The question you need to ask is how will you and he deal with the eventual damage. With 8 years of scouting ahead of him your son's equipment is destined to collect a few battle scars. Tears can be mended, lost down replaced...
I recommend treating the both of you to the topquilts you really want.