I had the opportunity to test the new ENO down-filled quilts and I posted my review today on my blog:
Main takeaways? The quilts are mainstream. There's not a ton of innovation like we've seen in our cottage vendors, but they have done their homework with the basics such as differential baffles, etc. I really like the under quilt design where they've put stationary shock cords on each corner, which not only allows you to independently adjust each corner, but also prevents the quilt from sliding or sagging. There are other solutions to this problem, but this is probably the simplest and lightest I've seen. I'm going to retrofit some of my quilts with this technique.
The prices are much higher than I would expect for a 750 fill-power quilt. And unless I'm missing something, the supply chain just doesn't add up to the sticker price. I know ENO is retailing these, which means there is an MSRP markup, and that can account for some overhead.
To me, this is both good and bad for consumers and cottage vendors. First of all, I hope we all know that these 800 and 900 fill power quilts made by cottage vendors are aggressively priced. Other premium down garment makers like Western Mountaineering are much higher priced. I think in some ways this opens the doors for cottage vendors to raise their prices if the market supports it. ENO is a popular brand and I'm not sure Joe Average consumer has the patience to wait for custom quilts like we are. In all respects, the custom quilt should be the premium product, but they are currently priced in the bargain basement. ENO may set the pace.