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Quilts for restless sleepers
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John Witt
(johnbrown2005) - F

Locale: Portland, OR
Quilts for restless sleepers on 08/12/2005 18:56:03 MDT Print View

I toss and turn alot while sleeping and have noticed a number of references to quilts (i'm thinking about buying/making one) not being good for sidesleepers. Are there other restless sleepers out there who have had good experiences w/ quilts?

Jason Smith
(JasonS) - MLife

Locale: Northeast
POD 30 on 08/12/2005 21:24:56 MDT Print View

Take a look at the Pod 30 from Western mountaineering, have yet to try it in any real cold. ie 30 or below. But, have been happy with it so far. And Western Mountaineer is generally on with their temp ratings.

cushing hamlen
(chamlen) - F

Locale: Minnesota
Re: Quilts for restless sleepers on 08/12/2005 22:11:45 MDT Print View

John: I class myself as a restless sleeper - varying from my back, to my sides, to my stomach, etc. While I have not used a "quilt" as such, for the last two summers I have been using the REI "Travel Down" sleeping bag. It is a 45 degree bag that opens up very much like the quilts you hear being discussed. I have used it opened up as a quilt in temps down to about 40 degrees with clothes on to boost the temp rating...and have found the experience much, much more comfortable than a closed-up sleeping bag. This is a VERY light bag...and my expectation is that a "true" quilt with more down will be equally comfortable down at lower temps. Personally, I am eyeing the Arc Alpinist by Nunatak (actually Ryan's design, I believe) if I do not have the time to make one myself.....

john Tier
(Peter_pan) - M

Locale: Co-Owner Jacks 'R' Better, LLC, VA
More tuck on 08/13/2005 07:47:50 MDT Print View

Additional source of light weight, down quilts, with baffling and footbox capability is Jacks 'R' Better, see Spotlites reports... We also make a unique Weather Shield System... The top of which is like a quilt style footed "bivi"...It is waterproof, windproof, breathable, made of Microporous Polypropylene ( Same as Dri Ducks), It is 79x53 which is 5 inches wider than the quilts to provide more security to the ground user...Weight is 6.7 oz...cost is $25.

Edited by Peter_pan on 08/13/2005 07:48:45 MDT.

Patti Binder
(quiltbinder) - MLife

Locale: Southwestern Indiana
quilts on 08/13/2005 22:10:06 MDT Print View

I have 3 quilts(6,9,&12oz.down fill) that I made from kits from I made them with drawcord/velcro foot boxes (instead of sewn closed foot boxes) so I can also use them for hammock underquilts. When I sleep curled up on my side in the hammock, I sometimes get chilled on the backside of my legs, even when the rest of me is toasty. I usually just tuck the quilt in more, or turn over. It's a mild annoyance and not bothersome enough that I would ever give up the comfort of quilts and hammocks over it.

cushing hamlen
(chamlen) - F

Locale: Minnesota
Re: quilts on 08/13/2005 22:35:05 MDT Print View

At the risk of turning this in to more of a DIY discussion, I am curious about the drawcord style foot closure. I am considering making a quilt (the Arc Alpinist is nice, but a bit too pricey for me), and have been struggling with the mechanics of how to sew the footbox. Two questions for you: first, how is the comfort of the drawstring-style footbox? Part of me wonders whether is it too confining on the feet. Second (here is more of the DIY forum question), do you know just how does one go about sewing a baffled footbox and keep the fabric raw ends hidden? Ordinarily I would say to invert the work, sew leaving a hole, then turn the work back to outside-out. But is seems in this case the baffles would get in the way. Do you know or can you direct me to where to look? The on-line Thru-Hiker directions are quite vague on this point.....

Patti Binder
(quiltbinder) - MLife

Locale: Southwestern Indiana
quilt footbox on 08/13/2005 23:09:59 MDT Print View

The drawstring footbox doesn't give me any problem. Just make a casing at the end of the bag and thread a drawsting (or elastis cord) through it. About 18" of velcro(the nonsnag stuff is nice, but weaker and needs a snap at the top)on each edge of the bottom closes the footbox.
I haven't made a baffled footbox, but I think if you study the directions carefully it will finally make sense. And if you have any trouble, Ayce will help you. Get some cheap sale fabric or muslin and make a practice quilt shell to get the hang of how it goes together, and make sure it's the right size for you.
On footbox size; if you have really big feet, make sure the width of the foot end of the quilt is enough to go around your feet when comfortably splayed. Oh, also if you use a drawsting at the bottom, make sure the quilt is long enough to go from your heal, over the bottoms of your feet and up over your shoulders.
I hope this helps.

cushing hamlen
(chamlen) - F

Locale: Minnesota
Re: quilt footbox on 08/14/2005 08:23:39 MDT Print View

Thanks Patti.