MYOG - SUL 40° Quilt ??
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Greg Mihalik
(greg23) - M

Locale: Colorado
MYOG - SUL 40° Quilt ?? on 02/04/2009 18:21:58 MST Print View

I looking for a 35°/40° down quilt under 16 ounces. I'm guessing at a 55/55/35 profile. I'm open to a sewn-thru, or any other suggestions you might have. Except synthetic - to bulky for me.

This is for Sierra summers, or the Grand Canyon October thru April, and probably will be paired with a BPL Cocoon or Patagonia R1 hoody and a bivy.

I can't cut much weight on down, so that leaves fabric- about 6 yards for top and bottom, plus baffles, if used.

With Pertex .8 sold only to manufactures, AFAIK, aside from Momentum .9, what other UL fabric options are available?

Thanks in advance.

Edited by greg23 on 02/04/2009 18:55:45 MST.

Matt Lutz
(citystuckhiker) - F

Locale: Midwest
Quilt on 02/04/2009 19:40:41 MST Print View

Momentum is the lightest breathable fabric that is commercially available. I bought mine from Thru-hiker.com, and I recommend that site for all of your quilt-making needs.

If you're looking for dimensions, check out Mountain Laurel Designs's quilts.

Tim Marshall
(MarshLaw303) - MLife

Locale: Minnesota
Re: MYOG - SUL 40° Quilt ?? on 02/04/2009 21:34:43 MST Print View

the down quilt kit from thru-hiker is a good deal with 5yd of momentum and 12oz of down for $150. For a 40* quilt you may only need 6oz, probably more like 9 but not 12 so the materials are only $125 and that includes some nanoseeum for baffles which you may not need to use to reach 40* and 16oz. Sewn through is easier, but baffling isn't really that hard, just time consuming.

I have made a bunch of quilts and 5yds is always more than i use.

How long do you plan to make the quilt and how much loft do you want to reach your goal of 40*?

is it 55head, 55hip and 35 foot? So it doesn't taper until the hip?

I am 6'2" 300lbs and my quilts are around 53head tapering to 40foot by 80" long. 35" foot is very tight for me and i only wear an 11.

I can tell you that 16oz may be tough. I made a bag with 1.3" loft (900 fill speer down) and it came in at 17oz (1.1oz fabric & no-see-um). It was very long, maybe 84 or 86" i forget. I think you'll want at least 1.5" of loft maybe even 1.75 and the baffles wouldn't hurt, but i doubt you'd make the 16oz goal (maybe 2oz-3oz of mesh used)

-Tim

Greg Mihalik
(greg23) - M

Locale: Colorado
Re: MYOG - SUL 40° Quilt ?? on 02/05/2009 08:21:49 MST Print View

Tim,
I'm 5'9", 180#, and fetal/side sleeper in constant rotation.

Dimensions - 55" at head, 55" at hips, then a taper to 38". Head to hips is 36" and hips to feet is 36". I'll probably extend the length to 80", but for material estimation it's good enough.

For loft I'm thinking 8 ounces in 1.5" baffles on 6" centers, based on other quilts.

I looked at Thru-Hiker but did not see any dimensions.

Under 16 ounces IS tough, especially with such "generous" dimensions. But the real question is about shell materials. What is the lightest availabe, aside from Cuben?. After that the question is sewn-thru or baffled?

PHD is doing some interesting stuff, but are to busy to do custom builds now. They do have a 41° bag at 16 oz, so I believe a quilt should be possible.

Thanks for the input.

Edited by greg23 on 02/05/2009 08:22:58 MST.

te - wa
(mikeinfhaz) - F

Locale: Phoenix
Re: Re: MYOG - SUL 40° Quilt ?? on 02/05/2009 08:51:37 MST Print View

Greg, maybe Tim can agree with me here: I think the width of your quilt should only match the girth of your shoulders. No more. If Tim can get by @ 300#s and a 53" quilt, why in the world are you looking for 55"? I dont know anybody who would use that big a quilt for 180#
Also, it was rumored that one could purchase (quantum-epic?) uberlite shells but ive seen nothing available. Momentum is made for Paul (ayce) at Thru-Hiker. That is the only place to find it.
FWIW, i have a 46x46x34 quilt with 1.1 ripstop, 1.75" loft on sewn thru baffles, that weighs 12.7 ounces. I would call it a 45° rating.
One way to save weight if you are hellbent on the 55" width, fill baffles that are 48" wide and have "quilt wings" (that is unfilled nylon edging) about 6" wide each side.

Greg Mihalik
(greg23) - M

Locale: Colorado
Re: MYOG - SUL 40° Quilt ?? on 02/05/2009 09:06:15 MST Print View

Michael,
Sleeping in a fetal position requires more width below the hips. Draping a blanket over me and measuring shows 50". I'm allowing couple of inches on each side to cover the gaps.

All that said, in warm weather a narrower cut may work.

Regardless of dimension though, I'm still in search of the lightest possible fabric to build with.

12D fabric is out there somewhere...
Is it strong enough to get stuffed and mashed? I don't know.

Thanks.

Edit: BTW, Golite a Utra 20 is 54 wide and a Nunatak is 55.

Edited by greg23 on 02/05/2009 09:19:24 MST.

Greg Mihalik
(greg23) - M

Locale: Colorado
Re: MYOG - SUL 40° Quilt ?? - WM Highlite? on 02/05/2009 09:10:16 MST Print View

Any Western Mountaineering Highlite owners using their bag as quilt?

Or care to comment on sewn-thru construction?

te - wa
(mikeinfhaz) - F

Locale: Phoenix
Re: Re: MYOG - SUL 40° Quilt ?? on 02/05/2009 09:11:14 MST Print View

youve promted me to make the very first "fetal shaped quilt" that is of course reversible.
seriously tho, if you can break into the Montbell facility get some of that 7 denier for me too!

(truth be told, using the Highlite in 60° with that tiny, almost useless zipper was the catalyst for buying my first quilt)

Edited by mikeinfhaz on 02/05/2009 09:15:56 MST.

Don Meredith
(donmeredith) - F

Locale: SouthEast
SUL Quilt on 02/05/2009 09:43:47 MST Print View

I use my WM Caribou as a quilt and it works fine. Probably doesn't help with your dimensions much but from the comfort standpoint I don't usually zip up until it gets in the 40F range.

Tim Marshall
(MarshLaw303) - MLife

Locale: Minnesota
Re: MYOG - SUL 40° Quilt ?? on 02/05/2009 15:55:07 MST Print View

momentum is the lightest fabric i know that is readily available to the MYOG crowd. At 20d it seems heavy compared to the 7d mentioned by others. If there is something lighter available (thats breathes, so cuben is out for me) i want to be first in line.

-Tim

Greg Mihalik
(greg23) - M

Locale: Colorado
Re: Re: MYOG - SUL 40° Quilt ?? on 02/05/2009 16:25:37 MST Print View

Tim,
I'll keep looking for that SUL 'mainstream' fabric, but I just remembered 1) Bill Fornshell's projects in silk, and 2) a local seamstress who makes silk clothing.

I've sent an e-mail off to Bill, and have a phone call into the seamstress.

I'm really leaning that way. 0.57 ounces per square yard for the 4.5mm Habotai and half the price of Momentum. The only decision is on baffles. But a less than a half an ounce I think I know the answer.

I'll keep you posted.

Thanks for your insights.

Mark Hurd
(markhurd) - M

Locale: South Texas
Re: Re: MYOG - SUL 40° Quilt ?? on 02/05/2009 16:41:31 MST Print View

(Greg- I was writing the message below as you were posting.)

You might consider 4.5 mm silk. The "mm" stands for momme (pronounced mummy) and is a measure of silk fabric by wt. You can look it up, but basically multiply the momme wt by 0.128 to get the oz per square yard. So 4.5 mm = .57 oz/ yd2. I made a quilt from this material 2 years ago and it is about 99.9 % downproof. A few feathers escape occasionally. It is breathable and it comes in white. You could dye it any color you like. Relatively strong and not too expensive. I got my silk from Thai Silk (http://www.thaisilks.com) You want Habotai or China Silk. I just checked and the 4.5mm silk is 54" wide and $4.15 a yard. Bill Fornshell has used this in some of his projects.

Happy Trails,
-Mark

Edited by markhurd on 02/05/2009 16:44:08 MST.

Greg Mihalik
(greg23) - M

Locale: Colorado
Re: MYOG - SUL 40° Quilt ?? on 02/05/2009 17:03:52 MST Print View

Mark,
Convergence! I Love it.

Just what I needed to hear.

Thanks.

Brad Groves
(4quietwoods) - MLife

Locale: Michigan
Re: Re: Re: MYOG - SUL 40° Quilt ?? on 02/05/2009 17:09:51 MST Print View

Greg and all-
I did some experimenting with several silks a while ago. To determine if the silks were downproof enough for my satisfaction, I made little down "sachets" and I would work them between my hands--simulating stuffing into a sack and pulling out. Two samples I used and found not nearly downproof enough for my purposes were the 4.5 and 8 momme Habotai/China silks from Thai Silks. After just a few stuffings I found little bits of down coming out. Not pin feathers, no quills, just the dandelion-puff-like stuff. Wispy little things coming through. I was not okay with having 4 or 5 wisps poking out of a 3-4" sample square every time I stuffed the pillow into my hand a few times. If you were using the silk as baffling material only that'd work fine. Or if you were using the silk to contain down, then shell it all in something else. I found a heavier dupioni silk that worked quite well. I've also found that 12mm twill is reasonably downproof, though not quite to my expectations. I'm not trying to be disagreeable or argumentative, Mark! I've just had different experiences and think folks should hear "the other side" before making their decision. I'd say the 4.5mm Habotai I got from Thai Silks is, I dunno, 85% downproof? I want to say less than that, but reality is that my experience has probably been in that 85-90% range. I admit that I have little tolerance for down escaping from my things. My old Western bag has probably lost fewer than 10 down pods in well over a decade. Just food for thought, all...

Brad Groves
(4quietwoods) - MLife

Locale: Michigan
Re: Re: MYOG - SUL 40° Quilt ?? - WM Highlite? on 02/05/2009 17:15:55 MST Print View

My WM Summerlite has the same dimensions as the Highlite; I use it as a quilt when occasion demands, works great! I like the versatility... if I get cold I can totally ensconce myself with downy goodness, and if it's too warm I use it like a quilt. Good stuff.

I also have a WM Mitylite, sewn-though. At 40*F, its low range, I can distinctly feel drafts/cool spots at the sewn-through lines. Perhaps it's a bit of pea and princess; I do tend to sleep cold.

Mark Hurd
(markhurd) - M

Locale: South Texas
Re: SUL 40 Quilt --Silk's limits on 02/05/2009 17:53:29 MST Print View

Brad,

Ok, maybe 99.9% is a little high.:-) But I still maintain that it is pretty down-proof. The quilt is approximately 70 x 48 inches, sewn though construction. I would say I lose and average 1-3 plumules every time I stuff then unstuff it. Sometimes none and sometime up to five, so 3 is a reasonable average. I have about 60 camping nights with that quilt or roughly 180 plumules lost. There is no appreciable difference in loft, at least that I can tell. I may be a little more tolerant of escaping down than you are. Now, my quilt will probably not last the 10 years your WM bag has so there is a trade off. I might not use the 4.5mm for a sleeping bag where zipped up it would get more tugging and pulling as I roll around in my sleep. But as a top quilt where it is basically settled on top of me, or an underquilt for a hammock, I am very pleased with the 4.5mm silk. Hope this helps everyone understand some of the pluses and minuses of my silk use.

-Mark

Edited by markhurd on 02/05/2009 17:57:13 MST.

Greg Mihalik
(greg23) - M

Locale: Colorado
Re: SUL 40 Quilt --Silk's limits on 02/05/2009 18:31:02 MST Print View

The discussion, observations and perspective certainly helps me. Somehow I don't mind if things aren't perfect, IF I know up front that will be the case. If I expect 'perfect' and it doesn't happen then I'm bummed. But it is so much easier to know what to expect and accept it.

In this case, I suspect there will be a lot of surprises and that's OK. If I get a 12 ounce 35° bag from this effort I'll be very happy. If it lasts 5 seasons before I have to rebuild I'll be ecstatic.

Thanks all for input. I pick up some lightweight silk samples tomorrow to see how the machine and I get along with it. If all goes well I should have a quilt by mid-March.

Edited by greg23 on 02/05/2009 18:32:15 MST.

Bill Fornshell
(bfornshell) - MLife

Locale: Southern Texas
MYOG - SUL 40° Quilt ?? on 02/05/2009 22:28:35 MST Print View

Hi Greg,

You will not be happy with the results of the 4.5mm Habotai as it is not Down Proof.

I also have tried both Thru-Hiker Down and the Down from Ed Speer. The Ed Speer Down seemed to have a lot more feathers in it. Not good for a shell material that is weak in the Down Proof area.

I don't make Quilts any more and now make a sleeping bag with a non- insulated bottom.

For a 40 degree Quilt / Sleeping bag as stated above I would use one of the good synthetic insulations. With a synthetic insulation you could use light Silk and the weight you are trying for would be easy to achieve.

Using your measurements I get about 2.77 squard yards per layer of material or insulation.

XP 2.5 ounce per sq yard Insulation x 2.77 sq yards = 6.92 ounces.
Silk Shell Material .57 oz per sq yard x 2.77 = 1.58 ounces x 2 = 3.16 oz

Total weight = 10.08 oz.

This is a planning weight only.

Greg Mihalik
(greg23) - M

Locale: Colorado
Re: MYOG - SUL 40° Quilt ?? on 02/06/2009 08:25:08 MST Print View

Bill,
Thanks for input.

I'm pretty set on down for it's better low-volume packing. There would be no point to 10mm silk given the qualities of Momentum.

Time to re-think.

Brad Groves
(4quietwoods) - MLife

Locale: Michigan
Re: Re: MYOG - SUL 40° Quilt ?? on 02/06/2009 09:04:53 MST Print View

The math is all right there, but to give voice to it... if you were to round up to 6 square yards of material you'd have 3.42 ounces of 4.5mm silk or 5.4 ounces of 0.9oz Momentum. It's a 2 ounce difference. Say you use 9 ounces of down, that still gets you in at 14.4 ounces, plus a bit for notions and Murphy. Seems good to me!