What's a good summertime quilt?
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Paul Sturrock
(Byblow) - F
BPL Quilts on 03/03/2009 15:53:42 MST Print View

Ryan, thank you so much for the thoughtful reply. That really helps a lot, although it leaves me as unsure of what to do as before! Most of the quilts and bags mentioned so far are rather pricey; perhaps I'll find a good deal on one of them.

Ryan Stoughton
(TxTengu) - F

Locale: Seattle
Another Option on 03/03/2009 16:10:13 MST Print View

Another option would be a MYOG quilt. Ray Jardine sells kits through his site. Great instructions and easy to make. (Even if you have no sewing experience.) The benefit with the kit is that you can customize it as far as width, adding straps, etc. The quilt will more than likely be a little heavier/bulkier than anything from BPL, GoLite, Nunatak, JRB etc, but it's cheaper. If you're new to the quilt thing it's a great place to start!

David Moody
(funkyrat) - F
MLD quilts on 03/03/2009 16:46:13 MST Print View

Mountain Laurel Designs makes a quality quilt option (yet another quality product from Ron Bell). I've had the 2.5oz model down to 45, wouldn't take it much lower without a pullover, or I'd just switch to a Golite at that point.

Denis Hazlewood
(redleader) - MLife

Locale: Luxury-Light Luke on the Llano Azul
Re: Re: What's a good summertime quilt? on 03/03/2009 17:03:36 MST Print View

Lynn 'n Franco,

Gear Fondlers Anonymous.

Hi, My name is Denis and I'm a closet gear fondler.

Brad Groves
(4quietwoods) - MLife

Locale: Michigan
Re: Re: Re: What's a good summertime quilt? on 03/03/2009 17:21:06 MST Print View

Denis,
Is that "Gear Closet Fondler" or "Closet Gear Fondler?"

Lynn Tramper
(retropump) - F

Locale: The Antipodes of La Coruna
Re: Re: Re: Re: What's a good summertime quilt? on 03/03/2009 18:33:44 MST Print View

Welcome Denis. Doesn't it feel better to be out of the closet now?? Fondling gear is sooo much more satisfying in the light of day (and even better in the backyard).

Tim Marshall
(MarshLaw303) - MLife

Locale: Minnesota
Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: What's a good summertime quilt? on 03/03/2009 18:42:18 MST Print View

If this is going to be your first quilt i think you should make it yourself. It is very easy and this way you can try it with little $$ invested. Under $60 for sure.

Use 2.5yd climashield Combat 3.7oz (based on your needs) from Thru-hiker.com and 5yds 1.1oz ripstop from any number of places. I have even gotten it at big chain fabric stores. (if you get it at a local be 100% sure it isn't coated, the sales staff will be useless)

As far as putting it together. fabric, fabric, insulation. Sew all but 8" shut, pull inside out=quilt. Sew 8" closed go hiking. I can give a much more detailed explanation or even make you a quilt. However, i think the best is to just do it.

Not only can you try a quilt on the cheap but you can build a new skill.

-Tim

Raymond Estrella
(rayestrella) - MLife

Locale: Northern Minnesota
Gear Fondlers Anonymous on 03/03/2009 21:46:53 MST Print View

Hi Dennis,

Now that you have admitted your problem we are here to help.

To alleviate the problem you need to send all that gear to me for , uh, safekeeping while you work on the fondling issues.

Fingers twitching with anticipation, I mean, waiting to help,

Ray

Pamela Wyant
(RiverRunner) - F - M
What's a good summertime quilt on 03/03/2009 23:57:55 MST Print View

I really like my Nunatak Ghost - I had it custom made with slightly less down for a summer quilt and it's only 12.7 oz. I've had it down near freezing with the additon of a Montbell Down Inner Parka, an Icebreaker 200 base layer, and BPL Cocoon Pants. Tom at Nunatak will work with you to customize his products to fit your needs.

The MYOG synthetic quilt is a good idea for starting out to see if you like quilting though. I started with one of the Ray Jardine quilts and it was a good starter. I still keep it as a 'loaner'.

Paul Sturrock
(Byblow) - F
Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: What's a good summertime quilt? on 03/05/2009 08:38:00 MST Print View

Marshall, I might just take your advice or get a Ray-Way kit. Then again, the BPL 90 quilt is also looking attractive and relatively cheap.

Tim Marshall
(MarshLaw303) - MLife

Locale: Minnesota
Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: What's a good summertime quilt? on 03/05/2009 18:16:30 MST Print View

Ray Way is a rip off. He charged too much for simple plans and the footbox is crap.

BPL does have good prices on their 2 warmer weather quilts. Whats up with that? They are never cheap on anything. I read someplace they are switching from DELTA to XP. IS this why these 2 quilts are so cheap right now?

-Tim

john Tier
(Peter_pan) - M

Locale: Co-Owner Jacks 'R' Better, LLC, VA
Inexpensive quilts on 03/08/2009 15:04:03 MDT Print View

Paul,

This is the time of year to contact the quilt manufactures for availablity of demos of last year models.... Potential on a demo or irregular is normally 30-50% off...

FWIW, JRB is converting to a new subdued olive drab from the kelly green.

Pan

Franco Darioli
(Franco) - M

Locale: Melbourne
What's a good summertime quilt? on 03/08/2009 16:19:29 MDT Print View

I noticed some time ago the new look at the JRB web site, well done ...
http://www.jacksrbetter.com/

Denis did not need to come out of the closet, the door was well and truly open and we could see inside.
Not sure if we should allow pros like Ray to be part of the club. Some of us can at least pretend not to be addicted.
Franco

Don Meredith
(donmeredith) - F

Locale: SouthEast
BPL Quilts on 03/08/2009 17:43:39 MDT Print View

Does anyone have experience with a WM Caribou and the BPL 60? How do they compare in terms of compressibility and packed size?