Okay, first post, my eyes almost hurt from all the reading. This is a great site! Just found it a little while ago.
I've been making some gear for awhile now, mainly stuff bags, some larger type gear bags, etc.
I'm going to order a thru-hike vest kit to help further my education as well.
What I need is a really light sleeping system for backcountry trips to mid sept here in AK,,so could get by with something in the 20 degree range.
I like the quilt design but don't know if I can totally get away from some type of securing system. I was thinking of something of a cross between a Big Agnes and a quilt.
So use the 21oz insulated BA pad and a quilt thats sewed in on one side? Larger flap on the other side? Maybe a zipper or even velcro??
I'm is the thinking process here still, was wondering is anyone has done some "hybrid" type designs, I'd love to see them if you have, my reason to build, is first just to do it,,,,but think I can save some money too, even with a over stuff kit from thru hiker, I can geterdone for under 2?
And weight is huge, I'm thinking I can get a overstuff to 19oz,,,,so have a sleep system at 40 oz ish? Some of the traditional bags in this class are in the 3-400 dollar range,,,and lets face it, its a long winter up here, need another project!