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Dave U
(FamilyGuy) - F

Locale: Rockies
Getting the back straps closed on a quilt on 01/10/2010 08:35:50 MST Print View

Okay - here goes. I continue to go back and forth on purchasing a quilt. I think I understand the pros and cons, but my next question may come off as a bit strange:

With respect to the back straps, how does one put the quilt over themselves and tighten the straps sufficiently as it would appear that ones arms won't be free to do so? Sorry for the newb question!

josh wagner
(StainlessSteel) - F
well on 01/10/2010 08:46:37 MST Print View

i hammock dave, so it's not really an issue for me, but i imagine that i'd just inflate my airmat, slip it into the quilt, then tighten the straps, then slip myself down into it

Doug I.
(idester) - MLife

Locale: MidAtlantic
Re: Getting the back straps closed on a quilt on 01/10/2010 09:07:26 MST Print View

I imagine you'll get a variety of answers on this. For me, I never use the top strap. Haven't from the beginning. I started using quilts to get away from the closed in feeling I had from sleeping bags. At first, I'd attach the lower strap around my airpad somewhat loosely, but I don't even do that anymore. I put my feet into the footbox and then simply tuck the quilt around me as necessary. I toss and turn a lot when on the ground, so the less constricting the better! In the hammock I hardly move (I do love my hammock!) so once I tuck the quilt in it stays put. In fact, I'm finding the straps to be a bit of a nuisance at times, and am thinking of cutting them off. I would recommend, if you get a quilt, to have it modded so the straps are completely removable. Choice is great!

Joseph Jacaruso
(CaptainJac) - MLife

Locale: Southeast
Getting the back straps closed on a quilt on 01/10/2010 09:34:27 MST Print View

Like Douglas I don't use the straps either. I took them off and have not missed them at all.

Donna C
(leadfoot) - M

Locale: Middle Virginia
Re: Getting the back straps closed on a quilt on 01/10/2010 09:59:22 MST Print View

I'm a new quilt user, so the experience level is low. My straps are removable, and if I use them, I can snap off one end with my hand because they are inside the edge of the quilt. But I find I don't like them and like others, I use it like a blanket at home. Best purchase ever made for me.

Ryan Linn
(ryan.c.linn)

Locale: Maine!
Re: Getting the back straps closed on a quilt on 01/10/2010 10:04:13 MST Print View

I started using quilts this past summer, and my solution to the straps was just to use them, but not put them around the sleeping pad. In the summer, I usually took them off and didn't use them. In the colder temps, I had the lower straps (near the feet) tightened as far as they'd go before I got in, since I knew I wouldn't need much extra space for my legs. For the upper strap, I was able to tighten it with a tiny bit of practice while in the quilt. Hard to explain, but it's not that hard once you get the hand of it.

I know that's not much of an answer, but it's what I've got :)

Dave U
(FamilyGuy) - F

Locale: Rockies
Getting the back straps closed on a quilt on 01/10/2010 11:43:33 MST Print View

This is exactly the information I was looking for. Thanks all!

Raymond Estrella
(rayestrella) - MLife

Locale: Northern Minnesota
Getting the back straps closed on a quilt on 01/10/2010 14:29:40 MST Print View

I will toss another wrinkle for you David,

I too mostly just use the quilt without the straps. But I have decided that when it gets cold enough to want the straps to hold the quilt tight under me I just attach them under ME and on top of the pad. I found that it is warmer to pull the edges under my body.

Even when using them under the pad I found immediately that I did not like the top one hooked up.

I will see if I treat the Exp the same once it gets here.

Jeff Patrick
(callmeammo) - F

Locale: Sacramento
straps on 01/10/2010 16:07:56 MST Print View

Just move the quilt to the side of you while in it and then tighten the straps and twist it around you to the proper position. Its pretty easy and only needed if its really cold and you don't want the possibility of a draft/move a lot.