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Jeremy Greene
(tippymcstagger) - F

Locale: North Texas
Capability Down pants! on 02/24/2010 15:25:33 MST Print View

Greene down pants

I owe a cookie to anyone who catches the obscure name reference without googling.

We made our first down garment. For this first (post-muslin) mock-up we used some ripstop from JoAnn's. With 3oz of 800+ and a total weight of 10.9oz on a ~150lb. person, the spec's may not be impressive by BPL standards, but should improve. The next try will use some <1oz/sqyd fabric and a little more down. May be able to trim the pattern a bit more after we test these this weekend in Oklahoma. Any thoughts?

drowning in spam
(leaftye) - F

Locale: SoCal
Re: Capability Down pants! on 02/24/2010 16:13:26 MST Print View

10 ounces is decent, but it looks like it needs more loft to be worth the weight. The quality looks good to my untrained eyes.

Ken Thompson
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: Behind the Redwood Curtain
Capability Down pants! on 02/24/2010 17:05:16 MST Print View

Looks great,nutnfancy

Clint Wayman
(cwayman1) - M

Locale: East Tennessee, US
Capability Down...? on 02/25/2010 07:59:16 MST Print View

Is this a Capability Brown reference? It was one of those "capability down, capability down, capability... BROWN!" kind of moments... and then I laughed a bit =D
anyway, cool pants!
email: cwayman1@utk.edu

... so I can get that cookie =D!

Edited by cwayman1 on 02/25/2010 08:00:41 MST.

Jeremy Greene
(tippymcstagger) - F

Locale: North Texas
We have a winner. Re: Capability Down...? on 02/25/2010 09:54:29 MST Print View

Just PM your address. We've got some good pecan brownies in the fridge right now. Not exactly a cookie, but we can make some next week if you suggest a kind. One should survive the mail in winter even without preservatives.

Dan Durston
(dandydan)

Locale: Cascadia
Weight on 02/25/2010 15:56:28 MST Print View

The specs on these pants are reasonable.....3oz of down in 10.9oz pants is 27.5% of the garments weight. For comparison the Montbell UL Down Inner Pants are 2oz of down in 6.8oz pants. So the down is 29.4% of the garments weight.

With that said, the total weight of the fabrics, elastics etc is 4.8oz in the Montbell pants and 7.9oz in your pants. If you could get this weight closer to 5oz you'd have some amazing pants. 3oz of down in 7-8oz pants would be excellent.

Rick Dreher
(halfturbo) - MLife

Locale: Northernish California
Re: Capability Down pants! on 02/25/2010 16:05:21 MST Print View

Having an 8y.o. at home I was obliged to think of Spongebob Square Pants and nothing else.

Nice trousers, nevertheless.

Cheers,

Rick

David Olsen
(oware)

Locale: Steptoe Butte
Nice on 02/25/2010 16:16:30 MST Print View

Good looking pants. They look pretty trim as they are.
I'd like to make some for myself like that at some point.

Where did you get the
down?

I have on order a case of .9 ounce calendared "enertia" fabric
on order and will probably have it for sale in a few weeks,
if decide to make another iteration.

Tim Marshall
(MarshLaw303) - MLife

Locale: Minnesota
Re: Nice on 02/25/2010 17:06:33 MST Print View

is that what we're all calling it Dave, or is that name trademarked by OWARE?

-Tim

David Olsen
(oware)

Locale: Steptoe Butte
20d on 02/25/2010 18:00:14 MST Print View

I don't know what to call it yet, but it gives you the idea.

Jeffs Eleven
(WoodenWizard) - F

Locale: Greater Mt Tabor
Re: Capability Down pants! on 02/25/2010 18:45:23 MST Print View

Obviously this would be a weight killer... but would it not make any sense to put a chunk of Climashield in stead of down in the buttock region of insulated pants? Just to toughen it up- and defend against the 'wet-out blues'?

Also, why are there no insulated shorts?

Am I an idiot?

Tim Marshall
(MarshLaw303) - MLife

Locale: Minnesota
Re: Re: Capability Down pants! on 02/25/2010 20:13:33 MST Print View

Jeff,

don't pee your pants and down will work fine!

-Tim

Jeffs Eleven
(WoodenWizard) - F

Locale: Greater Mt Tabor
Re: Re: Re: Capability Down pants! on 02/25/2010 20:23:18 MST Print View

Yeah- maybe I should get Climashield in the front! Even better- a waterproof zipper in the front of insulated shorts! Now that's progress

Bradford Rogers
(Mocs123) - MLife

Locale: Southeast Tennessee
Re: Re: Re: Re: Capability Down pants! on 02/25/2010 20:27:17 MST Print View

I think they look great! If you were to make them out of some 0.9 material they should have a warmth to weight ratio as good as anything on the market! I like the simplicity.

James Byrnes
(backfeets1) - M

Locale: Midwest.... Missouri
Weight on 02/25/2010 23:47:25 MST Print View

Consider ... at the ankles only half length elastic, same on waist. Inseam length 2.5 inch strip of fabric instead of double material and no insulation. Use the saved down to boost amount elsewhere.

David Olsen
(oware)

Locale: Steptoe Butte
Re: Re: Capability Down pants! on 02/26/2010 08:10:20 MST Print View

Down is more durable than the synthetics. I would stick with
the down.

An old book on winter camping from the 70's has instructions
for making your own down shorts.

Jeremy Greene
(tippymcstagger) - F

Locale: North Texas
Re: Weight on 02/26/2010 08:43:08 MST Print View

"Inseam length 2.5 inch strip of fabric instead of double material and no insulation."

James Byrnes, I don't understand the line above. Please clarify. Good suggestion on elastic.

Thanks everyone for the other notes and encouragement.

David Olson, what was the book with down shorts from the 70's? Any other suggested books on the subject I should read?

Jeremy Greene
(tippymcstagger) - F

Locale: North Texas
Re: Nice on 02/26/2010 09:32:39 MST Print View

"Where did you get the down?"

David, Oops, I missed this question before.

I purchased from Thru Hiker. Good service and price. The down from Ed Speer is a little more expensive and a corresponding increase claimed quality ("900" v. "800+"). Both have simple checkout through Paypal. I have had good experience with both companies. My decision was made by the lower shipping cost at Thru Hiker. I don't know how shipping would be affected by a larger order.

I would also consider trying the 750 from Kooka Bay. I had already ordered when I found this. Their price for 750 is about half that of the top quality downs mentioned above. The numbers seem to favor 750 (or lower) until you get into really thick garments or Cuben shells. This holds for personal use. I think it would be difficult for one to market "UL" gear without "the best" regardless of engineering values. YMMV, I am more confident with my design skills than my grasp of pop culture.

David Olsen
(oware)

Locale: Steptoe Butte
Winter Camping Book on 02/26/2010 10:18:03 MST Print View

I don't remember the name, and I got rid of a lot of books
when I moved. I got it around 1979.

James Byrnes
(backfeets1) - M

Locale: Midwest.... Missouri
Re: Re: Weight on 03/03/2010 00:30:20 MST Print View

Jeremy,

For the length of the seam on the inner side of each leg, do not use any insulation. Since no insulation is used there is no reason to use a double layer of shell material. I suggest a width of this area to be 2.5 inches. You save the weight of down in this area and the weight of one layer of shell material. Or the down could be shifted to other areas of the garment. Less insulation in the inseam area cuts bulk, chaffing, abrasion. I usually use insulated pants to sleep in, and since I use a mummy style bag my legs are together and need less insulation.