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Jeffrey McConnell
Ideas for a low cost 20-30 degree (down) quilt on 04/08/2010 21:22:51 MDT Print View

So far I've seen the golite ultra 20. Any others? I want to give a quilt a try to see how I like it. I'm a side sleeper, so I think I may end up liking it more than my mummy bag I have right now. For use in SoCal and the Sierras.

Edited by Catalyst on 04/08/2010 21:44:41 MDT.

James Naphas
(naphas13) - MLife

Locale: SoCal
Cheapish Quilt on 04/08/2010 23:20:07 MDT Print View

JRB No Sniveler or Sierra Sniveler. $269.95 for either. They're probably 25F quilts. As a side sleeper I'd probably opt for the slightly wider Sierra Sniveler.

>> Bender <<
(Bender) - MLife

Locale: NEO
Re: Ideas for a low cost 20-30 degree (down) quilt on 04/08/2010 23:37:24 MDT Print View

Ask in the great swap section. Someone is bound to have an inexpensive down quilt they can part with.

Rog Tallbloke
(tallbloke) - F

Re: Ideas for a low cost 20-30 degree (down) quilt on 04/09/2010 00:47:03 MDT Print View

Roger Caffin did a good article on converting a mummy sleeping bag to a quilt. Given you are a novice quilt user, the extra width would be useful. I picked up a 4 season Marmot bag on U.S. ebay for $85. You could grab something similar, cut it down, and keep some of the down for another project.

Read up on handling down before you take the knife to it!

Mark McLauchlin
(markmclauchlin) - MLife

Locale: Western Australia
Re: Re: Ideas for a low cost 20-30 degree (down) quilt on 04/09/2010 01:11:25 MDT Print View

Why not buy a kit from thru-hike and try making one yourself?


Jeffrey McConnell
thru hiker on 04/09/2010 07:53:24 MDT Print View

I really liked the thru hiker quilt from what I saw online. I've considered making it myself, but I read through the directions at thru hiker and was a little confused on some of the steps. I have no sewing skills and think the quilt is a little much for my first MYOG project. Maybe I could find someone to make the kit for me, although it would probably be easier to just buy one. I'd like to make my own at some point.

Edited by Catalyst on 04/09/2010 08:04:04 MDT.

John Donewar
(Newton) - MLife

Locale: Southeastern Louisiana
Re: thru hiker on 04/09/2010 11:23:10 MDT Print View


Are you interested in a down or synthetic insulation?

Thru Hiker has the materials for both. Sewing and filling baffles with down could be a challenging task for a first attempt at a MYOG quilt. A synthetic using Momentum 0.9 oz Ultralite Ripstop for the exterior, Momentum 0.9 oz Ultralite Taffeta for the interior (liner) and 3.7 oz Climashield Combat insulation could provide you with a @16oz. quilt that could be good to about 35 degrees.

Copy and paste the link below to your address bar.
This is Tim Marshall's website.

On Tim's site he lists suggestions for sizes, approximations of temperature ratings of different insulations and has a downloadable quilt weight calculator for MS EXCEL.

MYOG is both challenging and satisfying. Warning! Once you start you'll be hooked on MYOG. :-)

Party On ! 2010


Jeffrey McConnell
i'm interested in down on 04/09/2010 12:44:19 MDT Print View

I don't mind working with down and I would prefer it, since it will pack down smaller. In fact, the more I think about it, I'd really like to try the thru hiker quilt. But, for someone new to MYOG I feel like the thru hiker instructions I found online weren't detailed enough (for me) on the baffle construction to figure out how to construct the quilt. It may be that once I see the materials it would make more sense. Does anyone know if their kit includes instructions or if I could find instructions on the site here or elsewhere? I'll definitely check out Tim's website.

Edited by Catalyst on 04/09/2010 12:50:05 MDT.

Nia Schmald
(nschmald) - MLife
Re: i'm interested in down on 04/09/2010 17:51:58 MDT Print View

Make Your Own Gear - Down Quilt or Sleeping Bag by Roger Caffin