I had posted this over on the Gear forum but I think it might get more traction here.
Recap: I'm starting to lighten my packing load and have a question about sleeping bags vs. quilts. I understand (after reading Ray Jardine's book) the virtues of the quit but I'm confused on why one can't simply take a sleeping bag and convert it into a quit? For instance, my current 3-season bag is a Coleman Exponent Klickitat 20 degree bag. It weighs in at 2 lbs. 11 oz., has kept me warm way past freezing and only cost me about $80.00. So, here's my question: If I wanted to lighten this bag further and create a quasi-quilt (or Frankenstein bag) from it, would it be possible to do something like 1) remove the zipper and draft tube and sew side closed, 2) remove the stuffing on the bottom of the bag, which gets flattened when sleeping on anyhow, but leaving the soft bag-material to sleep on, and 3) after removing the bottom stuffing, provide a "slot" to slide in a sleeping pad? You'd basically be removing a fair percentage of the stuffing, saving weight, but still maintaining many of the bag's virtues. Has anyone done this (or is three something indicative to quilts that I'm missing?)? Thanks!