So I just finished a project and I'm moving on to another. I plan to do an ultralight hike of the AT during May in the South, so it is pretty warm. Too warm I think for my Golite Ultra20 in my experiences. I just received two yards of Apex 2.5 from Thru-Hiker last week and will get some 1.1oz ripstop from BWDD and hope to make a quilt/poncho along the lines of the JRB Stealth. I have a couple of questions for this project though.
1. I've never personally worked with any insulation in my projects (still pretty new to this), so with Apex, I plan to simply have a stitch around the edge of the quilt holding the insulation in position. Would it be easier to catch the insulation in the seam between the liner and shell or to just make a big pocket and top stitch the insulation in place? Both seem to have similar performance to me, but the ease of sewing it may be different. Is there really a difference at all?
2. One part of it I am still iffy on is creating the head hole. I know some people have made something similar before on this forum. Does anyone have a suggestion of how they went about reinforcing this head hole and exactly how they closed it up at night?
3. I plan to use this as my insulating gear for my hike rather than carrying a jacket at all. From experience, does anyone know how well these quilt/ponchos do with keeping you warm when worn? Does anyone have experience with the MLD spirit 45, because that uses the same insulation as mine?
Thanks for any help. I can't wait to start on this project