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Josh Newkirk
(Newkirk) - MLife

Locale: Australia
MYOG Down Vest on 05/04/2011 23:07:32 MDT Print View

Hey guys,

I have a few questions about a myog project. I am thinking about making a down vest, somewhere in warmth between the mb ul and mb alpine light. Using momentum 90 and 800 fill down.

I was wondering what other bits and pieces I will need, like what zippers people would recommend or whether the bottom or arm holes need to have elastic or anything.

Also, how much down do you guys think would be good?

Any one have or know where there are some decent ideas for such a project?


todd h
(funnymoney) - MLife

Locale: SE
Re: MYOG Down Vest on 05/05/2011 06:48:07 MDT Print View

Their is a MYOG down vest on this site from a couple yrs back.

Elastic arm holes make a world of difference in preventing warmth from escaping. A necessity, IMO.

jerry adams
(retiredjerry) - MLife

Locale: Oregon and Washington
Re: MYOG Down Vest on 05/05/2011 07:44:09 MDT Print View

I made something similar

5 ounces of 800 fill - 2.25 inch loft - might use 4 ounces next time

#5 coil zipper - but I'm thinking about #3 next time

Elastic on bottom to keep out drafts, nothing at armholes

Lane DeCost
(spamhere) - F

Locale: Everglades
Down Vest options on 05/16/2011 22:28:57 MDT Print View

I have made several down vests, modifying and improving as I went along. This latest one is from M90 and Thru-hiker down (900?). I used about 4 grams per front panel and the loft was about 1 1/2 inches at center. It was made-to-order for a friend who wanted fleece-lined (Polartec 100), zippered, handwarmer pockets.

I used 7" YKK #3 zippers. I also used a 26" YKK #5 zipper on the front. (I usually use a #3, but I'm more gentle with my gear than my friend.) His collar is lined with micro-fleece and has a velcro neck closure added. It has a 3/32 elastic drawcord at the waist and uses tiny-toggles.

There is a modest 1 or 1 1/2" drop-tail at the back. No elastic at the sleeves. If I'm worried about heat loss I throw on a wind shell.

Let me know if you have other questions.Down Vest - Hybrid

Edited by spamhere on 05/17/2011 07:25:12 MDT.