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Joe L
(heyyou) - MLife

Locale: Cutting brush off of the Arizona Tr
UQ as down vest substitute in camp on 10/05/2012 00:03:29 MDT Print View

Recently acquired a 40" x 52" underquilt and it fits well as a down cape, as a substitute for a down vest.

Tie all four corners together in front and do something to clip it together under your chin. At my height, the 40" in back covers from butt to over my shoulders, and my arms folded in front put them under the overhang there. The way the bunched up fabric bows out, makes a place for my elbows to be covered. Sitting down in my hammock, typical cooking position for me, there is full torso coverage. A shorter length UQ might not fit as well.

I'm wary of cooking while wearing my top quilt so this is good news for me.

The bad news is the UQ still weighs more than a vest, but dual purpose helps there.

Dale Wambaugh
(dwambaugh) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Re: UQ as down vest substitute in camp on 10/05/2012 00:41:05 MDT Print View

Why not? I assume you have seen the Jacks-r-Better quilt along that line: http://www.jacksrbetter.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/top-quilts01.jpg

As with ponchos, if you throw away the concept of fashion, it works.

Wary of cooking in the top quilt because of too much loose stuff and catching fire or ???

Joe L
(heyyou) - MLife

Locale: Cutting brush off of the Arizona Tr
answer on 11/04/2012 23:21:51 MST Print View

Yes, I do own a JRB No Sniveler. If I lean over the stove while wearing something like that, I worry about melting a hole in the fabric.