Modifying BPL ul 180 quilt
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Gary Daugherty
(Doc) - M
Modifying BPL ul 180 quilt on 02/18/2013 18:07:54 MST Print View

Looking for some feedback on modifications I plan on making to a BPL ul 180 long quilt. As I no longer use the quilt I am contemplating turning it into an overquilt for the down bags and quilts that I own. As my primary hiking area is the Canadian Rockies (late spring through fall) this will likely be a piece of gear that gets limited use.

I dont know how much room I will have to play with in the footbox area after I open it up. My initial thoughts are to open the seams in the foot box area all the way to the bottom making it more or less a flat quilt that covers my down bags as conditions dictate.

Assuming there is enough fabric and insulation , does it make any sense to have a small foot box to slide over the end of my down bags? At first glance I am inclined to believe this is not a viable option as it may compress the down insulation below.

Thoughts or suggestions?

Tanner M
(Tan68)
notes on 04/16/2013 04:29:14 MDT Print View

I think some sort of foot box on your over quilt will help it stay in place.

It wouldn't need to be insulated, I guess. Insulated or not, something to form a pocket to slip over the foot of your down quilt would be useful. It could be either a foot box or just a strip of material several inches wide. The strip would form a sleeve for the down quilt to slide into.

If there is not enough material, maybe a strap or something. The strap could either run from one side of the over quilt to the other with the down quilt slid in or the strap could connect the overquilt to a sleeping pad. The overquilt would be held in place relative to the pad and the down quilt slipped in.

I think working out some way to keep the overquilt in place would be worthwhile.

I think I would make an uninsulated box, if I had the material. I might make it 12" deep and see how that works. It wouldn't have to be tight or 'form fitting'. Even a little loose, it would hold the overquilt in place. (if the feet are cold, I might insulate the bottom/foot-bottom of the overquilt box, but I don't think I would worry with insulating the ground-bottom side of the footbox...)

It might also be a good idea to think of a way to keep the top part of the overquilt from sliding off. Some sort of strap or something for that could be added later, though, if it is needed. Maybe the old quilt already has a strap.

Edited by Tan68 on 04/16/2013 04:34:29 MDT.