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Fabric recommendations for a down quilt
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Rebecca Canode
(bcanode) - F
Fabric recommendations for a down quilt on 04/02/2013 17:08:33 MDT Print View

A few years ago I made a couple of synthetic quilts for my sons. They decided to get taller and have outgrown the quilts. I would like to try to make some down quilts to replace them. The quilts will be used for family car camping, backpacking and Boy Scouts activities. I'm aiming for 25-30 degree quilts.

I'm struggling over what fabric to use. I'm leaning towards Rip Stop Nylon that is DWR and downproof, but have also looked a the thru-hiker kit with the Momentum 50. I want a fabric that will take a little abuse. My kids are pretty good at taking care of their gear, but I want something they won't be afraid to use.

Any thoughts/recommendations on fabrics?

jerry adams
(retiredjerry) - MLife

Locale: Oregon and Washington
Re: Fabric recommendations for a down quilt on 04/02/2013 18:49:57 MDT Print View

I used Nobul for a sleeping bag lining, which is similar, but it seems fairly flimsy. I have some M50 but haven't used it yet and it seems similar. I think you need to baby these lightweight fabrics.

My experience as a Boyscout is that they do not baby gear, just the opposite, but maybe your group is different.

Maybe 1.1 oz is better. Cheap stuff from

Down for Boy Scouts? Seems like they might not be careful enough to keep it from getting wet? Synthetic better?

Ryan Smith
(ViolentGreen) - F

Locale: Southeast
Re: Fabric recommendations for a down quilt on 04/02/2013 19:43:10 MDT Print View

If you are expecting them to take a little abuse, go with 1.1oz nylon. The Momentum/Nobul fabrics will last fine with care, but the word abuse does not belong in the same sentence with those fabrics. 1.1oz is pretty burly in comparison.