Hey, all, I'm kinda new to the forum, and I really enjoy reading the posts. I looked through a couple pages of searches, but didn't find what I was looking for.
Has anyone ever tried to remove the down from the bottom of a sleeping bag (to make it lighter)? Would it really be significantly lighter (as in 6 or 8 oz.)?
Thanks to Tango61's response to Anna, regarding the down quilt instructions (http://www.backpacking.net/makegear.html). I started wondering if it would be easier to remove the down in a purchased bag rather than make a quilt.
In the winter, I really like having my bag's hood. However, as I understand from the article, we crush the air space beneath us, making the insulation somewhat un-insulating. Big Agnes bags, I think, already do this.
Unless the bottom of the bag has been baffled in such a way to be separate from the top of the bag, or you somehow manage to find a way to do that yourself, the top down will merely spread out and migrate to the bottom - you will be forever shaking it back into the top of the bag before use. Less trouble to buy or make a quilt, or a big agnes bag.
"In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities. In the expert's mind there are few." Shunryu Suzuki
I haven't removed the down from a bag's bottom but I did move it up on one of my bags.
I pushed all of the down on the bottom of the bag upwards and then sewed the tube shut. This resulted in a rectangle on the bottom of the bag that was about 1 foot wide and 3 feet long that had almost no down in it.
This made the bag warmer but, of course, did not save any weight.
Thanks, everybody! You know, DJ2, that sounds like a neat idea. I'm handy enough with a sewing machine to do just that. Hmmmmmm. You're right that it would reduce weight, but warmth might be nicer to have.