Backcountry Forum

Make Your Own Gear

Amazon.com
Backpacking Forums
BackcountryGear.com
backcountry gear

---- Our Gear Store ----
The Lightweight Gear Store
 
 WINTER CAMPING 

Shelters
Bivy Bags
Sleeping Bags
Sleeping Pads
Snow Sports
Winter Kitchen

 SNOWSPORTS 

Snowshoes
Avalanche Gear
Skins
Hats, Gloves, & Gaiters
Accessories

 ULTRA-LIGHT 

Ultralight Backpacks
Ultralight Bivy Sacks
Ultralight Shelters
Ultralight Tarps
Ultralight Tents
Ultralight Raingear
Ultralight Stoves & Cookware
Ultralight Down Sleeping Bags
Ultralight Synthetic Sleep Bags
Ultralight Apparel


the Titanium Page
WM Extremelite Sleeping Bags

 CAMPING & HIKING 

Backpacks
Tents
Sleeping Bags
Hydration
Kitchen
Accessories

 CLIMBING 

Ropes & Cordage
Protection & Hardware
Carabiners & Quickdraws
Climbing Packs & Bags
Big Wall
Rescue & Industrial

 MEN'S APPAREL 

Jackets
Shirts
Baselayer
Headwear
Gloves
Accessories

 WOMEN'S APPAREL 

Jackets
Shirts
Baselayer
Headwear
Gloves
Accessories

 FOOTWEAR 

Men's Footwear
Women's Footwear

 CLEARANCE 

Backpacks
Mens Apparel
Womens Apparel
Climbing
Footwear
Accessories

 BRANDS 

Black Diamond
Granite Gear
La Sportiva
Osprey
Smartwool

 WAYS TO SHOP 

Sale
Clearance
Top Brands
All Brands

 Backpacking Equipment 

Shelters
BackPacks
Sleeping Bags
Water Treatment
Kitchen
Hydration
Climbing


 Backcountry Gear Clearance


Stay Healthy--Eat Well

MARY JANES FARM ORGANIC MEALS

Mary Janes Farm Organic Backcountry Meals

NATURAL HIGH GOURMET MEALS

Natural High

 

Topic Options
Rate This Topic
#98936 - 06/30/08 02:57 PM foot box construction
TurkeyBacon Offline
member

Registered: 10/04/02
Posts: 524
Loc: Boston
So the down is ready, the material are bought, now for the design. The basic dimensions are going to be copied off an existing summer bag. The foot box is open for ideas.
My goals are a summer bag that can convert to a quilt. So I want a zipper but I want it to completely open up for real warm nights are lounging around the house or travel, which in my current state is what it will be used for the most.
I just sat in two sleeping bags. One the zipper ran down the side and down the bottom. No real foot box, but I realy liked the ability to completely zip it open to form a quilt. The other was a "normal" bag with a 3/4 zipper and foot box. I definately want a footbox. Much more comfortable.
My two options IMO are to make the zipper extend to the end of the side and use a drawcord. I've seen this done on this website. My other option is to make a foot box and extend the zipper though the middle of it or the bottom of it.
Any thoughts about my two options or another option?
Thanks,
scott
_________________________
I had superhuman powers, but my therapist took them away.

Top
#98937 - 06/30/08 07:04 PM Re: foot box construction [Re: TurkeyBacon]
FrolickingDino Offline
newbie

Registered: 06/30/08
Posts: 11
Loc: Southeastern USA
Have you considered using a cinch cord like the Exped Wallcreeper or the Feathered Friends Rock Wren? By using a separating zipper you can have a flat quilt, or quilt with a foot box (zipper open and separated with cinch cord forming foot box) or close both for a full sleeping bag when needed.

Top
#98938 - 07/01/08 03:18 AM Re: foot box construction [Re: FrolickingDino]
TurkeyBacon Offline
member

Registered: 10/04/02
Posts: 524
Loc: Boston
Thats what I was talking about with option one. Have you tried this? It seems that it would require the bag to be longer and I'm not sure how structured the foot box would be then. If I did this I would stick a "bag" inside the hole to give it shape.
TB
_________________________
I had superhuman powers, but my therapist took them away.

Top
#98939 - 07/01/08 05:57 AM Re: foot box construction [Re: TurkeyBacon]
FrolickingDino Offline
newbie

Registered: 06/30/08
Posts: 11
Loc: Southeastern USA
I own a down Exped Wallcreeper (caught an old model on clearance and it was nearly as cheap as making my own would have been). It works in all three configurations and also as long vest with a hood thanks to the zippered armholes. In order to use your creation as a flat quilt, you are going to have to have the full length of you body plus enough to keep your feet covered as the quilt goes over your body -- this is ample for the construction of a foot box when using this design.

Top

Shout Box

Highest Quality Lightweight Down Sleeping Bags
 
Western Mountaineering Sleeping Bags
 
Lite Gear Talk - Featured Topics
Butane Stove
by Jim M
08:05 PM
Knife, Fire Starter, Ignition Source
by Jim M
12/11/17 07:34 PM
Bivvy bag with wired peak
by Petro1234
12/10/17 01:06 PM
Backcountry Discussion - Featured Topics
Greetings - and a question
by valongi
12/11/17 11:35 AM
Just found out about UCO candles
by toddfw2003
11/30/17 08:41 AM
Hitting the eagle rock loop, Ark in 3 days
by toddfw2003
11/19/17 11:31 AM
Make Your Own Gear - Featured Topics
Plant based insulation...
by billstephenson
11/18/17 02:58 PM
lightest grommets to use
by toddfw2003
10/22/17 06:13 PM
avalibility of thin ti rod
by the-gr8t-waldo
01/26/17 04:45 PM
Featured Photos
Breakneck Ridge, New York
May 2012 Eclipse, Lassen Park
New Years Eve 2011
Trip Report with Photos
Seven Devils, Idaho
Oat Hill Mine Trail 2012
Dark Canyon - Utah
Who's Online
2 registered (), 21 Guests and 0 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Newest Members
valongi, Atkinson J, Dcarpenter, Woodland, ultralight
12469 Registered Users
Forum Links
Disclaimer
Policies
Site Links
HOME
Backpacking.net
Family Hiking
Lightweight Gear Store
Backpacking Book Store
Lightweight Zone
Hiking Essentials

Outdoor Gear Daily Deals
Outlets, Sales, Bargains

Our long-time Sponsor, BackcountryGear.com - The leading source for ultralite/lightweight outdoor gear:

Backcountry Forum
 
 

Since 1996 - the Original Backcountry Forum
Copyright © The Lightweight Backpacker & BackcountryForum.com