Also, if you are willing to sew or have someone who will sew for you, look at making your own quilt from thru-hiker.com. My quilt is 60 inches around at the shoulder, the same size as typical sleeping bags except that I don't have the wasted underside. The quilt wraps nicely around me and I have used it to just below 10 degrees F. It weighs 32 oz exactly and cost me about $175 in parts and some interesting time with my wife and some down-chasing cats (who had to be vacuumed later <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" />)

Indeed, in fact I traded lots of email with SWS and bearpaw about his quilt, as I still look at it enviously. However, Bearpaw has the advantage on me of being recently married, whereas after 20 years when I invade my wife's sewing area I receive a healthy dose of the evil eye and a great deal of skepticism. With two cats and a wife who eyes all my outdoor sewing projects with the look of someone who is going to have to rescue the incompetent from a bad situation (because it's frequently true <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" /> ) I ended up bailing and dropping the cash on the bag instead. Lord knows I'm only today doing a small tent modification project, and I had to soften her up with tickets to Elton John last night - I don't even wanna think of the trouble I'd get in for a basement and cats covered in down <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/wink.gif" alt="" />
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