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.

Just curious.