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Looking into the existence of a backpacking down blanket. Not a quilt, as I want to use it for two people in the summer. The foot box isn't needed.
My lady likes to use our sleeping bags like a traditional blanket any time the temps are above 40, mid as well find something that is built for that.
Anyone know of anything like that?
Perhaps even a good down rectangle bag?
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PostIcon Posted on: Dec. 05 2012, 1:49 pm Skip to the previous post in this topic. Skip to the next post in this topic. Ignore posts   QUOTE

I use my down quilts without the foot box most times and I have a huge one that works for two just fine.
The Mt Rogers quilt:

   Length: 85 inches
   Width: 61 inches
   Loft: 2.5 inches
   Packs Into: 8 inches diameter by 9 inches tall
   Weight: 30 ounces
   25-30 degrees

Need one warmer?
The Katahdin:

 
   Length: 85 inches
   Width: 61 inches
   Loft: 3.5 inches
   Packs Into: 8 inches diameter by 11 inches tall
   Weight: 36 ounces
   10-15 degrees

They will also do a 900 fill instead of 800 and overfill.


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Pretty nice setup.
Looks a bit warm for my purposes. I usually stick with a 40 degree bag, unless it's really bad out. I guess I"m w a warm sleeper.
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25-30 is too warm?
Damn, I haven't seen lows above 40 since Baja.


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Enlightened Equipment will make their quilts custom for a small upcharge.
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Enlightened Equipment will make their quilts custom for a small upcharge.

Most places will.


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Enlightened Equipment will make their quilts custom for a small upcharge.

Most places will.

Good to know.
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too low for my purposes. I have a low temp bag that I'm pretty happy with. With it hits 30 and below I always prefer a mummy bag.
The blanket idea is more for warmer weather.
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Check out westen Mountaineering...they sell a nice looking down blanket...different sizes..

http://www.westernmountaineering.com/index.c....mforter


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Now that's what I'm talking about. That's some sweet stuff there.
A little pricey, but seems like very high quality gear.
I'm going to check that out.
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Not sure if this would work, but Amazon sells a Thermarest 40 degree 650 fill down blanket for 229 for the large size.  The large is 80in by 58in and weighs 2.5 lbs .    It might not be wide enough for two people though, unless you cuddle real close.  

 Anyways, here it is if you want to take a look:
http://www.amazon.com/Therm--....blanket


 Another idea, if you want to save a lot of money and you have or can get access to a sewing machine is to buy some cheap nylon fabric say 64 or so inches wide and 2 yards of it, then buy a couple or so yards of either the newer Primaloft or Climashield continuous filament insulation.   The 5 oz per yard stuff should be more than enough for what you're looking for.  

 Anyways, with this stuff, it's really easy to make a quilt even if you have very limited sewing skills.  You basically just have to sew the outside perimeter.  

  It will be pretty light weight depending on what kind of enclosing fabric you use, but it won't compress down as well as Down insulation and won't last as long.   The upside is that it's better and more forgiving with moisture, humidity, etc.
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Actually, much better than the ThermaRest is this Marmot bag at Sierra Trading post.  It's 169 for a 600 down fill, 40 degree, 2 lb 3oz large bag that should be large enough to double as a blanket for two.  Girth at shoulder area is 64in.  

 If you are signed up for their emails, they regularly give out 25%, 30% and/or free shipping over a hundred dollars coupons.  Sometimes their coupons don't apply to all products though, but it will show you automatically if it applies or not.

 This bag has really good reviews at STP:  

http://www.sierratradingpost.com/marmot-....mily=01
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