Monday, March 15, 2010

Building a sleeping bag: Step 1...

Today I received a shipment of material from Quest Outfitters, basically a few yards of nylon and some shock cord. I've also sent away for some Climashield XP from Thru-Hiker, but it has yet to arrive.

A note on these retailers: Quest Outfitters is ridiculously fast with their orders. I ordered the stuff early Friday morning and received it today (monday). Quest is my place for all the generic fabrics (1.1 oz nylon) and all the little accessories (primalocks, etc.), and I really like that they reduce my total charge depending on how much my order actually costs to ship. Thru-Hiker tends to be more niche, and has a lot of high-quality fabrics and insulations. Unfortunately, their prices can be higher for things like accessories, and their shipping seems way overpriced -- but I have heard great things about their product quality.

Anyways, I will be sewing my own ultralight sleeping bag, and hopefully doing some small other projects with the material scraps. I will do my best to keep this site updated with my progress, and in the end I will supply step-by-step instructions on how to make your own ultralight sleeping bag.

Step 1: Buy material.

-3 yards Climashield XP 5.0 oz (or 3 yards of any insulation. More on why I chose XP later)
-3 yards Climashield XP 2.4 oz (as the second layer, for a warmer sleeping bag)
-7 yards Uncoated 1.1 oz Ripstop Nylon (or Momentum 0.9 oz Ultralite ripstop)
-3 yards 1/8" Shock cord
-1 primalock toggle

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