Originally Posted by funbun
I'm planning my 2007 DIY Hammock, lol. I'm thinking about quilts now. Are baffles needed in a down quilt? What's the advantage/disadvantage or having or not having baffles?
At the point where the two covers are sewn together, in theory, you'll have zero insulation. In practice, this depends on the loft of your quilt and how much you overstuff it.
Sewn through quilts also tend to be lighter than their baffled counterparts. No baffle material, thread to sew it in and typically less insulation.
Bottom line: If you're going much below 45 degrees you'll want baffles in your quilt. Above that, you can save some ounces.