ok... i finally got the 1st prototype of my version of wearable quilt made.
it`s not much different than some of the others out there (maybe ugly-er), except for the collars.
i really like the way the collars work. they are insulated & they have a channel sewn into the outer part of the shell that accomodates a small elastic draw cord.
because the draw cord is elastic & on the outside of the insulation, it gently snugs the puffy collar around your neck with out feeling constricted.
same with the arm collars.
you have the choice of leaving them hanging loose, or closing them to retain heat. it`s a really effective method of restricting the exchange of your body heat with the cold air out side.
a couple things i know i will do different on the next one...
1) use a draw string to close the bottom of the bag
2) use a zipper (full length) on the front instead of Velcro. it`s really comical to watch me try to put it on & get the Velcro lined-up & closed.
i really need someone to help me get it on
also i`ve learned a thing or two about the width needed. that`s part of the problem w/ getting it closed.
i had to add on a strip on one side to make it wider, but it`s still not as wide as it should be.
before i give you the weights remember that this is a first try w/ lots of goofs & changes that can be made to improve the neatness & weight.
i used synthetic insulation... two or three kinds, piecing it together.
i`ll probably use down on the next one.
it weighs 3lbs. it`s the quilt i used recently in the back yard at 14°f.
i believe the next one will be warmer & weigh less. plus, it will be more practical as a wearable quilt.
pictures in the "homemade gear" gallery. http://www.hammockforums.net/gallery...5/PC090125.JPG