Finally got an opportunity to weigh my DIY TQ. 2lbs exactly. Not as light as some of the professional jobs out there, but I am pleased overall. Definitely lighter than my old synthetic sleeping bag.
Originally Posted by Peg-Leg
Here's the finished product from a 20* REI down bag I converted to a top quilt. I bought the bag for $75 off geartrade.com. I haven't tested it yet but hope to soon.
The bags intial weight was just over 4lbs. I cut away the hood, zipper, and draft tubbing. I sewed a rolled hem on the edges where the zipper formerly resided. I finished the new top edge with grosgrain and added a shock cord with a cordlock.
The weight now is slightly over two pounds using a floor scale to estimate. I'll have an exact weight soon.
The only drawback I can see so far is that it appears the bag's original botton side had less loft than the top side. I tried to remedy this somewhat by adding down from the parts I cut away. I now have down all over my garage floor. That stuff is tough to handle.
Can't wait to try this new piece of DIY gear.
If God had meant for us to sleep on the ground,
He wouldn't have created trees....
“Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in where nature may heal and cheer and give strength to the body and soul.” - John Muir