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    CLOSED: 650 White Goose Down : Group buy?

    I'll be ordering some 650 White Goose Down on Monday (12Jan10).
    If anybody's interested, drop me a note. I plan on buying 2 pounds.

    I originally mentioned this in another thread, but the "group buys" area is probably the appropriate forum.

    My price per ounce comes to 3.18 (50.88 per pound after shipping to me) --
    I'll call it $3.20 per ounce, PLUS shipping to your location.
    All those extra 2-cents might get me a replacement filter for the shop-vac.

    This is pure down. not a down/feather mix.

    If lots of people are interested, the price will only get lower. Lower is better!

    If Monday is too quick, I can put off ordering for a few more days, just let me know.

    Thanks much!
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    Last edited by Tedinski; 01-08-2010 at 16:58. Reason: formatting

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    I'm a down snob, so I'll stick with Ed's stuff.
    But, I'm sure folks will want to know your source for the down. Good luck with the group buy!
    Trust nobody!

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    I don't blame you one bit -- when it comes to ultralight, 800+ is certainly more compressible. If I could afford it, I'd be going for it too. Plus, this is my first project, so keeping costs down (on everything!) is important.

    I plan on making a quilt with this down. It's aprox 20% more weight for the same "fill", but at this price I can afford to make one.

    Down for my topquilt, and insultex for the UQ/Pad.

    I was thinking of a vest & hat, too. Those types of items don't need to be quite so "compressible" for hiking purposes, cuz you wear 'em!
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    P.S. Did I break some sort of etiquette rule here by posting a group buy, even though I'm new? I certainly didn't mean to... I just thought some folks might be interested. I must admit to being a bit mystified by the lack of interest.
    Last edited by Tedinski; 01-08-2010 at 20:24. Reason: To add more stuff after my "---Edit---" line.

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    I think it would be excellent for warm weather quilts on a budget.

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    I've kinda given up on having good cold weather gear this year -- just not in the budget!

    I'm thinking a 1-inch thick quilt might be about right, and I could use it 3 seasons (just kick a leg out in the summertime!) Perhaps an inch and a half might be smarter -- haven't decided yet.

    It'll probably end up being the same weight as a "good" down quilt (one that's good for truly cold weather), but that still means it'll be light enough to pack & carry for 3 seasons.

    I guess I'll find out! that's what first projects are all about.

    I've also promised the GF that she'll get a down quilt/comforter for around the house. Next I need to find some of that Wally-World 1.1oz ripstop nylon people have mentioned! I kinda like the quilt MacEntyre posted pictures of -- bright red on one side, w/ camouflage on the other. stealthy, but flip for safety.

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    that's super for starter projects. i have a 0 deg. marmot bag that is 650 fill and i was toasty at 18 deg. on the ground last winter. so instead of a 16 oz. quilt yours is 19. so what. i'd put a little extra fill in and deal with a tiny bit of weight for warmth.

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    How thick is your bag, ref103? That's exactly what I've been trying to decide lately -- the thickness I should go with.

    Does it compress down small?? That's been my one concern with making a "winter" quilt with 650. I was worried I'd end up with a bulky mess.

    The one for the GF can be plenty bulky -- it'll never leave the house!

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    well mine is probably 3-4 inches thick. from what i've been seeing some of the better top quilt makers here use is 12-16 oz. of 800 fill down. so if you use 18 or 19 oz. i would say you would be good to at least 32 deg. that does depend if your using baffles or a sewn through. some of these guys here could probably tell you to the exact digits what temps you should expect with x amount of 650 fill in a baffled or sewn through quilt.

    cmon guys help a brotha out

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    mine weighs about 3 lbs which is heavy compared to what these guys use but it's a full bag with a hood and draft tube. i'm a midget so i bought a non-girly looking women's bag to save a little weight. yours i would guess would weigh around 2 lbs if it had around 19 oz of fill and was only a top quilt.

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    The one you have is 650, though?
    How small does it "smash down" to?

    I've read some of the threads that talk about how much "thickness" to use for different temperatures, but I assume these numbers are for 800+ fill down. I don't know that 650 down has the same insulating value. ??

    My current thought is to use baffles. I've done a fair bit of sewing, but this is my first quilt/lightweight project. I doubt I'll have trouble with quilting a rectangular quilt.
    That's also one of the reasons I grabbed some Insultex from MacEntyre for an UQ... I won't have to worry about weird shapes AND baffles AND 3-D design.

    Thanks for the input, ref103!
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    P.S. Ref103-- we've gotta do a hang out in OhioPyle sometime! Bike Campers Unite!
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