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    Instructions for a down vest?

    Are there any patterns/instructions for making a down vest out there? I am in the very early stagesof planning now but would like to make this before October.
    I am going to tackle a down under quilt first, so I am trying to understand the loft vs warmth concept right now.

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    I just got done with a double layer 2.5 Climashield UQ and I just am not impressed with the heat. Maybe I could give it another go. As a layer with a thin wool shirt how low do you think yours would keep you warm to?

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    I have looked at the "kit" at www.thru-hiker.com before but I have not found an option to buy just the pattern. Also the kit is not for a baffled down vest, it seems geared more toward a climashield or similar insulation layer.

    What would be a suggestion for loft and how do you figure out how many ounces are needed for the loft?

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    Quote Originally Posted by streamline View Post
    I have looked at the "kit" at www.thru-hiker.com before but I have not found an option to buy just the pattern. Also the kit is not for a baffled down vest, it seems geared more toward a climashield or similar insulation layer.

    What would be a suggestion for loft and how do you figure out how many ounces are needed for the loft?
    Check out these two threads at BPL. They each made a down jacket instead of a vest, but it will help you determine what loft, how to determine fill amount, etc. They modified a Thru Hiker kit to go from synthetic to down.

    http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-...hread_id=43320

    http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-...hread_id=48814

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    Thank you, I will check them out.

    I am a dummy when it comes to baffling and such so any references help. I have been looking at the plethora of tutorials on down underquilts to learn the basics but I figured there are probably some tricks out there for clothing as well.

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    The Green Pepper has some great patterns. I have made a couple of Santiam insulated vests using Climashield, but the pattern could probably be modified for baffled down. I'm not sure how set you are on using down, but using 2.5 Climashield Apex and 1.1 ripstop my latest vest in medium, extra tall weighs right at 6 oz.


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