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    North Face Dolomite as entry level quilt?

    I've been thinking about moving towards a quilt for sleeping in my hammock, but am a bit turned off by the high prices...

    I came across this bag yesterday, which seems like it might be a good way to get my feet wet in the top-quilt game, and wondered if any of you had heard anything about it, or had actual experience with the bag...

    North Face Dolomite

    Pros
    It's made by North Face, weighs 3 lbs and 10 oz, is good down to 20F, and can be had for $80 shipped

    Cons
    It's probably bulky, may be bigger than I need, won't have a footbox...

    I'd love to hear your thoughts on my idea, even if they point out that I'm dumb...

    Jamie
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    It's still a sleeping bag and not a TQ, so it will be much wider (and hence heavier) than you need. Can you DIY? Just cut off a foot or so from each side b/c you'll want to remove the zippers anyway, then sew in a footbox. You can probably get it to ~2.5 lbs that way.
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    for foot box, just leave the zip partially up...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Just Jeff View Post
    It's still a sleeping bag and not a TQ, so it will be much wider (and hence heavier) than you need. Can you DIY? Just cut off a foot or so from each side b/c you'll want to remove the zippers anyway, then sew in a footbox. You can probably get it to ~2.5 lbs that way.
    That sounds like a cool plan/project, and should save some serious weight from the base-weight of the bag...

    Thanks!

    Jamie

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    id do some more shopping.. do you really need a 20 deg bag? could you go say 30-35 deg bag .. and add a liner later if needed? if you are tring to save some cash .ive been really impressed with the kelty cosmic 35..its lighter by a pound at least. and cost around 60 shipped

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonesy View Post
    id do some more shopping.. do you really need a 20 deg bag? could you go say 30-35 deg bag .. and add a liner later if needed? if you are tring to save some cash .ive been really impressed with the kelty cosmic 35..its lighter by a pound at least. and cost around 60 shipped
    Thanks for the thought, but yeah, I need a 20F bag...I was camping last weekend, and stretched my mss green bag's ability to the breaking point on nights that were 22, 29, and 20 degrees...

    Jamie

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    The Dolomite is a solid synthetic bag for the money. I have used it several times down to near freezing, and was impressed. I was even comfortable without a pad (but with expedition wt. thermals). Not a bad option if I second guess dragging the quilts out in wet weather.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NFA View Post

    Pros
    It's made by North Face, weighs 3 lbs and 10 oz




    Jamie
    Those are cons in my book. TNF has not been a quality gear maker for many years, has awful customer service and does not stand behind their warranties... and 3.10 lbs. is WAYYYYYY heavy to me.

    BF

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