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    down shifting

    I am planning to make a down filled peapod, but my concern is that the down will all shift to the bottom of the bag and leave my shoulders sides and top with no loft.

    Anyone run into something like this?
    How do you combat this issue?
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    Do you mean using vertically oriented (lengthwise) baffles or horizontal?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Redtail View Post
    Do you mean using vertically oriented (lengthwise) baffles or horizontal?

    I was thinking horizontal, but are vertical baffles better for this application?
    Sorry...I am just trying to learn what the best way to make this is so I get maximum coverage and warmth with the least amount of weight.
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    some people like side to side baffles just fine.
    JRB makes the point that if some down shifts downward to the bottom & lower sides of the underquilt, that's not a problem because that's where it's most needed anyway. i believe for the most part that's true.

    but i have herd at least a complaint or two about the down being to thin near the upper edges of the side to side baffles though.

    i'm leaning toward the end to end baffles like the speer snugfit for my underquilt.
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    I was just wondering which you meant since you mentioned a peapod type underquilt and those have end-to-end ones I think. Seemed like you were describing side-to-side ones. Good luck with the peapod.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cameronjreed View Post
    I am planning to make a down filled peapod, but my concern is that the down will all shift to the bottom of the bag and leave my shoulders sides and top with no loft.

    Anyone run into something like this?
    How do you combat this issue?
    not if you run your baffles length wise,but if you run your baffles side to side down can settle to the bottom,i witnessed this on a jrb underquilt the down settling to the bottom
    leaving nothing but empty nylon to keep your shoulders warm neo
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    If you have enough down, all you have to do is fluff it when you set it up and it'll stay up near your shoulders all night. Or you can add length-wise baffles.
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    Just a thought. Instead of one baffle per section running from one side to the other, how about multiple baffles. Each side to side baffle would be replaced with 3 or 4 smaller beffles. That way the down can only shift so far, and you can probably over stuff it more without the down collapsing on itself and counteracting the effects.

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    If you think a true quilt is sewed up in several direction's and or shapes. When my grandmother made a quilt it was not sewed staight across or down it was sewed in so many direction's that the down at that time had no where to go but stay in it's own little pocket. When they came out with quilt batting it allowed women to make long runs for side to side or from top to bottom and over time that batting would end up somewhere other than were you want it.

    If you have a chance to look at an old quilt and beleive me I have had my chance because every year in Paducah Ky they have the world quilt convention 100's of thousand little blue hair lady's and even younger lady's show up for a week long quilt show. but any how if you look at the older style quilts you will see that they have batting or down sewn in so many direction that it creates a little pocket's all over the quilt and you will never see those move.

    and if I should make one that is how I will make mine. They had to do somthing right for all those years.......

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    it can be done, and is done by some companies. its just a lot more work

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