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    I have no idea af the weight difference between velcro and a zipper, but I suspect it's not very much.

    Looking at the construction, I guess you could remove the zipper, but I wouldn't. I have used it as a quilt in my home made zhammock. it works just fine with the zipper in place.

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    if your going to use it as a lightweight quilt, you don't need velcro. just sew a new hem as far inside the zipper as you want, cut away the zipper & excess edge, fold the newly cut edge & sew to finish the new cut.
    then make the foot box by sewing across the bottom & up about 15" or so.
    that`s how i made quilts out of a couple bags. works great.
    and it will reduce weight & bulk.
    don`t leave the CREATOR out of the creation!

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    Quote Originally Posted by hammock engineer View Post
    How much does it weigh?
    Not much. If I had to guess I would say in between 14-18 oz. It's pretty light but doesn't compress much. It has built in compression straps. I just roll it up strap it closed, put it in a garbage bag, and strap it to the outside of my pack.

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    Originally Posted by hammock engineer
    How much does it weigh?
    I have one of this type too. I picked it up a Walmart for $10, but have not used it on the trail or in my hammock at all yet. It weighs 37.8 oz on my cheesy digital scale. It is a nice summer bag for car camping, but is quite large to put in a pack.

    My kingdom for my butt in the woods

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    Quote Originally Posted by teblum View Post
    I have no idea af the weight difference between velcro and a zipper, but I suspect it's not very much.

    Looking at the construction, I guess you could remove the zipper, but I wouldn't. I have used it as a quilt in my home made zhammock. it works just fine with the zipper in place.

    Tom
    Quote Originally Posted by slowhike View Post
    if your going to use it as a lightweight quilt, you don't need velcro. just sew a new hem as far inside the zipper as you want, cut away the zipper & excess edge, fold the newly cut edge & sew to finish the new cut.
    then make the foot box by sewing across the bottom & up about 15" or so.
    that`s how i made quilts out of a couple bags. works great.
    and it will reduce weight & bulk.
    Thanks. Now that I think about it sewing in the foot box would be the easiest way. I was thinking about removing the zipper mainly because I was cutting off one of the sides anyways.

    I think I am finally going to listen to neo and order a SG product for my hammock setup.
    Is that too much to ask? Girls with frikkin' lasers on their heads?
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    Quote Originally Posted by teblum View Post
    There's always the sportsman's guide ultralightweight bag, rectangular or mummy. Packs to the size of two grapefruit. Weighs 21 oz.
    http://www.sportsmansguide.com/cb/cb.asp?a=129749

    $20 when on sale . $25 regular price.

    Works for me .
    Tom
    Well I pulled the trigger on this bag. $33 shipped is a pretty good deal if it works out. It has a rating of 50 degrees. I am going to modify it a little and see what happens. I'll post pics when I am done. Thanks everyone for the suggestions.
    Is that too much to ask? Girls with frikkin' lasers on their heads?
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    I received the bag in the mail today. It weighs 28 oz without the sack for the rectanglar bag. I am going to trim 10 inches off the sides and taper the foot end into a foot box and see where I get. I can see myself trimming until I get to a weight that I like.
    Is that too much to ask? Girls with frikkin' lasers on their heads?
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    As a bench mark. it's been running 55 to 60 degrees at night here in central Florida.

    I've been sleeping comfortably with just a poncho liner for a blanket. I sleep with a sweat suit and socks. No hat at these temps. The Guide Gear Ultralight is much warmer than the poncho liner

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    i bought a 50 degree speer liteloft peapod for 70.00 neo

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    Quote Originally Posted by headchange4u View Post
    You can pick up a fleece sleeping bag for about $10. They do fine for me in most summer conditions, probably down to 50 degrees, maybe lower if you are a warm sleeper. I bought my fleece bag at Big Lots and it has gotten plenty of use..
    i like biglots you never know what your gonna find neo

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