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    I think you would be better served getting a bag without a sewn footbox as a starter for an underquilt. These make good top quilts, but at 40 inches wide, it would be pretty narrow for an underquilt as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Danalex View Post
    I'm 6'1" and 240 ... think it's wide enough?

    I had it in the checkout and was just about to pull the trigger then had second thoughts. They still had 63 left so I've got a bit of time to make final decisions.

    I tried my JRB UQ as a top last night as it's about the same width. Coverd OK and didn't feel any cool air but the basement isn't 30 degrees.
    this looks like a pretty sweet deal, but i have the same concerns. I am 6' 230 with broad shoulders. Will this work for me?? I have 3 WM bags that I unzip and use as quilts, just do not know if 40" is going to be enough width.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kia Kaha View Post
    this looks like a pretty sweet deal, but i have the same concerns. I am 6' 230 with broad shoulders. Will this work for me?? I have 3 WM bags that I unzip and use as quilts, just do not know if 40" is going to be enough width.
    My 2 cents -

    I am 6'2'' 260.

    I was really intrigued with this thread originally.

    I have a WB Mamba TQ (long version before he started adding width as well as length to the "longs"). It is 48 inches wide. It is perfect width wise for me - anything more narrow than 48 inches would be too narrow IMHO.

    For my money, considering this thing is only 40 inches wide - I'd pass on it as either as a TQ or a UQ. All my UQs are Hammockgear - 45 inches wide and are perfect for me as well. Anything more narrow than 45 inches for a UQ would be too narrow I feel.

    YMMV.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tendertoe View Post
    My 2 cents -

    I am 6'2'' 260.

    I was really intrigued with this thread originally.

    I have a WB Mamba TQ (long version before he started adding width as well as length to the "longs"). It is 48 inches wide. It is perfect width wise for me - anything more narrow than 48 inches would be too narrow IMHO.

    For my money, considering this thing is only 40 inches wide - I'd pass on it as either as a TQ or a UQ. All my UQs are Hammockgear - 45 inches wide and are perfect for me as well. Anything more narrow than 45 inches for a UQ would be too narrow I feel.

    YMMV.
    That's what I needed to hear. I just bought a HG Incubator on here so I should be in good shape with my WM bags until I decide.

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    Well I finally did it, I've been on the road the last 4 weeks but I finally cut the back, and hemmed the sides, plus stitched the last 2 inches or so together. I will not be posting pics as I used the sewing machine for the first time (first DIY project) and I'm 110% certain that its the worst sewing job ever seen (but it works!). I used a soldering iron to cut it, worked well but I should have pinned it down / used a straight edge to keep the cut straight.
    I'm 5'10 and 150 and I'm very happy with the fit. The length is plenty, the width is fine everywhere except for the last part below the knees before it goes to the full footbox (down completely surrounds the footbox, and I'll say they pack a lot of down in there, which is nice). I wish the down went a little further around the legs when it gets below the knees before the footbox, but this is a small section. I think if I threw in some montbell UL pants or a jacket over my legs, I'd be fine, we'll see. The first trip out will be a 2 nighter' this weekend at frozen head.

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    Good morning, I'm a newcomer who's been collecting a lot of information on this site over the past month or so. I'm very grateful (& often very confused! I've heard such articulate & convincing arguments on every side of most every issue.) I'm nowhere near deciding on a hammock - I've got to do that.

    But there seems to be general agreement that this is a good deal & could be easily turned into a fine TQ. So I just ordered one with idea of modifying it as you've described & adding additional down to each channel. From what I've read working with down can be messy. So here's my question: I have a comforter I was going to canabalize (don't know the type of down but it's a nice Eddie Bauer one - bigger than I need). Well I was just washing it in the tub & thought why couldn't I fill the top bag with wet down? I've learned I have to be careful about not overfilling but thought maybe I could grab a snowball sized glob & let it dry out, weigh it & determine how many globs to add.

    I'd appreciate any thoughts you might have . Rita
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    Quote Originally Posted by rtramseyer View Post
    So here's my question: I have a comforter I was going to canabalize (don't know the type of down but it's a nice Eddie Bauer one - bigger than I need). Well I was just washing it in the tub & thought why couldn't I fill the top bag with wet down? I've learned I have to be careful about not overfilling but thought maybe I could grab a snowball sized glob & let it dry out, weigh it & determine how many globs to add.

    I'd appreciate any thoughts you might have . Rita
    I couldn't find the exact thread but the consensus seems to be that using an eductor is the easiest and least messy way to do it.
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    thanks, Aaron. Your link didn't work for me. Maybe I'm too new. I'll hunt around for that eductor thread but I swear if it involves math or calibers I'm going to go with the wet downballs. Thanks again.
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    Is 40 inches wide enough

    I'm wanting to get my first top quilt and this seems like a good deal.
    I'm 205, 38 inch waist. shirt is between large & xl. Would 40 inch's be enough coverage for me?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roger Brill View Post
    I'm wanting to get my first top quilt and this seems like a good deal.
    I'm 205, 38 inch waist. shirt is between large & xl. Would 40 inch's be enough coverage for me?
    I'm maybe 10 pounds lighter than you waist 36-38, XL shirt and all my quilts are 40 inches wide. Perfect for hammocks. (Narrow for ground sleeping).
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