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    Why is my sleeping bag so heavy? Can I turn it into a quilt?

    I have a TNF Chrysalis rated to ~15*F, and it weighs 44 oz. What makes it so heavy? The zipper and maybe the heavy lining along it to prevent snags probably contribute, but what else is there that isn't on a quilt? perhaps heavier materials? Is it worth my time to mess with this bag to make it lighter?

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    Lol, I have a synthetic bag which weighs in at, wait for it, 85oz. Yep, that's a full 5lb 5oz! I am trying to save for a TQ, because that would be my best upgrade by far. I stand to save 4lb in one go!

    I think my bag is rated to about 20F, but it was stored in the compression sack for a few years, so it's probably only good to the low 30s at best now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hilo4321 View Post
    I have a TNF Chrysalis rated to ~15*F, and it weighs 44 oz. What makes it so heavy? The zipper and maybe the heavy lining along it to prevent snags probably contribute, but what else is there that isn't on a quilt? perhaps heavier materials? Is it worth my time to mess with this bag to make it lighter?
    that about sums it up. a lot more material, heavier material, more downfill to equal the same temp ranges - (660fill vs. 850 or 900fill), zippers, hoods, etc.

    i bet if you really stripped it down you'd cut some weight... but similar rated quilts available weigh about the same as the amount of down in the chrysalis alone.

    if it has a zipper in the footbox.. you might try it out as a pod to multiplex it and save weight from using a UQ & TQ
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    Yeah... the thing is I already have a really heavy kelty 0*F bag that is a semi-rectangular that I rigged up as a pod. This TNF one is not a full zip, so it won't really work for it anyway.

    I figured as much, though. Thanks for the reply.

    That said though, I really like the bag for the use I've got out of it. I still wish I had known about quilts before I bought it though... haha.

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