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    DIY K-mart down UQ

    I finally finished my UQ! Actually I finished it two weeks ago but I was waiting to post until I had a chance to weigh it. I know how you HF people love your numbers .

    I ended up using a full pillow for this project. I really did not intend to... Does it have enough in it yet?... nope needs a little more here and over here.... and then it PUFFED BACK UP! The original dimensions were 42"x58"x3" baffles. The ending result is 39"x52" and an average of 2.5" of fluff. It weighs 1 lbs and 7oz or 652 grams. I got the material from DIYGear.com and the down well from K-mart. It has 1/8 in shock cord for suspension and the same for the draw cords on the ends. It attaches using two micro S-biners.

    I got a chance to try it out weekend before last and was quite pleased with the results. The temps got down to 65 and had a small shower in the early evening (right after I got every thing set up ). I did get a little cold on the top of my body, I had on t-shirt, shorts and was in a sleeping bag liner. I think with the addition of my down sleeping bag from Mountain Engineering and a thin foam sheet for under my feet (the kind they use to put around computer monitors and appliances) I will be just fine.

    I will be putting it to another test this weekend in the Ozark National Forest in the Richland Creek area.
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    Nice looking job on the UQ. With 11 baffles of downy goodness you should be good to go!

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    Looks good.

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    Good job!! Now your ready for anything.

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    Nice!! Looks great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RockIsland View Post
    I ended up using a full pillow for this project. I really did not intend to... Does it have enough in it yet?... nope needs a little more here and over here.... and then it PUFFED BACK UP!
    This is easy to do! Don't ask how much my full length weighs!

    A lot to be said for those pre-measured packets... except for the $$

    Looking good!
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    did someone ever figure out what the FP was on those down kmart pillows? i have 4 laying around the house, just waiting to be crafted into something, just wasnt sure how much i'd end up using...i'll be making a tq and uq soon!

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    Quote Originally Posted by clemsonstew View Post
    did someone ever figure out what the FP was on those down kmart pillows? i have 4 laying around the house, just waiting to be crafted into something, just wasnt sure how much i'd end up using...i'll be making a tq and uq soon!
    Good question. I Also have 4 but have not started using them yet. I reasearched everything I could find on "duck down vs. goose down" and did not come up with any conclusive reason not to use the duck.
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    Quote Originally Posted by clemsonstew View Post
    did someone ever figure out what the FP was on those down kmart pillows? i have 4 laying around the house, just waiting to be crafted into something, just wasnt sure how much i'd end up using...i'll be making a tq and uq soon!
    Same question here. Hope to be stuffing my TQ in a few days

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    Re FP.
    In a previous thread sevearl of us guessed at 550.
    Based on other Kmart UQ dimensions and using some pretty sloppy math, 550 sounds about right.

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