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    Affordable down substitute

    Even though it's no longer Christmas, I'm doing the awesome thing and trying to hook my cousin up with a simple kit...he goes camping with me mostly.

    If I get one of the pre-made UQ shells that are now (awesomely) available, is there a down substitute that's reasonably priced and at least marginally thermally comparable to down that I could use in the baffles?
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    Its been a few months but several of us found $10 K Mart pillows with 16oz duck down. No feathers, i'm guessing 550FP. I found mine in the clearance section, not the linen section.

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    Not sure about a substitute, but I got my down from a store called Essex. I'm not sure if they are a national chain or not. I got about 20 oz of 700 fp down For $25

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    Rather than go that route have you priced polyester filled quits? I have not lately but I think they run lower in cost than down.

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    Loose primaloft is cheap $35 for 5# and I would say it's about 450-500 fill power
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    walmart has poly fill, by the bag for cheap, say where are these premade shells?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gresh View Post
    Even though it's no longer Christmas, I'm doing the awesome thing and trying to hook my cousin up with a simple kit...he goes camping with me mostly.

    If I get one of the pre-made UQ shells that are now (awesomely) available, is there a down substitute that's reasonably priced and at least marginally thermally comparable to down that I could use in the baffles?
    Hey Gresh! I have tried the synthetic materials (poly fills) and they do work - the only problem is that when you put enough in the baffles, the quilt becomes very unfoldable and will not squash down at all.

    I've been using Cannon duck down pillows from KMart - Like $18 for a king size, over 40oz- as a cheap alternative for several people. Takes more down per baffle (it's like 550 down), but works very well and squashes down to basketball size with a full size shell. Gotta pick out some feathers, but cheap is cheap.

    Quote Originally Posted by ahhhgladius View Post
    walmart has poly fill, by the bag for cheap, say where are these premade shells?
    Hi ahhhgladius! I make them. See my signature for my site.
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    its not an alternitive but I have found some 800fp goose down jackets at my local goodwill store for $1 each .. its worth a shot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lost_Biker View Post
    Hi ahhhgladius! I make them. See my signature for my site.
    i saw them. nice stuff and great price. i got a custom 58x78 DIY uq from a friend for my two person hammock. me and the lady love it. 850fp.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr.Tattoo View Post
    its not an alternitive but I have found some 800fp goose down jackets at my local goodwill store for $1 each .. its worth a shot.
    I check Goodwill (and several other local thrift stores) for downy goodness about once a week. Now that Christmas is past, there should be an influx of new stuff that people have replaced.
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