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Old 04-22-2012, 03:21 PM
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I have an inexpensive down sleeping bag for spring and fall use. The rating is 40 degrees which is somewhat optimistic.

It seems to me that I could make a few small cuts in the shell and insert some down in select areas and boost the rating down to where it should be. I was even thinking I could use a down pillow for the source of filler.

Does this seem reasonable and has anyone done it?

Glenn
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Old 04-23-2012, 11:56 AM
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I have an inexpensive down sleeping bag for spring and fall use. The rating is 40 degrees which is somewhat optimistic.

It seems to me that I could make a few small cuts in the shell and insert some down in select areas and boost the rating down to where it should be. I was even thinking I could use a down pillow for the source of filler.

Does this seem reasonable and has anyone done it?

Glenn

i think it could be done, easily.

i'd prefer to cut the fill-holes in the liner so as to not compromise the shell's integrity.

filling it will be a righteous pain in the rear tho. sgt rock had some fun descriptors on his techniques to fill a bag, which could prolly be adapted easily.
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Old 05-06-2012, 07:09 PM
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YEah, you could sure enough do it. If you could open it near a seam on a side it might be easier to sew it back shut. Do the down transfer in a room with NO DRAFT.You are still going to get some floating duff around. Use a shop vac and make a sleeve of fine netting material that will fit inside the shop vac hose and fit over the end of the shop vac hose where you can duct tape it to hold it in place. Open a small hole in the down pillow and insert the shop vac into the opening. Turn it on and suck the down into the little fine net sleeve. Turn the vac off and reconnect the hose to the outlet side of the air. Insert the hose tightly into the opening in the sleeping bag and turn on the vac which should blow the down (and maybe the tube) into the bag. Carefully remove the fine mesh bag from inside of the sleeping bag (aren't you glad you duct taped it to the outside of the hose earlier?) and stuff it back into the end of the hose and repeat as necessary. I would sew up each sleeping bag baffle after I filled it to keep a bunch of down from escaping.
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Old 05-07-2012, 09:41 AM
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Thanks for the suggestions. This sounds like a reasonable approach. As soon as I get a donor pillow I am going to give it a shot.

Thanks,
Glenn
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