DIY Camping Quilt

DIY: Costco down throw turned into a top quilt for camping also some reasons for switching from a sleeping bag to a quilt!

I have started to plan out a few camping trips and decided to go through my gear to make sure what I had and what I would need for the upcoming season. I am revamping my sleep system, going from car camping with an air mattress and a rectangular sleeping bag to lighter weight option of a sleeping pad, quilt and if car camping a cot. I am in great need of a new sleeping bag and I have tossed around the idea of going with a quilt instead of a bag for multiple reasons I will list down below. While researching I came across a craze among the backpacking forums and a few tutorials on how to make my own summer quilt out of a down throw blanket and for a fraction of the cost. I’m adventurous, why not give it a try. If it doesn’t work I will just have a couple new throws for around the house!
So I ordered the Double Black Diamond Packable down throw from Costco.com. It comes as a set of 2 for $39.99. I happened to get it at a time of a manufacturing sale of $10 off so my total after tax and shipping was $41.34. Quite the deal in my opinion! They are also available on amazon but at the cost of $36.41 to $44.99 depending on color and its only for 1 throw not 2.
Heres what Costco’s site says about the product’s details:
The rugged Double Black Diamond™ packable down throw is extremely light and portable. Less than 500 grams and packs tightly into its own drawstring stuff sack.
The fine denier polyester/nylon fabric shell is tightly woven over 400 threads per inch, and is filled with high loft 700 fill power.
Each throw has more than 168 quilted 5” square boxes to keep the down from shifting and provide even warmth.
Perfect for sporting events, travel, camping, and hiking. Toss one in your car, and another in your bag.

Features:
700 fill power
Duck down
Large clusters for high loft
Light weight
Polyester/nylon shell
5” quilted box stitch – reduces down shifting
Self-piping on edges
FreshLOFT®  process ensures the down is clean of dust, dirt and allergens
Comes with toggled drawstring stuff sack
Care Instructions: Machine wash (gentle cycle; see care instructions); May be dry cleaned
Dimensions: 60” x 70” (152 cm x 177 cm)
Made in China

Reasons I wanted to switch to a quilt over another sleeping bag are as follows:
1. I always feel a little claustrophobic in sleeping bags. The way they restrict your movement really bothers me. If I were to get a new bag I would go with either a Nemo spoon shaped bag or a Sierra Design backcountry bed sleeping bag. They seem to give more freedom and comfort while sleeping especially while side sleeping but aren’t really the lightest options.
2. I move around a lot when I sleep, I am a side and stomach sleeper and it is super easy to adjust sleeping positions while using a quilt. You don’t get all tangled up, twisting your bag around with you as you thrash around trying to get comfortable again.
3. Temperature regulation. I’m usually either too hot or too cold so I want to be able to stick my leg out, uncover my arms, or just toss the quilt off in a split second only to grab it to warm back up the next second.
4. Maybe most importantly, Quilts weigh less! There is less material and also NO zippers!
Quilts differ from mummy bags in that they typically do not entirely surround your body, but instead can be tucked under your body, leaving your torso in direct contact with your sleeping pad which will provide the insulation for your back. The argument for doing this is simple, in a down mummy bag, the compressed feathers under your body offer little or no insulation anyway, so why not eliminate it altogether thus saving weight! As for the hood, do you really need a hood in summer? And if you do, couldn’t you just wear a hat? In the event of colder temperatures, a pull-on, down hood or hood of your jacket offers the same insulating effect as a mummy hood, and doubles as camp wear should you need it. Eliminating the hood also shaves off a little weight and with all this material that’s suddenly not there anymore you can compress them down even smaller and save a ton of space in your pack.
5. I might try out a hammock sleep system it’s widely known that sleeping bags and hammocks together tend to be a struggle most of the time. Yes it can be done but, if there is an option that is less of a hassle and will keep me just as warm seems like a win win. I love that I can use a quilt both on the ground and in a hammock, the versatility is amazing!
6. Lastly, quilts are becoming more and more popular and I wanted to try one out for myself. Some manufactures already have some great quilts out there and some companies have plans in the works to start producing them.

Here is the plan to sew a footbox into the Costco down throw:
Turn the throw so it is “inside out,” fold the sides in to the middle and pin and sew together, now flatten back out like just had it to pin the middle and pin and sew across the bottom seam. When you sew up the middle seam try to go up far enough so it is closed to about your knee level. I am short so mine is about 20″ so 20″-25″ will be good for me. The baffles are 5″x5″ so count up 4 to 5 baffles. Here is a great YouTube video of someone doing exactly what I am trying to achieve he just pinned the bottom first. Also in this other video shows someone sewing it a little differently and also states that due to the loft of the baffles which are approximately 3/4″ it should be about a 50° down quilt. I intend to make and carry 2 of these in case of colder weather I also will be pairing it with my TNH self inflating sleeping pad which had an r-value of 4. I have seen a few other reviews of people claiming to use these down to 30° and even one person below that. We will have to just test and see for our self!

Now that it is all sewn together I’m going to test it out and I will post an update on what I think, how it works, and any improvements or changes I would suggest.
Thank you for checking out my DIY down summer camping quilt! Check back for more reviews of camping and archery gear also please look around my site for other reviews such as the TNH self inflating sleeping pad that I hope will pair well with my new quilt and also my review on the Moon Lence portable camping chair. Coming soon (I am just awaiting their arrivals) will be my initial impressions of the Coleman Trailhead II cot and the Dimples Excel Sleeping Bag Liner! Have a great day everyone!

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TNH self inflating sleeping pad! 

I bought the TNH self inflating sleeping pad a couple days ago off Amazon for $46.75 and just received it in the mail. I was excited to open it up and check it out! It was nicely folded once length wise then rolled from bottom to top. Wrapped around it is a velcro strap and then placed neatly in the included stuff sack. Also included was a patch for repair. I have arthritis in my back and hips so comfort is very important to me when it comes to gear. Instantly it felt like a solid product. It is made of a thick material (75D polyester outer shell) which feels very rugged. It took only a couple minutes for it to reach its fully self inflated level. I wanted it a bit more firm so I used about 5 breaths to fill it up. When kneeling on it you can feel the ground as expected, but once your weight is distributed evenly I could not feel the ground at all! This is especially nice because the pad is only 1.5″ thick which worried me at first but now I don’t mind it at all. I can say I am a side sleeper and with the extra breaths puffed into the pad I don’t feel my hips or shoulders hitting the ground.  The small thickness also helps to keep it packed smaller. It packs up to approximately 7″x10″ and when rolled out and inflated it is about 21″ at its widest shoulder area narrowing down to 15.5″ at the bottom and is about 72″ long. My first impressions of this pad is its very nice and would buy this again. I have only laid on it for a couple hours on a hardwood floor but I will be testing it out properly in about a month while camping. TNH Outdoors site states this pad has an r-value of 4 which is very good for such a slim pad. If you are looking for a pad that packs small, has a good r-value,  is rugged enough to take a beating, and is very comfortable then you have found your pad! I will post an update once I have tested it out more and include any changes or findings I come across. Thank you for reading my initial review of the TNH self inflating sleeping pad. Keep checking back for more reviews of more camping and archery gear. Soon to come will be my review of the Coleman Trailhead II Cot.

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PSE Razorback Takedown Recurve Bow 30#

Review of PSE Razorback Takedown Recurve Bow.

PSE Razorback Takedown Recurve Bow 30#

Today I would like to do a quick review of the PSE Razorback Takedown Recurve Bow. I have been shooting this bow for about a month now and really like it. This bow costs around $100 on Amazon. Note: I am not being paid to review this and am not an amazon affiliate I just shop there for just about everything! Read on for my First Impressions, Specifications, My review, and Assembly of Limbs and How to String with a Stringing tool. Hope this review helps you in your decision in finding the right bow for you! You can also find me on facebook https://www.facebook.com/ScooberReviews/ and twitter https://twitter.com/ScooberReviews !

First Impressions:

Really light weight, weighing in at only 2.2 lbs!

Quiet while shooting!

Feels like a very sturdy quality bow!

A bargain for the price tag of around $100 on Amazon

Would recommend and would buy again!

 

Specifications:

62” AMO length

Suggested Brace Height: 7.5” – 8”

2.2 Lbs. total weight

Hardwood Riser

Laminate Wood limbs

Limbs can be screwed in and out without the need of an Allen wrench

 

My Review:

The PSE Razorback is a great entry level bow. I would consider it an entry level bow because it only is available in 5# increments from 20# to 35#. This is perfect for new archers trying out a recurve bow for the first time. You don’t want to start with a bow to heavy or you won’t have any fun at all. I also feel this is a great bow for youth and women due to its low draw weights.

This is a perfect budget bow with a price tag of just under $100 on Amazon. You will need to add some sort of rest for either shooting off the shelf or a screw in arrow rest which either of those options should cost you no more than $10. I have a Bear hair rest and strike plate installed on mine. I really like shooting off the shelf. The Shelf is beveled up so you don’t have to build it up just place on the Bear hair pad and plate and start shooting.

This bow comes with a string which is fine as a start out string but you might want to upgrade eventually. My opinion is that the included string is very quiet! One thing about the string, it does not have a nock point, so after you decide if you want to shoot off the shelf or off a rest you can then install a nock point at the proper height. Something I didn’t like about the string that came included was that the serving was thin and I had trouble keeping my arrows on the string as I drew back. I changed my fingers to a split finger instead of 3 below to aid this. I still have it come off every now and then when I forget to pinch the arrow while drawing.

This Bow is not good for hunting because of the low draw weight. I have only seen limbs up to 35# and you need to have 40# minimum for hunting.

 

Assembly of limbs:

I bought this bow pre-assembled but since it is a takedown bow I would like to include how to assemble.

This bow doesn’t require an Allen wrench to assemble Limbs it has a nice oversized thumbscrew. Do not over tighten snug is good!

Knowing which limb is upper and lower:

The LOWER limb contains the #(draw weight) of the bow on it and this will be facing you while holding the riser correctly. The limbs will curve away from you.

Locate the Lower Limb and a thumbscrew and place the limb in the slot so it curves away from you while holding the riser. Screw in the thumbscrew so it is snug but not overly tightened.

Locate the Upper Limb (which will not have the # listed on it), Place it so it is curving away from you while holding the riser up properly. Place the limb in the slot and tighten the thumbscrew so it is snug.

I recommend always checking to make sure the bolts are snug before you string your bow.

 

How to string the bow using a stringing tool:

ALWAYS USE A STRINGING TOOL TO AVOID TWISTING THE LIMBS.

NEVER LOOK DIRECTLY AT THE LIMB WHILE STRINGING, it can flip up and hit you in the eye in a split second. You should be able to feel it slide into place without having to look at it.

If you hold the 2 loops of the string next to each other you will notice that one of the loops is bigger than the other. The BIGGER loop goes on the UPPER LIMB.

  1. Loop the bigger loop onto the upper limb but not in the groove, slide it down the limb.
  2. Place the SMALLER loop on the LOWER LIMB so it is around the grooves and lined up in the slot.
  3. Hold you bow so the Riser is up and String is down parallel to the ground. I am right handed so I place the upper limb to my right.
  4. Place the cupped end of the stringing tool on the lower limb over the grooves and string.
  5. Place the flat end of the stringing tool around the upper limb just behind where the loop is sitting.
  6. Put both feet wide on the STRINGING TOOL on the floor.
  7. PULL up on the riser while reaching towards the upper limb and slide the loop into the grooves. It will take more pressure than you think but don’t worry you won’t break it. The bow is very durable and meant to be strung like this. And it gets easier every time you try it.
  8. Release the tension of your pulling and then take off the stringing tool.

Congrats you just strung your bow!

 

Conclusion:

I hope some or all of this information was helpful! I really enjoy this bow and highly recommend it. I feel it’s pretty close to the Sammick Sage but around $30 cheaper! If you have any questions feel free to comment below. Check back for more reviews in the future. Next up:  a review of the Martin Saber will be coming soon!

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-Scoober

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Hello everyone! Thank you for checking out my blog. I have started this blog to post reviews of products for Archery, Outdoor Sports and Camping Gear along with any other product I find interesting and worthy of a complete and thorough review. I have a passion for Archery, Camping and Trekking the Great Outdoors. Check back frequently to see what I find and what I honestly think about products. I have asked a few companies if they would be willing to send me some gear to test/review. I am anxiously awaiting for their reply. As soon as I get things up and running I will post my 1st review. In the meantime if there is anything you guys would like to see reviewed feel free to leave a comment and I will try to obtain and thoroughly review it!