Re: [Hammock Camping] Re: TNF Nuptse blanket, was Using bag for underquilt / Ecotat
- Does anyone know the specifications of TNF Nuptse blanket, apparently built
for Chevrolet as part of their TNF branded trailblazer?
Nothing I could find on TNF site about it. Anyone know what materials were
used, and whit the type and amount of fill was? IS the current batch on
ebay a buy at ~$50 delivered?
----- Original Message -----
From: "thomaskelsonl" <thomaskelsonl@...>
Sent: Thursday, April 01, 2004 3:29 PM
Subject: [Hammock Camping] Re: Using bag for underquilt / Ecotat
> --- In email@example.com, "dtwadsworth"
> <dwadsworth@m...> wrote:
> > Thomas,
> > Pretty amazing coincidence, I just bought that bag from the same
> > seller last week to try as an underquilt. Turns out it's only like
> > an Ecotat bag in form, not in materials, weight, or construction.
> > The seller said I should have known it wasn't an actual Ecotat bag
> > because of the price! I guess that somehow makes the misleading
> > description okay... The bag shipped was different than the ebay
> > picture (which I believe is a Wiggy's made Ecotat) and was made in
> > China for RTC Sports (the ebay seller's company). You can buy it
> > directly at rtcsports.com for $23 although I'd advise against it
> > even at that price!
> Yes - Strange - I got both the tent and the bag - they arrived
> together - the tent/bivy bag is cool, but the bag was not as
> described and I sent it back and should be getting something that at
> least looks like the picture!
> As far as the advertising - she advertised it as ecotat, so if when I
> get it is is not, I will lodge a report. I did not quesiton her use
> of the term, as the guy who invented the ecotat lives down in that
> part of the country. OK - so caveat emptor!
> > Anyway, I moved on to Plan B and bought a new North Face Nuptse
> > down blanket for ~$39 and will be trying that as an underquilt when
> > it arrives on Monday. It's only 60" x 66" but I'll attach it on
> > diagonal (should be ~89") to hopefully get enough coverage. It's
> > only 18 oz. so probably not a lot of loft but I'm only looking for
> > solution good to about 35 - 38F. I'll let the group know how this
> > test goes next week...
> > Regards,
> > David
> I saw those too - thanks for doing the research and reporting back.
> Yahoo! Groups Links
I bought one a couple of weeks ago to use as insulation under a HH.
The listed specs are 60" x 66" but in reality it is closer to 54" x
64". The insulation fill weight is 18 oz (I haven't weighed the
entire blanket to get an actual weight yet), I'm not sure about the
down quality/fill power but I'd guess it's no more than 550 as these
were made as a promo for the masses.
It would be hard to feel that you overpaid for a down blanket for
$39 + shipping, but whether it's right for you all depends on your
intended application... I'm using it in an undershell and have it
folded in half making it 27" x 64". In this configuration I get a
good 3" of loft and by having two layers work around the fact that
it's made using stitch-through construction instead of baffles. I'm
experiementing using it on the diagonal for a little more coverage
but I like the full double layer when it's just folded straight
over. I also tried using it as a top sleeping cover one night but
as expected was annoyed because unless you're pretty sohrt it's not
long enough to really feel fully covered. As under-hammock
insulation that doesn't seem as critical (in limited testing to date
anyway) as I use a pillow under my head anyway and I'm only planning
to use this configuration down to about 35F - 40F.
It's not going to be like a WM or Nunatak (it's north face after all
and probably one of their low-end items at that), but it is cheap,
light, and compressible.
I'll try to post some pics this weekend with the blanket in a new
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "neptunebeach"
> Does anyone know the specifications of TNF Nuptse blanket,apparently built
> for Chevrolet as part of their TNF branded trailblazer?materials were
> Nothing I could find on TNF site about it. Anyone know what
> used, and whit the type and amount of fill was? IS the currentbatch on
> ebay a buy at ~$50 delivered?
- I bought one of these blankets on Ebay (like a few others here), but I
haven't taken it out yet. I'm going hiking this weekend, but I haven't
decided if I'm going to take it (I may take my synthetic blanket if I
finish it in time).
I don't yet have a scale. Has anyone weighed their blanket yet? With
18 oz of fill it seems like it should weigh about 24-28 oz.
I'm going to be testing a bunch of new gear I've made this winter:
Double bottom hammock, TravelPod, and Tarp.
The TravelPod is quite a contraption! I mostly used Risk's plans, but
I added a strap that goes from the ends up to the bugnet D-ring (The
hammock mostly follows the plan from Ed's book) to keep it from
creeping in toward the middle. I made the strap using 1" webbing,
which is complete overkill, but it was all I had laying around with
the necessary hardware.
I'll take pictures later after I test it to see how it works. It seems
like there's too much baggyness at the bottom, but I can't tell on my
low-rider hammock stand here at home. It seems like I have 4-6 inches
of sag in the travelpod.
- I bought two of the down blankets off e-bay. One for insulating a
mild weather underquilt. The other to be converted into a bivy
sack. I plan to sew velcro around the edge to allow quick assembly,
but didn't have time to do it for this weekends campout at Quantico,
VA. Estimate that the low for the night was around 50 degrees with
very little wind. Started out laying on the much venerated Target
blue pad. Used a fleece zip bag around 1 AM and had the quilt laid
out on the side next to me inside my HH Asym. Around 5 AM the
coolness overcame sleep, so I flipped the quilt over me and tucked it
around the fleece bag. Easy to work with since it isn't that wide,
and I was snug and warm in a few minutes. The bag that the quilt
comes in, when turned inside out, is fleece lined and makes a very
The rest of my attire that evening was running shorts, coolmax long
sleeve shirt and a nylon pullover golf jacket.
Tom in Virginia Beach
PS. Don't have a scale that will weigh the blanket, sorry.
--- In email@example.com, "matthulbert" <ms@u...> wrote:
> I bought one of these blankets on Ebay (like a few others here),
> haven't taken it out yet. I'm going hiking this weekend, but I
> decided if I'm going to take it (I may take my synthetic blanket if
> finish it in time).
> I don't yet have a scale. Has anyone weighed their blanket yet? With
> 18 oz of fill it seems like it should weigh about 24-28 oz.
> I'm going to be testing a bunch of new gear I've made this winter:
> Double bottom hammock, TravelPod, and Tarp.