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Massdrop Pine Down Blanket

Massdrop Pine Down Blanket

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Stickied
Hi everyone,

The Massdrop Pine Down Blanket has arrived at our warehouse and the team is now wrapping up quality control checks. We’re on track to meet our estimated ship date of May 22.

We’re looking forward to you receiving the first production of the Pine Blanket!
AveryC
Awesome news ! Thanks !
Stickied
Hi Everyone
Down Quilts and Blankets have appeared in Massdrop Polls since the very first days of the Ultralight Community in Fall of 2014. The polls have consistently been some of the most popular, resulting in super successful drops from the likes of Enlightened Equipment, Zpacks, Rumpl and more. 

At it's heart, this is the best down blanket we could make for you. It's roughly the size of a Twin XL mattress, and it would look perfectly lovely on your bed or couch. Secretly, there are a few snaps and hidden cords that can transform this into a sleeping quilt for camping or traveling.

What's special about our down blanket?

1) Comfort. We spent nearly a year finding the best downproof fabric that was both light and SOFT. When you cozy up to this on your couch or in your cabin, we wanted you first impression to be one of luxurious lightness. We didn't want you thinking that this is a really techy product with shiny plasticky fabric. You can be assured that this fabric is high performance, but it doesn't need to *feel* that way. 

2) Versatility. It's a blanket, it's a quilt, and it's possibly so much more*.

3) Best-in-class materials. We want you to feel confident that you're getting a high-end product, and so we started with the best raw materials we could find. The HyperDRY down was developed by The North Face and is the benchmark for quality down. It is Responsibly Down Source (RDS) Certified, bluesign approved, fluorocarbon free (a nasty chemical that was used in earlier hydrophobic downs), and allergen free. This 850 fill power down is very light for the amount of insulation it provides, and will last 10-30 years under normal use and care. The fabric is calendared for downproofness and matte finish and soft hand make it feel more like a comforter than a shiny sleeping bag.

4) Maximized value. By paying special attention to the design, we were able to achieve the maximum warmth to weight ratio. The sewn-through baffles are the lightest and most affordable, so we used tons of down, wide baffle spacing to allow peak loft, and minimal baffling to make a very thick blanket. We added one mid-blanket baffle to keep down from shifting in the long vertical baffles, and otherwise kept the baffles (the low point / potential cold spot in the blanket) to an absolute minimum. Going with 850 fill achieved our goal for weight, warmth, and durability. Moving up to 900 fill would have increased your cost 2-3x and saved maybe an ounce.

A few more thoughts.

Temp rating - Generally, a blanket or quilt with sewn through baffles will be warm down to 40-50F. However, this has 2" of loft, which would put it comparitavely at 30F according to EE and Zpacks. Also, Patagonia has a sewn-through sleeping bag that they rated at 30F. So without testing, I am fairly confident that this would keep men warm down to 40F and women to 45-50F, though it really depends on who you are, how you use it, and what other products you're using, like your sleeping pad and shelter.

Stuff sack - This comes with a stuff sack, though we intentionally designed it a little big to make it easy to stuff your blanket into it. It will definitely fit a smaller sack, likely down to 8 or 10 liters. If you're storing this for a long time, it's best to store it in a large sack, a cotton pillow case, hanging in the closet, or just out on your couch so you can use it everyday!

Design - This is a blanket first, and a quilt second. If you want the best high-performance quilt, then I would point you to Enlightened Equipment or many other small American manufacturers. I make this statement because something like the EE Revelation has a better footbox, more options for securing around your sleeping pad, and tapered area around your leg (which will keep you warmer, all else being equal). So, it's a better quilt. However, it would look a bit funny on your bed, it wouldn't feel as comfy on your couch, and the tapered leg area could be confined to some. Additionally, those quilts cost 2-3x as much.

Temp rating - Generally, a blanket or quilt with sewn through baffles will be sufficiently warm down to 40-50F. However, this has 2" of loft, which would put it comparatively at 30F according to EE and Zpacks. Also, Patagonia has a sewn-through sleeping bag that they rated at 30F. So without testing, I am fairly confident that this would keep men warm down to 40F and women to 50F, though it really depends on who you are, how you use it, and what other products you're using, like your sleeping pad and shelter.

Length - Yeah, it's long! I'm 6'0" and I hate it when my toes just stick out of a blanket or off a mat. My brothers are all taller and this happens to them all the time. I read so many comments from our members that we need to have a longer pad, a tent that fits tall people, or size 14+ shoes. I hear you, and this is 86" long. If you're not as tall, then you just have more blanket to snuggle around your shoulders.

I'm really interested to hear what you plan on using this for. I've already been using one on my couch at home. We keep our house at 60 F in the winter, and this has been perfect for covering the whole family while we read books before bed. I've also used it alone on my bed and backpacking. What are your ideas?

Cheers
Danny

*As for the DIY / MYOG person, I definitely had you in mind while designing this. The value of the raw goods, if bought elsewhere, is more than we're selling it for here. I've already been working with Aaron Sorensen on ideas (he's known for modding Costco Down Throws). With a little cutting or sewing, you could make this into your dream quilt with tapered legs. Maybe add a #3 zipper and turn it into a sleeping bag. Sew two together and it's a California King size blanket. Layer two together and it could be a 10F blanket. Cut it in half and make it into two underquits for hammock camping. Turn it into a pair of quilts for toddlers. What else? You tell me! In fact, I'm going to start a Talk page specifically for sharing ideas on altering this blanket:
https://www.massdrop.com/talk/2735/diy-myog-massdrop-pine-down-blanket-modifications
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I am mainly interested in a cheaper but lightweight alternative to the enlightened equipment accomplice quilt. The feature to open it up like a blanket for warmer weather would be nice though. I would not make it quite so long as the original to save weight. It would be nice if it fit into the 30° sweet spot for an all around temp. So a little more fill than the original. I personally wouldn't be opposed to toggles but most of the quilts of this type use snaps that can also be replaced with a little know-how. The accomplice is very expensive but is one of the only options of the type so this would sell very well I'd guess.
Logan96
Very cool idea and I will look into this for sure! Great suggestions and if you ever want to talk further about this or other concepts, feel free to email me at kim.suarez@massdrop.com !
How small does this get when packed/compressed? Would be great to have a photo of it in a compression sack beside something else for reference like a nalgene or coke can
i am currently using this pine down blanket but would like to have another version with more down fill!
The down is currently too little and floats in the quilt creating cold spots.

Please make one with more down fill!
anyone using this as a hammock underquilt? i'm looking for one but most ''real'' hammock underquilts are much more expensive.
Many are suggesting this quilt be available in a colder temperature rating (ad other suggested mods which is great) yet never forget this is a sewn-thru, not a baffled sleeping quilt. I have found that a baffled construction is needed to reach even a true 40 degree bag. I submit this is a 50 degree bag as offered by many companies yet at a much reduced price. If you take this bag into the high country, even in Summer, consider packing additional clothing to reach Fall and Spring temperatures. The green color is certainly a breath of fresh air.
I really wish this came as a narrower product, or has horizontal baffles. with 10ozs of 850 fill down this could easily be a great 20-30 degree quilt if you could migrate all the down to just ontop of you. or would be a great quilt with the same temp rating if it had the same fill in a smaller package
QUESTION:
How does one "re-fluff" these?
I use mine CONSTANTLY, and they become kind of "smushed" , would like to know the best strategy for pluffing them up again.

thanx and THANKS!!!!
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Yeah. Have you ever tried washing out a well-used sleeping bag? It's pretty disgusting.

I was with some guys who washed out their bags after a year of almost constant use (long distance cycle tourers). The water that came out on the first rinse looked like coffee.
RockyMountains
I haven't and I don't look forward to that day, lol.
Is the down inside white or grey?
Greenfire
white
Would jump all over this if it were rated 20F (maybe even 30) and were a little smaller to make it similar weight. It seems that all of the drops for top-quilts are 40F+.
Does the lining have any DWR applied? If so, does the DWR contain any pfoas? Are there any other variations of this blanket as a sleeping bag or anything else coming soon? Thanks!
metastart
Yes there is a C6 water resistant coating so there are PFOAs. We are looking into options with added durability and possible size adjustments.
Do you have any specific requests for future iterations of this?
Came quickly in the mail. Wife took one look at it and told me it was going to be hers and I should have gotten two.
wintermutt
Story of my life with cool throws / blankets.
wintermutt
I hear you. I bought this to serve multiple duties...lightweight camping blanket alone, another down layer for cold weather camping, or general household use. Pleased with it so far. I'm here in the Smokys for a week vacation stay in a cabin. I brought the down blanket for early am/late pm time out on the deck. I used it once the first night....then my wife asked to "try it out". I haven't had a chance to get it back. Ordering another for me.