Nov 20, 201710091 views

DIY/MYOG - Massdrop Pine Down Blanket Modifications

We designed the Pine Down Blanket to stand alone as an amazingly useful, versatile blanket. Additionally, I had a secondary goal of making it incredibly desirable for our members who love to customize their gear. The value of the raw goods is more than we're selling it for. I've already been working with Aaron Sorensen on ideas (he's known for modding Costco Down Throws), and I'll post our ideas here too.
With a little cutting or sewing, you could make:
  • A lighter backpacking quilt with tapered legs and more snaps, straps or a zipper. Maybe add a #3 zipper and turn it into a sleeping bag.
  • A California King size blanket by sewing two togetherl
  • A 10F blanket or quilt by layering one quilt on the other, offsetting by 2.12" so that the peak channel of one blanket falls into the baffle of the other, thereby forming a solid 3" thick layer.
  • Snap two together to create a hammock overquilt and underquilt.
  • Cut it in half and make it into two underquilts for hammock camping.
  • Turn it into a pair of quilts for toddlers.
  • Use the raw materials to make something completely different, like a few down jackets and hats.
So let this be the place where can share our ideas and (eventually) our projects for modifying this blanket.

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I have been using it since late spring as a top quilt in my Warbonnet Ridge Runner bridge hammock. I am pleased with it so far.
danny how would you turn this into two summer underquilts or even one full lenght quilt With minimal sewing or cutting?
Will this be available again soon? Just gave mine to a Philmont bound scout.......
LBBB
it's available right now.
What straps would work well with this quilt? I have a Thermarest Xtherm regular length mummy pad.
So is this made with a "down" that is made from Pine?
Or is this from exploited animals like goose?
FlyingDisc
Yes it is made from the fallen down feathers of a single Spruce Pine tree, located in central Nebraska.
CoachCarl
wow - very interesting -
I never heard of "feathers from a Spruce Pine.
I learn something new every day!
Two questions--

Do we have an update on the shipping date?

I've read a few times about making " A 10F blanket or quilt by layering one quilt on the other, offsetting by 2.12" so that the peak channel of one blanket falls into the baffle of the other, thereby forming a solid 3" thick layer. " I don't have a clear picture in my mind of how to "lock that" in. What ways are there to connect two quilts that would accomplish this? Thanks for any insight.
YES. Just picked up 2 with the same in mind. Sure would be nice if they were a bit longer though! If there are any other suppliers that could compare with a bit more fill and length then it would be really sweet.
Hey Danny, just wondering if there are any updates to the status of the order? I know the drop says they won't ship until the end of May, but I was hoping you may have heard what the current status of the order is.
Hey Danny,
Any chance this will be coming around again any time soon? Missed out on it last time. Life sometimes gets in the way. Or, if anyone flaked at the last minute, consider me the guy to pick up that slack. Thanks for all you're doing toward bringing alternative, "custom" gear at reasonable pricing to a market sorely lacking in both.
I really like these 3 ideas (which can all work together):

A lighter backpacking quilt with tapered legs and more snaps, straps or a zipper. Maybe add a #3 zipper and turn it into a sleeping bag.

A 10F blanket or quilt by layering one quilt on the other, offsetting by 2.12" so that the peak channel of one blanket falls into the baffle of the other, thereby forming a solid 3" thick layer.

Snap two together to create a hammock overquilt and underquilt.

Could this be used as an underquilt for the Byer of Maine hammock without cutting it?
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That's mostly what I'm wondering. What dimensions should an underquilt be relative to the size of the hammock?
Benjamin6264
Depends on whether you want a 3/4 or full length UQ for length. Full should be at least 74”. Width should be around 48-50” at the middle.
Stoked!
Are the snaps a standard product that you can buy elsewhere? Because the you could attach the blanket to other things fairly easily.
NotABot
Plastic kamsnaps and the press size 20 are what I have.
Any thoughts on having some sort of the down/snap system to attach to the sides of the hammock so it won't shift? I actually had SOME luck using a Jack Wolfskin center zip sleeping bag - however, it's the same issue... it shifts all over the place.
Otherwise, absolutely LOVE having some input on what's custom gear! Now.... to make a semi custom wearable sleeping bag. The German Army (Bundeswehr) used to issue out sleeping bags that you literally wore like a set of overalls.... very clever.
Colinsdad
UQ hooks are the way to go on the hammock and have shockcord along the sides of the UQ.
Colinsdad
You might want to look at the Jerven Fjellduken available from Varustelka. They have several more extreme versions.