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Aidan Raviv · · South Pasadena, CA · Joined Dec 2017 · Points: 100

Hello,

I'm thinking of grabbing some uber cheap sleeping bags from eBay, giving them a good wash and turning them into pants. 

Would anyone be interested in buying pants like that? Seems like everyone has a nice puffy jacket but fewer people have nice puffy pants. 

Cost would be something for my time plus however much the materials are but not crazy. Option to send your own old sleeping bag or a cheap bag of your choosing and have it turned into pants. May also be able to use the cheap down blankets from costco but that is tbd since they may no longer be on sale/the material may be too prone to ripping. 

Lemme know!

Racechinees . · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Oct 2017 · Points: 0

Why not just buy puffy pants? yes they are harder to get, but you can still order them at lots of places. 

(some military brands are actually cheaper for these things.)

Aidan Raviv · · South Pasadena, CA · Joined Dec 2017 · Points: 100
Racechinees . wrote:

Why not just buy puffy pants? yes they are harder to get, but you can still order them at lots of places. 

(some military brands are actually cheaper for these things.)

Do you have any good suggestions for ones I might like? I'm open to that but if I can buy an old down bag for $20, spend a few hours sewing and end up with pants that's gonna be pretty hard to beat price-wise. 

Racechinees . · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Oct 2017 · Points: 0

European here; so not sure about US sources, but in Europe; Nanok reversible sf pants? 

Also look at fleece pants (cheap and durable) and ski pants (some are really just puffy pants with a hardshell outside).

zoso · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jun 2007 · Points: 485

I had a friend that cut out the bottom of a bag and gave it a zipper rendering one-legged pants I suppose.  It was kinda nice around camp but had little utility otherwise. 

Gunkiemike · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jul 2009 · Points: 2,800

Maybe just buy some lined full-zip warmup pants like Adidas, and quilt some insulation in them between the layers. That's basically what I did with a pair of ski bibs I was no longer wearing.

kevin deweese · · Oakland, Ca · Joined Jan 2007 · Points: 420

Or you could just buy a Selkbag

WHAM . · · Utah · Joined Mar 2013 · Points: 1

Are you looking to make something like these, but on the cheap? 

BD Stance Belay Pants

These things are pretty warm and good price for what they are at $150 but that's not exactly dirtbag pricing.

If you do make some pants out of a sleeping bag I would love to see what you come up with, post up the final product!

IcePick · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jun 2017 · Points: 100

Ben Kraft · · San Francisco, CA · Joined Mar 2014 · Points: 26

Another cheap option is modern army surplus stuff. I picked up the "Level 7 Gen III" pants for $40 off ebay and they seem pretty good for the price (primaloft, etc) though it warmed up and I haven't had the chance to use them.  You can even find versions made by WildThings and Patagonia. The other layers from the Gen III system look good too (definitely not stylish).

Sizing wise: the "Small" waist is probably 32"ish, definitely a bit bigger than I'm used to.


beck will · · Somewhere in Utah · Joined Jun 2017 · Points: 0

I made a pair of pants like you are describing out of one of those inexpensive Costco down travel throws.  Working with down was a little tricky, but I just traced the pattern onto the blanket and sewed on each side of the pattern line before cutting them out.  This kept all of the down contained inside the layers.  I also enclosed all of the seams with binding tape, so they don’t leak feathers.  They aren’t very rugged, but I like them for camping, and just put some rain pants over them if I am going to wear them out and about.  

t.farrell · · New York, NY · Joined Aug 2016 · Points: 60

How do you plan on cutting your pant pattern out of a sleeping bag without losing all of the down? It’s not like you can just put a sleeping bag through a sewing machine and end up with pants...

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