Jan 30, 2012 at 8:28 am #1284903
Because of you, BPL, I just ordered TWO quilts from Tim Marshall. One for me and one for the wife.
Did I *need* them? No.
Did I want to try new gear (our first quilts) from a cottage maker? Yes.
Did I *NEED* them? No!
But because of you, BPL, I couldn't resist. Why is it BPL's fault? Because only here are such things made irresistible by the enabling reminder that I get to use this fantastic gear out in the wilds. Now I know what Pavlov's K9 friends felt like. I log onto BPL and there goes that itch… or is it drool?
Now I get to play that waiting game for specialized gear. You all know what I'm talking about.Jan 30, 2012 at 8:56 am #1831618
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@ben2worldLocale: So Cal
Actually, one more question, "Does your wife know about this"???Jan 30, 2012 at 9:02 am #1831622
No! Ahem, well sort of.
She knows I'm looking at them, and after explaining my interest in the quilts, she said to me, "you're a bad person."
That translates to "Dammit. Now I secretly want one too, but we really shouldn't spend the money on it."
So, I think this is going to be a Valentines Day/Birthday Present for her. I think I might secretly swap out her sleeping bag and let her discover the quilt by herself.Jan 30, 2012 at 9:31 am #1831637
@eugeneiusLocale: Nuevo Mexico
I hope your wife prefers a quilt over a sleeping bag.Jan 30, 2012 at 9:38 am #1831643
For 3 season use, she's never zipped up her Montbell #3. Always quilt-style.
She was actually the one to bring up quilts a long time ago. At that time, there were no quilts in the price range of the Revelation X at the temperature rating we wanted, so we opted for sleeping bags that we got a good deal on.
Worst case scenario: I'll have to resell them on Gear Swap where the resale value will still be pretty good, especially with barely used cottage gear.Jan 30, 2012 at 10:00 am #1831654
@sarbarLocale: In the shadow of Mt. Rainier
Cough cough….sure give it to her as a gift but you better include some chocolate or similar as well. Just saying :-PJan 30, 2012 at 10:05 am #1831658
Heh, yeah Sarah.
Although, she specifically asked me NOT to get her chocolates for V. Day. Too cliche.
And "Sweetest Day?" Pffff. We both hate that "holiday." It's an invented reason to buy more crap. We'd rather spend money on… new gear….oh, wait…. :)Jan 30, 2012 at 10:41 am #1831680
An old flame once bought me flowers and chocolate for V Day – but not in a standard sense. She bought me the movie "Chocolat" with Johnny Depp and the delightfully delectable Juliette Binoche, and the novel "The Orchid Thief." My all time favorite V Day gifts!Jan 30, 2012 at 10:43 am #1831681
Very nice, Doug!Jan 30, 2012 at 1:19 pm #1831754
@sarbarLocale: In the shadow of Mt. Rainier
There is nothing wrong with chocolate. Ever. Well unless one is allergic to it. There is nothing wrong with giving it – best Valentines Day I had was my husband putting a bag of See's truffles in my backpack before I left for the weekend (he had to work that time). I got to camp and had all this awesome candy to pork out on.
I'd say roses for $50 to 100 a dozen is cliche but never chocolate. You can eat it. But not dead flowers :-P
But hey, I also like jewelry as well ;-) I have no qualms with being a cliche!Jan 30, 2012 at 1:22 pm #1831757
Having a wife who know what kind of quilt you are talking about is pretty awesome.Jan 30, 2012 at 3:31 pm #1831861
Yeah, she's awesome like that. She doesn't know a whole lot of the cottage guys except Tarptent, KookaBay, and MLD, but she understands a decent amount about gear, materials, and techniques. So basically we can discuss gear without the conversation being too one-sided. She works more than I do so she can't spend the time I do learning the fine points of it all, but she knows what she wants!
Often she'll express what she would want out of a particular item and I'll do the research. I'll come back and lay out the options and we make an informed decision. It works nicely because if she has an idea or question that I don't know much about, it gives me an excuse to pour over BPL and gear sites!Jan 30, 2012 at 6:53 pm #1831975
@stephen-mLocale: Way up North
Welcome to the club Travis ;~)Jan 30, 2012 at 7:12 pm #1831988
@davidinkenaiLocale: North Woods. Far North.
>"An old flame once . . . bought me the movie "Chocolat" with Johnny Depp and the delightfully delectable Juliette Binoche, and the novel "The Orchid Thief." My all time favorite V Day gifts!"
Doug: I've seen that movie on a date. Maybe we should again in 15 days. My recommendation for a date movie is "Tampopo". Japanese.
From a review: "A truck driver stops at a small family run noodle shop and decides to help their fledgling business. The story is intertwined with various vignette scenes on the theme of "the love of food." "
But the scene with the lobster is sort of over the top, so maybe it's more of a second date movie than a first date movie.Jan 30, 2012 at 7:24 pm #1831992
Tampopo is well worth watching. Starring the incomparable Nobuko Miyamoto and directed by Juzo Itami.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v4BQnw5WzY8Jan 30, 2012 at 10:51 pm #1832081
Tim's work is the best. You won't regret it.
MJan 31, 2012 at 8:29 am #1832176
@ikeLocale: Central Michigan
What temp rating did you get? I had been eyeing those as a way to drop weight for winter. (hint: should they not work out for you…)Jan 31, 2012 at 9:13 am #1832189
@keith_bassettLocale: Pacific NW
Great flick. Great suggestion. Guaranteed to evoke an emotional response, from laughter to discomfort to sadness.
The scene with the mother who gets up and cooks for her kids always tears my heart out.
KJan 31, 2012 at 9:57 am #1832213
We got two 20*F quilts, one a 6' and the other a 5'6". They both have 30% overfill. They'll mostly be for 3 season, but with my insulating layer I can probably bring it down to 5-10*F, which will be plenty for my 4-season use since I don't go out in the super frigid temps.
But, if they end up not working out, I'll keep you in mind. ;)Jan 31, 2012 at 9:58 am #1832214
@ngatelLocale: Southern California
Typical, blame someone else for your addiction :)
[please note the smiley]Jan 31, 2012 at 10:31 am #1832234
Smiley noted :)
You betcha I'm blaming something other than my addiction. If I'm going down, I'm taking you all with me!
(I really don't think she'll be too upset. I've sold some gear to help cover the cost and she loves curling up in warm blankets/sleeping bags)Jan 31, 2012 at 10:45 am #1832237
Thanks! From your post it seems like you have one of Tim's quilts. Which one do you have and how has it performed?Mar 6, 2012 at 6:59 am #1849472
So I finally got my quilts yesterday. They arrived 5 weeks to the day from the order date, which is right in line with Tim's estimates. I got two Revelation X quilts, both 20*F with 30% overfill, regular widths. Mine is the 6' version, and my wife's is the 5'6" version.
I opened the box and pulled out two stunning orange and black quilts. I'm diggin' the colors! I laid mine down on the floor, noticed the neck drawcord and decided to give it a pull to see how it worked. I pulled the cord to cinch it up….and it kept coming. The entire neck cord popped right out! I quickly compared it to how the other quilt was constructed and it appears that each end of the strap simply never got sewn into place properly. More on that later.
Construction (besides the one issue, which seems really rare given all the good reviews on Tim's quilts) is really good. Seams are straight, measurements are spot on, and the material is nice.
I got the 20*F version with 30% overfill, and this thing lofts like nobody's business. It easily out lofts my Marmot 15*F bag, and the Karo baffles allow a super easy fine-tuning of down placement. I might be able to use this thing year-round.
Time to surprise the wife.
Sparing the details, I surprised my wife with the quilt last night. She LOVES it! She really likes warm and soft things such as fluffy blankets and down-filled things, and this is no exception. She simply thinks the quilts are fantastic.
The sewing mistake.
I let Tim know about the issue with the neck draw cord, and he was immediately apologetic and offered to pick up all shipping charges to have it overnighted to him for repair and sent back next day. Given his response, I could tell he holds himself and his company to very high standards and this was an unacceptable mistake for him. I would also like to note here that I've never heard of anything like this happening with Tim's quilts, so this is indeed a rare and isolated incident.
Appreciating the offer, I contemplated sending it back or fixing it myself. Given the easiness of the fix, I couldn't really see wasting all the shipping resources just for a total of 3/4'' of bar tacks to hold the cords in place. So this morning, I broke out the sewing machine and had it fixed in 20 minutes.
All is well, and I won't give the mistake another thought. I also won't hesitate to order from Tim again. My only problem now is finding a time to get out and use these suckers!
Thanks Tim, for a good product and an earnest effort in making sure I was taken care of.
Cinched up neck closure.
The little black square of stitching is where I tacked the draw cord into place. In Tim's offer to repair it, he said I would't see the repair, but I'm totally cool with this. You can't see the cord because it is inside the hem.
Mar 6, 2012 at 8:09 am #1849507
Goodness gracious – those pics make me want to crawl in and nap.
Lofty!Mar 6, 2012 at 8:21 am #1849516
Yeah, no kidding. Tim quotes a 3.25 inch max loft on the version I got, but there's obviously more than that.
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