So I have received a few emails from some folks and decided it would be good to post my answers, or at least what I am thinking here so everyone can see in case others have similar questions. One of the first questions was about the loft and weight of the LOFT MOUNTAIN 0. Since I have zero information up on this quilt along with no pictures I will put some estimates up here. I am currently in the midst of building one for the website under the newest design. Should have it up soon, but am building a CS90 ARGON outer in orange with UL ARGON inner in charcoal. Thinking it should look pretty sweet.
As it stands right now, loft should be right around 4 inches. Depending on the choice of taper/width/length, it will be filled with around 20 ounces of 850 HyperDRY. I am estimating this to weigh in somewhere in the 28-29 ounce range. Weights are approximate and not something I am really targeting at this point. I have a good set of lightweight materials I have sourced and am using, but right now the weights are really just what they are when the quilt is done. I can give you and estimate and under normal circumstance don't expect them to be too far off, but the more I produce the more I can decrease my margin of error on specs and make each successive quilt more consistent. I'm not hiding anything here, this is and will continue to be, a learning process, an exercise in innovation and continued development. I think one of the things that excites me the most is the prospect of products that will continue to evolve as new ideas spring up. Along these lines, at some point I will start to target lighter materials to focus on further reductions to weight, but for now I will be using what's on the bench.
Another question was about the omni-tape and whether there is a potential for it to poke, scratch, itch, bother or bite you in the middle of the night. The short answer is, I don't think it's an issue, but understand that sensitivity to such things is relative and may vary across individuals. The long answer begins...now...
The omni-tape is sewn to an equivalent width of grosgrain. So 1 inch tape, with a 1 inch backing of soft ribbon like material. This is attached to the quilt by actually sandwiching the quilt edges in between the two layers. Now if you imagine you are staring at the quilt from the foot end as it lays on the ground, one side has the strip of omni-tape on top of the outer shell facing up, while the other strip of omni tape is on the inner shell side facing down. "That's dumb, what if I like symmetry?" you ask. I would agree, I like it too, but what this does is enable the omni-tape to meet up and "mate" so that it lays parallel with both your legs and the hammock/sleeping pad underneath you. "MMMAMW...I mean... mmmm, nice and flat, nothing poking me or sticking up in an off position under my leggies and long johns."
Thus far the edges or corners have not seemingly been an issue either. When you are laying in the quilt, some of the material from the shell naturally overlaps, or at least butts up against the edges. I wear silk long johns virtually all the time and I haven't had an instance where I have been caught on the tape or on a corner. Of course, this also depends on how well you line up the tape when connecting the two sides to form the footbox. My underlying stance is if you set her up nice, she should keep you warm, happy and free from pokes and scratches all night long.