“I think that when the lies are all told and forgot the truth will be there yet. It dont move about from place to place and it dont change from time to time. You cant corrupt it any more than you can salt salt.” - Cormac McCarthy
Speer has some good prices (1.9 Ripstop Nylon; 60"w, chocolate brown or apple green, 4.50/yd), but then you pay for shipping...
"Civilization is the limitless multiplication of unnecessary necessities." - Mark Twain
“I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order.” - John Burroughs
However, a small fabric shop opened yesterday. Can you believe I just happened to drive by and think "I don't remember seeing that before"? When I asked how long they had been open, the lady said "about 4.5 hours". I like her she's funny. No ripstop, but she said she'd look into it.
Anyone know of another topic that covers the design of making your own under quilt with a sleeping bag. I'd like to see if it's not that hard and if I could do that with the things I have around me.
Just use the KAQ directions and modify any measurments to fit the dimensions of the bag. The only real difference is the quality of the insulation and the overall length will be about a foot shorter than one made "by the book". It will be lots heavier than one made with good insulation and 1.1 ripstop.
I'm saying short relative to the KAQ which calls for a length of 90". Don't forget that the UQ provides a wind break benefit. Leaving both ends of the hammock open to the wind may reduce the warmth factor quite a bit. I don't know since I'm heading into my first winter since my hammock addiction; I'll let ya know.
Based on experiments I made using a sleeping bag, plain fabric and synthetic insulation bats leaving the ends open underneath is a good way to lose about 75-80% of the benefit of the underquilt.
I tried these things clipped in various fashions to the hammock. The warmest was having the ends gathered and clipped up against the hammock. Leaving them open (and away from the hammock) was slightly warmer than nothing, but not really warm... Any UQ I make is going to attach snugly on all 4 sides.
So many projects, So little time....