After finishing my first down quilt, I think I should move the 3/4 under quilt I was planning to the top of my project list instead of the mosquito net hammock that I was going to make next.
My hammock is a simple Speer type hammock with whipped ends. Since I used an under quilt for the first time last night, I have a lot of questions. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
- How wide should I make the quilt?
- Should the baffles run length-wise, or accross?
- For a quilt about 54"-60" long, will the ends have to be cinched up to make it conform to the hammock?
- Should there be a channel for a drawcord suspension along the length of the quilt, so the quilt can be slid into position along the length of the hammock?
- Or, would it be better to add loops on the side of the hammock from which to suspend the quilt?
- For length-wise baffles, would it be a good idea to put less down on the sides and more in the center chambers?
- Has any ultra-lighter figured out a second purpose for a 1/2 or 3/4 UQ aside from a kilt?
I am hoping to come in at around 12-14oz for the quilt with a 3" loft. I use a small 20"x20" sit pad anyway as a pack frame, and I am planning to use it for my feet. Of course, it's always a bit of a compromise between comfort and weight, but I am leaning more towards comfort and plan to make it at least 54" long. The quilt will replace a Thermarest Prolite-4, so between it and the SPE wings I have got 19oz at the moment. Anything under that for the same warmth and more comfort and I'll be happy.