So here's the story guys
I recently modded one of my old down sleeping bags into an underquilt.
Thread seen here:
The size is 46x72, I chose this size because it seemed to be the right size for a full length uq based on the threads I had been reading concerning full length uqs.
The problem I'm having is that at the foot end there is considerable slack in the uq causing there to be a huge gap between the hammock body and the uq.
It seems that no matter how tight I adjust the suspension I cannot eliminate this gap...
Even when attaching the foot end corners(not the shock cord suspension) directly to the ridgeline a sizable gap is present.
Isn't it a bad idea to attach the uq directly to the ridgeline with no shock cord in between for fear of putting undue stress on the on the uq body?
Does anybody else run into this problem with full length uqs?
Should I be using a different shape? It seems as though a semi-rectangular shape would be ideal. But I went with a basic rectangle because that's what others had done and it seems to have worked alright for them.
When cinching up the foot end there is much more bunching than at the head end, is it more practical for the foot end of the uq to be narrower to lessen the amount of sag I'm experiencing?
When I tested it in the field it got down to mid-teens at night and I woke up a few times with cold feet and periodically cold butt as well. If I could eliminate these gaps I'm pretty confident that I would have been completely comfortable using this uq at these temps.
And one more thing... When I attach the uq to my ridgeline the ridgeline sags about 8 inches or so... Should I be attaching it where the hammock body meets the suspension or the ridgeline?
This is my first experience with an uq so I'm a total noob.
Also, I'm looking to head out to Lake Berryessa in a couple weekends again and I'm expecting similar nighttime lows(upper to mid teens) so I'm hoping to get this dialed before then.
Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.