UQ Idea, Insultex and Unknown Quality/Source Down
So I have this idea bouncing around in my head and wanted to see what you other DIY'rs thought. I ordered some Insultex from BWDD and was thinking of a layered system.
From the Bottom
DownProof fabric of some type perhaps with some water repellence ability
Insultex 1 Layer
Down of some type salvaged from a Goodwill type store blanket
Downproof fabric of some type.
I am unsure of what pattern I will thread inject it together at this point.
I cant sew and have no idea how to make anything haha but I know leighlo has something called a hybrid topquilt which is
Leigh's Hybrid Top Quilt 15*
48" wide at head end
40" wide at foot end
2 Layers of 3.3 Climashield on each side
800fp down with karo baffles in center
Rated at 15 degrees
I have used the layer combination you are proposing and think the IX adds to the warmth factor. Used in a underquilt, IX is also well worth using.
However, I used the IX on the side against me in the top quilt, and, it would have been better on the differential cut side, with the IX towards the outside. The IX layered towards the outside cover would have made the quilt resistant to moisture from condensation inside the hammock. As it is, sometimes the drips seep into the quilt, and it gets damp. With the IX on the outside layer, the down would not get wet in spots.
Also, down from recycled household items may not be quality down, and instead contain a percentage of 'feathers', which could be heavier, and not compress well for backpacking.
I have already tested the compression and even with the heavy blanket material it was made with it compressed down to approx the size of my down sleeping bag.
Thanks for the info on the layering.
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