Originally Posted by ByronAlpha
Here is my thoughts on synthetic, which bear in mind may be wrong as I am a complete noob. I bought a kelty comsic mummy bag (first thing I bought) before I knew about hammocks and all I know is that it's way to freakin big. I am assuming that is due to the fact that it's synthetic this not compressing as well as down.
So with that if a synthetic uq is the same way I will have to pass on that.
There are different types of synthetic insulation. Among the best is Climashield and that is what Arrowhead Equipment uses. Granted it doesn't compress as well as down, but it compresses much more than the typical synthetic bags found at the big box outdoor retailers. There is also the cost factor. The down quilts cost almost double what synthetic ones do. However that comes down to the old triangle of choices of which you can pick 2.
Climashield is cheap and warm, but lacks compressibility. Down is compressible and warm but it ain't cheap.
If you are set on a down underquilt, then I would make one of the DIY tablecloth hammocks for cheap, however that is going to lack an integrated bugnet.
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