Originally Posted by WV
Here's an example where experience outweighs thought.
I bought a No Sniveller because I liked the added function of a wearable quilt, and the price was right (bought it from another HF member). I tried it as an underquilt, and it worked fine! It performed better than some of my early attempts at DIY differential cut quilts. Some years later I won a Nest at MAHHA. I chose it partially because it fits a bottom-entry Hennessy (another often-criticized design that actually has a lot of merit). I've used it also as a supplemental UQ to turn a 3-season insulated hammock into a winter hammock. It works well, like the No Sniveller.
I think the ability of down to fill available spaces makes flat underquilts perfectly workable, but that's something I've learned accidentally, from experience. The thinker and tinkerer in me gravitates toward engineered solutions. And some of my synthetic engineered UQ solutions gravitated
toward the ground - that is, despite being somewhat shaped to fit the hammock they were too heavy to suspend easily. Note: all
underquilts are only somewhat
shaped to fit. Your butt is a moving target.
That said, would I pass up a fine contoured UQ at a MAHHA raffle? Nope.
Would I encourage a DIY newbie to make a differential underquilt? Nope.
Have I gone on long enough? Yup.
Very interesting post WV, a few questions however. Because down fills spaces does that mean an UQ that is not differentially cut will provide more warmth (assuming you do not compress the down) then a Differentially Cut UQ because it will find a way to fill in cold spaces. Where as an UQ that is differentially cut you can not compress the down however the down is not allowed to fill in any gaps. Does this logic make sense. So then, were differentially cut UQ were created to make the use of UQ easier and prevent the user from compressing the down, a non differentially cut UQ you run the risk of compressing down however it will also fill in more air gaps then a flat UQ. Am I understanding correctly, you certainly gave me a new perspective on UQ's.
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