Originally Posted by BigV
The IX UQ was my first sewing project for hammocks. From the thread I've learned that down can be compressed into a smaller space but can also be warmer. But it's still pricey and DIY is much more work than the IX UQ. But those statements about IX are in comparison to down.
If down isn't an option because of price or skill, are there any other reasons to avoid IX? Since this thread started over 2 years ago, what's the overall experience for campers who are using IX? Are you still using it? More particularly, what are any reasons you had for abandoning your IX UQ?
Thanks for any feedback
I made a DIY IX UQ last fall. It has served me well on a couple cold nights. By cold I am speaking from a Georgia boy perspective, 20s-30s at the coldest.
I didn't make it by any particular design with the exception of using three layers. My outer shell is a Dri Ducks poncho rather than nylon. Its a bit thicker thus, I believe, a bit warmer. Also, it is breathable and water resistant.
The IX is a bit bulky and heavier than down but not 4 times as much, which is the price difference. Eventually I will make the sacrifice and make/or even purchase a down UQ, but in the mean time...I love my IXUQ, cause it's all I got.