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    DIY Climashield UQ and Golite Ion Mods

    I had a vacation day today free of honeydoos for a change, so I played with some gear.

    I made a UL two layer Climashield XP UQ with a momentum shell that weighs in at around 8 ounces less suspension. The UQ ended up at 36 x 45, mainly due to some sewing problems that caused me to resew and cut out the original seams (should have been 40 x 48). Quilt should be good down to just above freezing.

    I'm going to cut a heat sheet in half to provide a vapor barrier between the UQ and hammock if I need a bit more temp in a pinch.

    While I was playing, I took out the Golite ION I had purchased last year and made a few mods ... I added a 1.4 ounce per square yard silnylon roll top, removed the hip belt, and added a Gossamer Gear pocket to the strap.

    I increased the usable volume to around 2200 cu in at a finished weight of 9.4 ounces.

    Here are a few hard to see pics ....

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    Hey Cap't; When UQ is packed up how small is it. And i can't see any sewing in the middle of the quilt, is there??
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    Quote Originally Posted by mbiraman View Post
    Hey Cap't; When UQ is packed up how small is it. And i can't see any sewing in the middle of the quilt, is there??
    No sewing in the middle ...... but it is somewhat of a differential cut. It's just two layers of 2.5 ounce per square yard XP sewn at the edges. I need to put the drawstring channels on it yet

    It packs up pretty small ... tomorrow I'll see what size stuff sack I can put it in.
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    I have one with a single layer of 2.5XP that packs down to 200 c.i.

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    I'm hoping for 400 or less.

    I know a few on here are SUL .... I'm just looking to get to XUL with stuff I've got on hand and a few DIY options ..... at least this year.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Captn View Post
    No sewing in the middle ...... but it is somewhat of a differential cut. It's just two layers of 2.5 ounce per square yard XP sewn at the edges. I need to put the drawstring channels on it yet

    It packs up pretty small ... tomorrow I'll see what size stuff sack I can put it in.
    Nice looking quilt!
    I also have made multiple Climashield quilts...I might recommend some quilting loops through out to stabilize the material and lock everything together
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    Quote Originally Posted by Coldspring View Post
    I have one with a single layer of 2.5XP that packs down to 200 c.i.
    I was curious, it's more like 130 c.i. if you squish it. But I'm not going to stuff something that tight on a regular basis.

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    I thought with synthetics squishing did not matter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gunn parker View Post
    I thought with synthetics squishing did not matter.
    Down is not as picky about being squished .... synthetics, well, once you squish them a bit too much they never come back all the way.
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    Nice work. I am about to endeavor into making a similar under quilt with climashield. However, I got the 6oz./yd and I am plan on doubling it. My design, in fact is almost identical. If you are thinking you can get to the 30s. Then I should be able to get to the 20s easy. Atleast that is what I am hoping of. I always take a New Years trip into the mountains. The weather is looking at being anywhere from teens to 40s. You never know with East TN.

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