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    Things Made with Insultex

    Quote Originally Posted by Running Feather
    maybe it's time to start an Insultex Application thread to funnel the vest, quilts etc into one place?
    Ok, RF, here we can talk about vests, quilts, inserts and the like, so folks can share what they learn with this stuff.

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    How compressible is I-tex?
    It is not compressible at all. One yard folds and rolls to fit in about one liter.
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    Would it perform well between the layers of hammocks like the Traveller? Or is that better left to ccf?
    It would do very well in a double layer hammock! You might have to work harder to get it spread out and held in place, but it would perform well there.

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    Compressibility

    It is not compressible at all. One yard folds and rolls to fit in about one liter.- MacEntyre
    Very true. I was glad I made the first of two TC/TQs instead of one huge one. The Primaloft is better but still bulky.

    I folded the quilt up nicely and placed it between two sheets of plywood and then placed my car over the plywood - we'll see
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    It would do very well in a double layer hammock! You might have to work harder to get it spread out and held in place, but it would perform well there.

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    Condensation

    Quote Originally Posted by oldgringo View Post
    It would do very well in a double layer hammock! You might have to work harder to get it spread out and held in place, but it would perform well there.

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    I knew I should have bought some.
    What about the condensation factor?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Running Feather View Post
    What about the condensation factor?
    Have to try it to answer that. It certainly couldn't be any worse than with ccf.
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    I suspect that keeping it from being compressed (or tight against you) could keep it from having condensation.

    Just a thought...

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    primaloft or insultex? I think the question was how breathable is the Insultex..but I could be confused..KM

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    Quote Originally Posted by KerMegan View Post
    primaloft or insultex? I think the question was how breathable is the Insultex..but I could be confused..KM
    I-tex.

    At least, that's what I thought we were talking about, until you came along and cornfused me.
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    I had an opportunity to try out my little Insultex (IX) quilt that I made (described in another thread) in conjunction with my Te-Wa 3 seasons quilt. The goal was to see if using the IX quilt in conjunction with the Te-Wa to get into lower temps.

    I went out with AngrySparrow and Hetairoi this past weekend on a short trip on the Pinhoti Trail in Alabama. The lows on Friday night were supposed to be in the mid 20s with lots of rain following. So, I setup my BB Traveler hammock, Speer Winter Tarp and the Te-Wa quilt. I attached the IX quilt on top of the Te-Wa. I slept pretty comfortably with that setup although I had an issue with the Te-Wa wanting to constantly slip off my left shoulder and go under the hammock. I had no cold spots all night but noticed that I didn't really have the warm sensation of a down quilt under me. The next night I removed the IX quilt and put it in the hammock under my legs and slept just on the Te-Wa. Almost immediately, I felt the warmth of the down quilt and slept very well the second night I had tightened up the suspension and didn't have any issues with the Te-Wa that night). There wasn't ever any condensation on the IX quilt. I am puzzled why I didn't feel that radiant heat that I get when I use the IX quilt any other time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KerMegan View Post
    I think the question was how breathable is the Insultex..but I could be confused..KM
    I don't think the insultex foam is breathable on its own, but it is regularly perforated by the backing fabric(scrim?) which is through-sewn to the foam. I tried the porosity test in an earlier insultex thread by taping scraps of insultex over bowls and placing water on the unquilted sections for several hours. No water leaked through, and it did not appear that either the insultex foam or the fabric backing absorbed any water. After dumping the water off the insultex it dried extremely quickly. Its worth noting that this was done in a house around 65 degrees, it may perform differently in colder weather when there is a significant difference in temperatures from one side of the fabric to the other as when worn as clothing.
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