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    Lightbulb You're Doing Underquilts All Wrong. Get A Clew ;-)

    Greetings. I'm sharing a new underquilt design i recently prototyped. It's a game changer for me.

    Instead of hanging the quilt with a shock cord loop, it suspends via elastic hammock "clews". This changes the quilt dynamics with the following benefits:

    • 100% snug up against you, everywhere, all the time. Absolutely no gaps or air pockets.
    • Takes the same shape your hammock does, so no squeeze.
    • Hangs the same way every time.
    • Lighter design.
    • Works with any hammock.
    • You can retrofit any existing underquilt with clews.


    The full writeup with pictures and instructions can be found here:
    http://leiavoia.net/pages/hammock/levquilt.html


    This design was inspired by my Brazilian hammock and assisted by Derek Hansen's WWII navy hammock tutorial at The Ultimate Hang.
    http://theultimatehang.com/2013/01/w...-clew-tutorial

    If you try this design or any variant thereof, please post your experience with it.

    Thanks.

    clew_uq_main.png UQ_trad_solid.jpg UQ_clew_solid.jpg hammock_with_uq.jpg








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    Well done! The ingenuity displayed on this forum never ceases to amaze. I just finished a Costco UQ and I will definitely be adding a lev mod. I will be on this like white on rice, the lev mod project has just zoomed to the top of my post holiday to-do list. Thank you very much for the post and the article!

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    I saw your blog and made one this week. Will be testing it on Wed night. Thanks!


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    Quote Originally Posted by leiavoia View Post

    I like the idea, but on the above picture it looks like there are gaps between each attachment point on the uq. Do these flatten out as you put weight in the hammock?

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    It's a nice idea.
    Interesting to see how the little gaps affect things, a fat draft collar should fix any gaps I guess.
    I think you are being a bit optimistic with the phrase "less cordage, less weight". I would be a bit concerned by the extra weight of the shockcord nettles, would be lighter to use fabric (a la Warbonnet Wookie).

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    Quote Originally Posted by GadgetUK437 View Post
    It's a nice idea.
    Interesting to see how the little gaps affect things, a fat draft collar should fix any gaps I guess.
    I think you are being a bit optimistic with the phrase "less cordage, less weight". I would be a bit concerned by the extra weight of the shockcord nettles, would be lighter to use fabric (a la Warbonnet Wookie)
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    If the cord points are aligned with the lengthwise stitching, don't you think the pleats are fairly irrelevant?
    The loft in the tubes themselves should block any chill infiltration.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GadgetUK437 View Post
    I think you are being a bit optimistic with the phrase "less cordage, less weight". I would be a bit concerned by the extra weight of the shockcord nettles, would be lighter to use fabric (a la Warbonnet Wookie).
    I followed the exact instructions for the clew suspension and it comes in at 2 1/8 oz. It seems very light weight. Will try my first overnighter in it tomorrow to see how it hangs.

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    Or a stretchy fabric a la snug fit?

    Been wondering what that fabric was exactly on the snug fit lately


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    This is an amazing concept and hopefully one that a few of the do it yourselfers will tackle. I'm amazed the amount to time and energy you've put into this. This is a great write up and diagrams and then to share it with the group. Well it's just incredible. It certainly gets the creative juices flowing in some. The gaps that a few mention are no different that the larger gap created by no center suspension and once occupied would definitely seal as good or better with a small draft collar. Let's see if any of the big guns pick this up and try it. Congrats on the idea and thanks for sharing.

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