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    Molly Mac Gear: IX UQ for Supershelter

    Folks, in the next few weeks, I will introduce some new stuff called Molly Mac Gear!

    Here's the first item: an Insultex UQ for the Hennessey Supershelter

    Yesterday I made an Insultex UQ that works with or replaces (for the summer) the Hennessey Supershelter OCF pad. Thing1 used it last night, and reported that it is significantly warmer than the UQ she has been using. (She has a synthetic comforter with gathered ends.) It was so warm, she tossed off her top quilt!

    It has the same fitted, asymmetrical shape as the HH SS OCF pad, achieved with darts. Fit is the key to success with IX! This UQ should be suspended loosely, but right up against the OCF pad or the hammock. There are grosgrain loops at each corner, which will match up with the HH SS OCF pad suspension. You can also use the suspension that comes with it, which is identical. There are loops that match up with the tie-outs. Like the HH SS OCF pad, it has a grosgrain diagonal underneath, so that the tie-outs can not pull it apart. This grograin diagonal is parallel to the IX quliting stitches. The whole UQ is bound with grosgrain. It is not faced with another fabric, so that it can remain ultra light in weight. (I'll add a facing if you insist.) It folds up to about the size of a softball. Like all Molly Mac Gear, it comes with a Tyvek sack.

    This IX UQ can be used by itself, or underneath the HH SS OCF pad. When I had a HH SS, I was able to use it at 20*F. With this IX UQ I would have been able to take it much lower. In summer, the IX UQ packs smaller, and will work for temps of 50*F and above.

    Weight: 2.8 oz, without suspension, 3.6 oz with suspension
    Price: $40 for one, $55 for two (they are nestable), add $15 for a ripstop nylon outer shell

    Next, up are two similar IX UQ products. These will be full size. One will be made with the Kelli Wise pattern for a HH Asym UQ. The other will be symmetrical, for any gathered end hammock.

    I'm grateful to Gargoyle, who sent me the results of a darting project, just as I was about to dart this UQ. Gargoyle is going to take some of these UQs to the Hoosier Hang, to demonstrate them, then add them to the raffle! I'll do the same at MAHHA.

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    Very interesting! I was just thinking about the SS this AM after sleeping through a whopper of a storm last night. I'll report on the results of that later.
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    Very cool Mac! Are you going to bring one or one of each to the MAHHA, as I would really like to take a closer look at this!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cranky Bear View Post
    Are you going to bring one or one of each to the MAHHA...?
    One of each is the plan. Maybe some more new stuff for summer as well!

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    Turned out nice Mac, Very cool.
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    very cool

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    That sure wets my DIY whistle. Be anxious to receive that IX from you Mac. I am excited to be able to get rid of pads and sleeping bags this summer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by canoebie View Post
    ...anxious to receive that IX from you Mac.
    It's on the way! Should be there Monday or Tues.

    BTW, Gargoyle just pointed out something that I have been noodling as well... these simple IX UQs will nest, by lining up the grosgrain loops. Want a two layer summer UQ? Buy another one! I'll be glad to provide the second one at a discount.

    BTW2, I'm not making another IX insulated sock. I'll make non-insulated socks with SEEP, but it makes more sense to keep the IX UQ separate.

    - MacEntyre

    EDIT: I changed the price... instead of making a two layer UQ, you can order two for $50!
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    Ix Uq

    Nice Mac, if it can seal up well around the edges but still hangs loose under the hammock, then you got a winner. Lightweight and packs small and no condensation worries. (ala,down) Congrates,

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    interesting.. would the symmetrical double as a top quilt then?
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