Just what I was looking for. Do you think this would work with a Warbonnet Blackbird?
How would a layer of this work to augment a HHSS foam pad?
If it weren't for physics and law enforcement, I'd be unstoppable.
Does anyone have a temp rating for this setup.... What are the advantages and disadvantages versus a down UQ.... I'm planning on making an UQ this winter and wondering which direction to go....
This looks very simple to make which is a huge plus....
In his instructions, Sclittlefield states an IX quilt w/ 3 layers should be good to below freezing for most.
Is it really necessary to use 3 layers? or will just one do ya? I been thinking real serious about using insultex, since it's promoted as being God's gift to hammockers. I figured on IX, and then have an outer layer of camo nylon, but the no. of layers of IX is a big question. I'm not wanting to go below zero, just down to freezing. Anyone have experience with this wonder fabric? Time for a sales pitch here.
IX is not much more than a good vapor barrier, but the pin-hole quilting gives a moderate amount of breathability. I think my IX UQ has 2 layers and it has been good to low 50s, maybe upper 40s.
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I have a down "throw" or whatever ya call it for couch-warmer-watching-tv blanket. Maybe that would do. If it were cut down to "looks about right" size and an outer layer of camo nylon sewn on to build a UQ outa. Still scheming an' dreaming. Insultex has me intrigued, tho.
I was in the Sipsey a couple of weeks ago and the low was mid to high 40s. Plus, about 0400 the wind really picked up and I did not get much wind block from my HH tarp. Basically, I made it through just warm enough, but not toasty. Some time during the night ( also maybe ~ 0400? ) I realized I was definitely going to make it, but decided to add my CCF torso pad, just for luxury warmth, which it provided.
This weekend ( Oct, 22/23 ) at fall Creek Falls,TN the temp fell to 39F. Most of the night I was OK, but near dawn I was not quite warm enough. I could have made it, I did not shiver and was def able to sleep, but I was in no way "toasty" most of the night. Once again, about 0430 or so I decided to add my pad. For some reason, I was still not toasty warm, just barely OK.
I am going to keep experimenting, but as of right now I would not choose just 2 layers of IX if I knew lows were going to be below 45, though I have pushed it a little beyond that without being too uncomfortable.
Two things to consider in the above testing. This UQ was designed specifically for a HH Explorer. I used it on a Claytor No Net both times in case I needed to add my torso pad. It fits me better on the HH, and thus might be a tad warmer on the HH. ( plus, I am looking forward to trying it as HH OCF pad augmentation/replacement)
Second, mine has no shell at all. A shell might add a few degrees, and more than a few if there is an inner shell providing more of a differential cut and preventing the IX from being pulled tight against you. Or, maybe not.
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