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    Down TUQ (top- and underquilt)

    Finished my down quilt a while ago. It's a "convertible" which can be used as TQ and UQ. It's the same shape I've also used for my very first TQ shown in this thread.

    The quilt is 15% overstuffed and has 4 inch high baffles. Overall weight is around 900g (~ 32oz) with all cordage and cordlocks for both modes.

    I've sewn V-baffles (vs H-baffles) using 14 bridges out of mosquito-netting connecting both sides of the quilt -- they help minimizing cold-bridges and stabilizing the size of the baffles. V-baffles look like this:
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    |__\_ /___ \ _/ ___\ _/___ \_ /___ \__/___ \__/___ \__/__ |

    I've used following:

    • < 3m 1.1 oz calendared ripstop from backwoodsdaydreamer.com.
    • <1.5m 25g/m mosquito-netting from extremtextil.de.
    • ~ 21 oz 700 cuin down
    • 3m 3mm elastic cord
    • 1m 5mm elastic cord
    • several cordlocks and tankas
    • 2.5m 1.6mm dyneema
    • small pieces of 6mm wide grossgrain ribbon


    I've to say that Pertex Quantum really feels softer than regular calendared ripstop -- but it also costs much more and is somehow hard to get hands on. Anyone who knows a good and cheap source is welcome to let me know.

    Unlike my summer TQ I've added some small things:
    • 2 channels on the sides for the 3mm elastic cord. The cord is sewn onto the quilt in the head-area and secured with two small tankas in the bottom part of the quilt.
    • loops out of grossgrain ribbon in all four corners to attach the 5mm elastic cord when using as underquilt
    • several loops in the foot area (sides and bottom part) to be able to form a foot-box when using as topquilt


    The different settings are as follows:
    TQ:
    a) both corners (grossgrain ribbon loops) in head-area are connected with a slipknot.
    b) loops in bottom-part are connected together with cord to form a footbox
    c) length of dyneema in bottom-channel is minimized, the cord is looped through loops in the bottom part to fully close the footbox.
    d) elastic cord in side-channels can be shortened to help the quilt "embracing" you better
    e) dyneema in top-channel is adjusted to the length you still feel snug with around your neck using a minitanka.

    UQ:
    a) 2x 5mm elastic cord is connected with 2 prusiks on the ridgeline
    b) ... their ends are looped through both corners of the top- and bottom-part of the quilt and attached using cordlocks.
    c) prusiks are placed where needed, elastic cords are shortened (5mm attaching quilt to ridgeline and 3mm in side-channels) where needed to get the quilt closer to the hammock
    d) dyneema in top- and bottom-channels is shorted to not allow wind to get between hammock and quilt.

    Things I've learned and would do differently next time:
    - make bigger channels.
    - use smaller dyneema cord within channels
    - use wider webbing instead of small grossgrain ribbon to form loops in the 4 corners

    Last edited by trinni; 03-23-2011 at 12:11. Reason: added photos in UQ-mode

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    Wow, that looks like a really nice quilt. You really paid attention to the details! I hope you have many warm nites snuggled in that quilt.
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    Really liking your work Trinni, well done

    It looks like a great piece of kit. I like the V-baffles, a great touch. I'm going to use them on my next quilts.

    I don't know of anyone to get pertex quantum from other than extremtextil, but Fabrics n stuff carry different Pertex's at good prices and they post to europe from the UK. They have some 80g/sqm in at present.
    No connection, I'm just a happy customer.

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    POOFY!!

    Well done
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    That came out looking really nice, looks warm too. Good job.
    Good luck,
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    Please tell us about the insulation pad shown underneath.

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    Very nice job Trinni
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    Yikes, Trinni! These are superb!
    The design is obviously super efficient in Top Quilt mode with the wrap-around effect.
    And, even without pictures, I can see how you can easily attach it as an Under Quilt.

    Impressive design & workmanship!
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    Quote Originally Posted by turnerminator View Post
    Really liking your work Trinni, well done

    It looks like a great piece of kit. I like the V-baffles, a great touch. I'm going to use them on my next quilts.

    I don't know of anyone to get pertex quantum from other than extremtextil, but Fabrics n stuff carry different Pertex's at good prices and they post to europe from the UK. They have some 80g/sqm in at present.
    No connection, I'm just a happy customer.
    Thanks. I have no comparison to H-baffles at all since both of my quilts (till now) are V-baffles. In theory they're better than H-baffles because they're minimizing cold-bridges.

    Thanks for the reference to Fabrics n stuff -- I'll keep an eye on them. I've stumbled upon 50gsm Pertex on ebay but the vendor couldnt say whether it was Pertex Microlight or Classic -- anyhow, I am interested in Pertex Quantum since it's very lightweight and I have more than 10m of Scott's 1.1oz Ripstop (< 40g/m) in store which I'd prefer in case of fabrics with same or higher weight unless it's Pertex Quantum.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bomber View Post
    Very nice job Trinni
    I'm slowly getting prepared for a possible EU-HF-hang !

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