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    Member phatpacker's Avatar
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    under quilt dirt cheap

    Has anybody tried bungy cords at the head and feet a sleeping bag for an underquilt

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    Hi, welcome to the forum. If you use the search function you will find many posts about turning a sleeping bag into an UQ. Some people have had great success with it, if I were you I would go ahead and try it out.

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    my first underquilt was using a Golite synthetic topquilt...it was far better than a thermarest or close cell foam pad inside; but the synthetic didn't compress like down and as soon as the Jacks brought out the Next there was no turning back. But the modded golite kept me warm for quite a while.

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    It was easy, give it a try. I have a NX-250 and wanted a UQ but need to get some cash first soooo I made one. First off I put my son to work as a hammock hangee so I could get some measurements. I then transposed the measurements to a 20* bag and cut it to a ruff shape. Then I sewed this shape up tight I got some double faced tape at Joanns. After this I trimmed the edges clean. Next I then added two darts one on each side. I drew them out and cut first, taped and then sewed them. The darts along with the taper hold the shape I wanted well. With this done I placed a channel along both sides using 2" poly webbing and added some elastic to the top and bottom hems. Just have to add some shock cord and was done. I was good to the low teens with hi winds to boot. I also made a TQ like the 3 season burrow, love it no pads required. I have pics in the gallery, sort of step by step, sort of.
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    Width

    Make sure it is wide enough. I cut a sleeping in half and it ended up being only 36" wide. You really want a width of at least 40"-52". Trust me those 4" make a huge difference. I just cut one side, sewed it up, ran shock cord through the channels on the ends(most sleeping bags have them), created a loop, and I attached it with a carabiner. Had I made it wide enough I would still be using it.
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    I am thinking about cutting a whole in the bottom of my bag and installing a draw cor to sinch the foot box then sewing two tabs arround the top of the bag for suspesion and to adjust the air space below me kinf of a pea pod sorta thing think it will work my wife would kill me if she knew I was considering something other than the brand new huba huba that she gave me last christmass but the draw to the trees has been strong for a while. Last June I hung without a pad or underquilt and woke of freezing but not stiff I am looking for a way to try it out without bearing the huge expense If it does not work out

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    Check out these pix. I did exactly what you describe above... draw string footbox and suspension tabs at the head end.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Redoleary View Post
    Check out these pix. I did exactly what you describe above... draw string footbox and suspension tabs at the head end.
    nice!

    I was thinking about doing basically the same thing with my LaFuma 40* bag.
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    I started a simialar thread myself last month.
    http://www.hammockforums.net/forum/s...ad.php?t=31055

    HF member rjcress provided this http://gear-report.com/how-to-make-a...-sleeping-bag/ which will be my next project once my bug net is done.
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    Hi Guys
    I made 2 UQ from 2 Sleeping bags.
    I sewed some 40mm webbing over the zips on both side to create a channel for some cord and then sewed a secondery hem along the top and bottom for some bungee cord, and gathered the ends.
    The cord is tied to a small carribiner at each end this just attaches to my biner on my hammock and the bungee cord just ties round the head and foot of the hammock.
    Ive used this in temps down to -3deg C and with a pad was plenty warm enough.
    There is plenty of sag under the hammock but with the biners attached above the head and foot on the hammock biners the side of the UQ come up above the sides of the hammock giving even more insulation from wind. It also give you somewhere to store your clothes that isn't damp from the night air and adds to the insulation.
    I'll try and get some pictures next time I'm out but as the weather is getting warmer I might not require them.
    Cheers

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