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    Newb DIY TQ/UQ Question

    I've done some basic DIY projects in the last year, including building my own bridge hammock. I'm looking to do my own down TQ and UQ now, and I've got a couple of questions, mostly to do with baffle design.

    I plan on using at least 700fp down, and I'm wondering if long, tubular baffles will work, or if the down will tend to shift and leave cold spots? I was planning on breaking each baffle into a few shorter compartments to prevent it from shifting too radically, but that adds a lot of complexity to the sewing. If the baffles are nice and skinny and well stuffed, how likely is the down to go wandering?

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    Check out this sticky in the Top Insulation forum for some ideas. Hope this helps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frost View Post
    I've done some basic DIY projects in the last year, including building my own bridge hammock. I'm looking to do my own down TQ and UQ now, and I've got a couple of questions, mostly to do with baffle design.

    I plan on using at least 700fp down, and I'm wondering if long, tubular baffles will work, or if the down will tend to shift and leave cold spots? I was planning on breaking each baffle into a few shorter compartments to prevent it from shifting too radically, but that adds a lot of complexity to the sewing. If the baffles are nice and skinny and well stuffed, how likely is the down to go wandering?

    Thanks!
    Frost
    For the TQ I'd either go with side to side baffles (like the link above) or do a search on Karo step quilts to see another option.

    For the UQ, end to end (lengthwise) is common, but some have done Karo UQ's as well.

    Down seems to wander a little bit IME due to getting stuffed. Usually a fluffing evens it out pretty well. Personally I wouldn't go with a much smaller chamber width than ~ 5", but you could go with whatever size you felt appropriate. In theory I wouldn't imagine 5 1" chambers would be much different than 1 5" chamber when properly filled, in relation to shifting.
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