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    Fleece TQ

    I have a bicycle trip coming up soon and I am in the process of making a 2 layered fleece topquilt. I will have the ability to put "other" insulation between the layers. The "other" insulation could be anything from a space blanket to clothing im not wearing. I have not the money for down and fleece is cheap soft and warm. So my question to those who know is..... Just how low of temps do you think 2 layers of fleece will get you? The lows for the nights should be around the mid 40's which is a lot warmer than I have ever hammock camped. I have no concerns with my bottom insulation. My pad is tried and true.
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    I would think that maybe the best route would be to put some light weight nylon on the outside to act as a wind block. For me the chief downfall of fleece is its lack of windproofness (is that a word?) and of course the bulk . You could also throw a layer of insultex in between the layers too.
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    Try a layer ( or 2 ) of the thin foam used to wrap electronics.


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    My first TQ's were a double layer of fleece and they kept me warm down to 32*F on my first outting. I also had on midweight polypro's. My current system is an inner layer of fleece, 2nd layer a polyester DIY quilt and an outer layer of nylon as a windbreak on top. This was good down into the mid 20's last Jan. at the 2nd FL Hang also wearing polypro's.
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    I like the feel of fleece too. Really seems to warm up fast, when used as an inner liner. Outside of bulk, with the ability to adjust insulation(cloths, insultex, additional layers) 40's should be possible. Be sure to add the piece of outer shell nylon, topside, as stated above, to keep the wind out and the warm in.

    Fleece usually dries not super, but fairly easily in the field. major drawback is it's a leaf, twig, and practically anything else it touches, mega magnet. I use it in the back yard, but not in on the trail.
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    i have been useing a double layer fleece tq for about two years.with light cloths i have slept comfy to 32 deg many times.i also made mine so i could add more insulation inside.sometimes i put a down vest or a wool flannel in there.last winter my main top quilt was my fleece one.i just piled my coat,down vest and anything else i was not wearing on top of it.my hammock also has a zip closeable weathershield which helps cut the wind.i slept down to -4degf useing it like this.
    if i make another i will use a different color on the inside as it can be hard to tell which is which when its tangled in a ball after a mid night return from remarking your teritory.i am also thinking of lineing the footbox area with nylon so my feet slide in easier when it is tangled.
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    Thanks for the tips and the encouraging temps you guys have used fleece at. Not 100% sure nylon will be in the budget. Fortunately there are plenty of cheap alternatives to nylon as a wind break. I have some fleece left over and so I am considering booties and wristies. Thanks again for the responses.
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    I've been using a Fleece Swiss Army Mummy Bag Liner as a TQ sine mid-February here in TX. I've switched back and forth between a DIY UQ made from a North Face mummy bag and a PLUQ wihtout any problems in temps fro the low 40's to mid 60's. You can get two for $20.00 on Ebay

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    Quote Originally Posted by RePete View Post
    Not 100% sure nylon will be in the budget.
    what sort of budget are we talking? basic ripstop nylon is pretty cheap even locally.

    Or, you could use trashbags or an emergency blanket if you don't mind the vapor barrier part.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RePete View Post
    Thanks for the tips and the encouraging temps you guys have used fleece at. Not 100% sure nylon will be in the budget. Fortunately there are plenty of cheap alternatives to nylon as a wind break. I have some fleece left over and so I am considering booties and wristies. Thanks again for the responses.
    Hit the local Walmarts for the $1 or $1.50/yd bin. You only need a couple of yards. Nylon would be best but the rayon suite lining they also have would work as a wind block. I would use buttons on the main fleece layer to anchor and button holes in the wind cover. That way you can change it or remove it if that seems necessary.

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