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    How cold can a Garlington Insulator go?

    Hi All,

    I was looking around and saw a number of threads coming up about the Garlington Insulator (details here), but I didn't find any real test results. One thread indicated that it went down to 50F, but that isn't really pushing the limits. Anybody try this in truly cold weather?

    I'm waiting for my EE underquilt to arrive, and the waiting is killing me!


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    Senior Member Risk's Avatar
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    DIY 4x9 1.1 oz ripstop (5.3 oz)
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    The Garlington taco shell insulator by Ray Garlington was a step in the direction of both underquilts and socks. It can be used to keep something that is insulating under you when properly adjusted. It worked particularly well to keep a fluffy coat up next to my back. Unfortunately, wind would easily get inside the insulator and blow away all the accumulated warmth. That was the reason that I started down the line of an enclosed TravelPod which shed wind from every direction. That idea has been enlarged and improved with the present day winter socks.

    If I was impatient to be hanging in the cold, I'd build a winter sock and sleep on pads while awaiting an underquilt. The sock is going to be very useful with the underquilt and is a fairly simple, inexpensive sewing project that I finished in an evening. <$25 for 6 yds of 48" ripstop and a 5 foot #3 zipper.

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