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    Yet another Underquilt thread, sorry

    Following my first hang ( which was amazing! ) I'm thinking of adding an underquilt into the equation. I'm thinking in terms of lightweightness and compressability to keep the packsize down, however I'm keen to avoid Down due to the whole wetness thing. Could anyone tell me which, in their opinion, are the best synthetic quilts, in terms of size-to-warmth ratio?

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    There is really only 2 synthetic manufactors out there. Warbonnet and KAQ. Warbonnet has a nice half length one. I have it, just hadn't had the chance to fully test it yet.
    Is that too much to ask? Girls with frikkin' lasers on their heads?
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    Scratch that, Coffee. Brandon hasn't been making the synthetic Warbonnet in quite some time. All the newer Yeti's are made from down.
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    Quote Originally Posted by IanBristol View Post
    Following my first hang ( which was amazing! ) I'm thinking of adding an underquilt into the equation. I'm thinking in terms of lightweightness and compressability to keep the packsize down, however I'm keen to avoid Down due to the whole wetness thing. Could anyone tell me which, in their opinion, are the best synthetic quilts, in terms of size-to-warmth ratio?

    Thanks,

    Ian
    Is there info here somewhere that lists things like:
    weight, how small it compresses, warmth, (or temp ratings)
    for synthetic quilts???
    Thanks, TinaLouise

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    Quote Originally Posted by IanBristol View Post
    Following my first hang ( which was amazing! ) I'm thinking of adding an underquilt into the equation. I'm thinking in terms of lightweightness and compressability to keep the packsize down, however I'm keen to avoid Down due to the whole wetness thing. Could anyone tell me which, in their opinion, are the best synthetic quilts, in terms of size-to-warmth ratio?

    Thanks,

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    I don't know how your DIY skills are, but a synthetic quilt made from Climashield insulation is a very good option (compressible, cheaper, easy to work with).
    Climashield (for now) can be had a thruhiker.com
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    Quote Originally Posted by angrysparrow View Post
    Scratch that, Coffee. Brandon hasn't been making the synthetic Warbonnet in quite some time. All the newer Yeti's are made from down.
    Hmm, shows you how in the loop I am.......

    Now I have a collecters item, even better.
    Is that too much to ask? Girls with frikkin' lasers on their heads?
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    Quote Originally Posted by angrysparrow View Post
    Scratch that, Coffee. Brandon hasn't been making the synthetic Warbonnet in quite some time. All the newer Yeti's are made from down.
    I think he stopped making them because the climashield appeared to be drying up due to the manufacturers' financial problems. Those have been rectified and Thruhiker has it in stock. I'm guessing he hasn't made them due to hammock demand. I have one of the synthetic models and, like Coffee, haven't been able to wring it out but it is an absolutely ingenious design. The fact that you can add and remove layer of insulation makes it extremely versatile, IMO.

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    I agree, it's a fantastic design. The post I replied to wasn't about the design, though, only availability.
    I think that when the lies are all told and forgot the truth will be there yet. It dont move about from place to place and it dont change from time to time. You cant corrupt it any more than you can salt salt. - Cormac McCarthy

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    Quote Originally Posted by angrysparrow View Post
    Scratch that, Coffee. Brandon hasn't been making the synthetic Warbonnet in quite some time. All the newer Yeti's are made from down.
    Right, I think I got the last one.
    For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us....that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now.
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    I think it would be just as miserable to have a wet synthetic - the Ray Way I have would turn into a sopping mess weighing a ton. Maybe it would keep me alive when wet, but maybe I would wrap up in a mylar blanket instead - might be less damp.

    I'm just curious - what do you think a synthetic underquilt does for you when it's wet and sagging away from the bottom of the hammock on shock cords? Wouldn't the wet material be heavier and harder to adjust up? Has anyone actually had a wet underquilt?

    I was reading a thread elsewhere where someone was wanting a good synthetic bag he would be able to launder while thru hiking - he didn't want down because he thought he couldn't get it wet. I'm a little boggled by the ideas people get. Wouldn't there be a dryer in the laundromat too?

    In the environments I frequent it doesn't get humid 24/7, doesn't rain for weeks on end, and I have yet to fall into water. I have heard of people using down in wet environments successfully, probably with specific precautions but still. I don't see any reason to have one or the other specifically in places like the Sierras.

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