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    Rectangular vs fitted

    Paul

    Do you think that there would be any advantage in adding darts to help fit a rectangular quilt to a standard gathered end hammock?

    Or do you think it would just add complexity without any real payback?

    Thanks.

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    In case this seems unrelated to this forum, I ask here because of the New River line which is flat rectangular if I'm right. Thought experience with these would make for a well educated answer.

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    Morning jbo_c, I think that it may help to a degree. So far though I have found the the climashield I am using has a fair bit of flexibility and drapes very well. Adding some darts would not hurt anything but would add a good bit more time to making a quilt. Some quilts just take more time than others and that's a big part of the range of cost that we all see in different quilts. Down quilts take a lot more labor, that is a bigger difference than the actual cost of materials. For a DIY project darts would not be a bad thing to consider, for me trying to keep things as reasonably priced as possible for folks it would raise the cost some, how much is hard to say without making a couple quilts and seeing how much more time it would add to each quilt.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jbo_c View Post
    In case this seems unrelated to this forum, I ask here because of the New River line which is flat rectangular if I'm right. Thought experience with these would make for a well educated answer.

    Jbo

    Thats what I figured you were referring to.
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    I own a New River and I honestly don't see a need for it to be fitted. The gathered end method has worked very well for me in a 3 season camping schedule. Unless I was getting into an extreme cold situation where minimizing the amount of space to heat and minimizing heat loss is more necessary I don't think I would buy a fitted quilt. The option to flatten the New River out and use it as a top quilt is much more valuable to me. Just my opinion, YMMV.

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    That as well is a good point Cavscout. The other thing that you have as an option with the current design is the ability to vent the quilt, head or foot or both without loosening the suspension. On a full length quilt like the NR loosening the quilt suspension will allow a lot of sag in the quilt, but loosening the end gathers will allow for venting on warm nights when you may not want max warmth from the quilt. Darts in the end would change that ability.
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    Good points.

    I'm really going back and forth on this line of thought.

    Cav, how cold have you had yours?

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    Into the mid to high 40's with light wind. I was wearing some thin sweats and used a double layer poncho liner for a top quilt. Snug as a bug in a rug.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cavscout View Post
    Into the mid to high 40's with light wind. I was wearing some thin sweats and used a double layer poncho liner for a top quilt. Snug as a bug in a rug.
    High 30's, here...UA longies and sweats.
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    I wonder if maybe for a cold weather option the darts would be worth the effort but for 3 season use maybe not a real payback.

    Jbo

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