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    Senior Member Preacha Man's Avatar
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    Climashield XP Hammock and Top Quilt?

    http://www.thru-hiker.com/insulation.html

    I found this link at thru-hiker and wondered how it might turn out making a insulated hammock. I thought about 2 yards of the 5.0 oz on bottom, and then making the top quilt maybe 48" X 2 yards. The top quilt I would tack quilt so not to compress, but the bottom of the hammock I would only sew the ends with a #9 needle, and put the backstiches on the unused sides. Another thought might to use crossgrain. At first I was worried that the bottom might bunch up on the ends but my hammocks are usually 10.5' and I don't think the bunching would be a problem after I stretched out.

    Has anyone used Climashield before? Is there any flaws in my plan? I thought this would be a lot easier to work with than down, and $56 for 4 yards isn't bad either.
    Last edited by Preacha Man; 08-16-2007 at 00:30.
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    i haven't used the climashield yet but i have made an insulated hammock w/ polaguard.
    it works great, just more bulk & weight than i'd like.
    next one i wont go so far toward the ends w/ the insulation.
    more later... late for work. ...tim
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    I used two layers of Climashield (from Thru-hiker) for my underquilt. I used the old KAQ design. It's easy to work with and kept me warm to 19 degrees in the Adirondacks. I have a HH BULA and used an EMS 20 degree bag as a quilt.

    The Climashield has a "grain" to it and it and it can only really bunch up in the length direction. The fibers go completely across the width. So be careful not to pull it when laying it out. I did tack the whole thing per the directions, using a jig so as not to compress the loft. My thought is that it's better to tack it more, because you can't do it after the problem occurs.

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    mr. dribbles -
    what weight of Climashield did you use to get the 19 degree performance? Inquiring minds want to know.
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    I haven't made it yet, but I plan on using Climashield for my quilt. Between being unable to decide what weight insulation to use and classes starting soon, I won't be able to start until winter break. So, I will be interested in your experience with it.
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    Fishbone- it was Climashield XP. To be honest, I tried to figure out the CLO system (and there are some great explanations on this and other forums), but just decided based on weight and cost as much as warmth.

    The system I used was the underquilt, a 27 inch CCF pad from Target, the EMS Mountainlight 20, and midweight Bergaline long undies with a nylon sport pant and shirt over. I should add that I don't use the hammock tie outs for cold weather so the sides are closer to me. I only use the sleeping bag as a quilt, unzipped all the way. If it matters, I am a "cold sleeper".

    If everything was adjusted well, I probably could have skipped the foam pad, but the hammock is so comfortable I didn't want to get out and take out the pad in the interest of science.

    FWIW- AYCE at ThruHike was great to work with and had some good advice.

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    Sorry- I think I got the answer wrong because I didn't read the question.

    I used two layers of the Climashield XP on top of each other.

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    Senior Member FishBone's Avatar
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    Thanks, mr. dribbles. I appreciated both answers. Your system is impressive. I'm considering making either a top or bottom quilt or both to get comfortable in my HH UlBA into the 20's and 30's. Happy Hangin'
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    Quote Originally Posted by mr. dribbles View Post
    Sorry- I think I got the answer wrong because I didn't read the question.

    I used two layers of the Climashield XP on top of each other.
    The more that I look at it I will go with two layers on bottom. One layer of 5.0 oz and the second will be the lighter version. Both together should give me a Clo of around 6. The top quilt will be a single layer of the 5.0 oz, and it has a Clo of 4.1 (I think).

    This set up should keep me fairly warm (I am hoping mid 20's at least).
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    Do you folks have some plans to go by for the quilts, or are you just playing it by ear?

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