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    Remember the Monkies? Well I'm a believer!

    I kept asking what is this Insultex stuff? Took the gamble, and this weekend used Mac's MacIX while paddle camping in the Smoky's.
    Let me preface by saying I'm a COLD sleeper. The first night I fell asleep and slept soundly with only the single layer MacIX under me. I slept until 0400 and woke up a bit chilly-not cold but feeling the differential. It was 46F and I added a second layer under my torso. The second night I fully deployed the hammock sock from HF member Unsponsored but the second night was much warmer and I slept until the storm hit in only my camp cloths (thermawrap pants, fleece top) with the MacIX below.
    The MacIX delivered to me weighs 4.4 ounces! As delivered to me it is the perfect summer UQ, with a second layer of Insultex I can see spring and fall added in, a 3rd layer and down will get a run for the money
    For paddle camping the synthetic nature speaks for itself.
    I def. think Mac has got something here.
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    Thanks for the review. I let Mac know that an order is coming with my next paycheck!

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    MacIxQuilt is really something.
    I an looking forward to seeing how this all turns out.
    I think it will surpass my expectations.

    Good vid of your trip

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    How are these quilts at compressibility compared with a down quilt with similar temperature ratings?

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    I can't speak from personal experience by holding one in my hand, but I saw one at hot springs this past weekend. From the looks of it, a single layer packs down small. I've been talking to Mac about maybe making a modular system for my BMBH and he says 1 layer would pack down to about a liter for a full-length bridge UQ.
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    I'm looking forward to getting out and using mine. I only hope it works
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    Quote Originally Posted by MAD777 View Post
    How are these quilts at compressibility compared with a down quilt with similar temperature ratings?
    I don't have any temperature rating for Insultex, but here are my Bridge under quilts and top quilts, down and Insultex for comparison. The Insultex quilts are 3 layer and the down uses Ed's 900 fp and have 5" to 5.5" of loft. All in same size JRB stuff sacks.



    I used shell fabric on both sides of the Insultex. If made like Mac is doing without the shell, it would pack down even smaller and be lighter.
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    Thank you for the kind words, MedicineMan! I'm glad it worked for you.

    Folks, he's not kidding when he says he's a cold sleeper. At UWharrie, he must have had double the clothes and insulation of the next coldest sleeper there. Still, the IX that he used is the same amount that I have used in those temps.

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    Awesome! Thanks for the report. I can't wait to get mine!!

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    Roger that! I am eagerly anticipating the arrival of mine. I am also a very cold sleeper, and Mac's IX UC promises to be a big help.
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