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    IX UQ performance on SnowWhite's thru-hike

    SnowWhite sent me a PM to let me know that her IX UQ for the Warbonnet Blackbird is working well! She told me it would be ok to post it here.

    Quote Originally Posted by SnowWhite
    Macentyre, I'm really loving this UQ! It's ranging from 38 to 62 degrees I think roughly. I'm amazed that I've never had any cold spots. ...I have yet to get warm enough to lose a layer, I might just try it tonight with one layer. I will also get an accurate list of the lows this week and experiment with layers. I will write something up and send it to you ... Thanks again MacEntyre, awesome quilt!
    She did have one tiny problem:

    Quote Originally Posted by SnowWhite
    The one problem and I can't really call it a real problem is the strings attached to the two layers keep coming off. Like I said not really a problem...
    I recommended changing the mason's cord ties for small gauge shock cord, which she did with good results.

    Thank you, SnowWhite!

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    How does the nesting layers work? I haven't used an underquilt yet so this is probably a totaly newbie question. I understand how a differential cut works to avoid compressing the insulation. The upper layer lays flat against the hammock and the longer width of the lower layer creates the air pocket. But if you layed additional insulation above the top layer wouldn't it get compressed? If you hung it loose to compensate, wouldn't you be prone to air gaps? Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hokie Hanger View Post
    if you layered additional insulation above the top layer wouldn't it get compressed? If you hung it loose to compensate, wouldn't you be prone to air gaps?
    With IX, the edges of the UQ are configured to be tight against the hammock, while the bottom is loose.

    It's made with large darts, to cup the edges and keep the belly full. It's so thin, there's plenty of room to nest additional layers. It's so light, it does not compress the layer below.

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    Where can I find the price and what degrees they can go down to?

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    Prices are five posts up from here, #30.

    One layer of IX will get you to about 45*F, two will get you to freezing, unless you are a really cold sleeper.

    I used four or five layers of IX under me at 8*F on Mt. Rogers last January.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MacEntyre View Post
    Prices are five posts up from here, #30.

    One layer of IX will get you to about 45*F, two will get you to freezing, unless you are a really cold sleeper.

    I used four or five layers of IX under me at 8*F on Mt. Rogers last January.

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    Oh my bad I guess I need to look closer. Thanks for the temps.

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    Could you combine a layer or two of IX in combo with say, a summer UQ to get you to 4 season temps?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mak52580 View Post
    Could you combine a layer or two of IX in combo with say, a summer UQ to get you to 4 season temps?
    Certainly!

    That's what the IX Inserts are for...
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    Down UQ vs. IX UQ

    Hey all,

    I'm in the market for a new UQ for my BB 1.1DBL. Haven't been around HF lately (thesis/job interviews) but I'm hearing good things about the IX setups. Is this simply a cheaper option to the down UQ's or is it a cut above? I'm looking at the Yeti and have the money for it but I want to make sure it's the right move of course...

    cheers,
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    I'm in!

    I just ordered an IX underquilt with an insert from MacEntyre.

    I gotta sleep in my sleeping bag cause I toss & turn all night.
    So UQ's & top quilts never fit the bill for me.
    Can't wait to try them out.
    Thanx Mac.
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