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    DIY TQ and UQ ideas and questions

    Iíve got some ideas and questions on diy UQs and TQs. My first idea is for a modular UQ. Iím thinking about a ripstop nylon outer and a fleece inner, just basically a two-sided blanket, darted at the ends, of course, to help with hammock conformity. The fleece would have an overlapping slit, maybe with Velcro or something, that would allow me to put in extra insulation. Thatís where my first question comes in. What kind of insulation options do I have? Iíve thought about either making some down pillows or purchasing some that I put into the UQ. Also, Iíve thought about using batting or other synthetics. The benefit Iím seeing here is that I can have a thin UQ for warmer weather, just to keep the morning chill away, or I can load it with the pillows for something compressible but lofty and warm for the colder times of the year.

    My second question concerning UQs is if I had a WBBB could I just stuff the pillows in between the layers where a pad would usually go or would it compress the down when I got in it?

    My TQ idea isnít quite so modular. Currently my sleeping bag works well for lower temps, so Iím looking at something for the warmer temps. Iíve seen talk about the silk liners being used as TQs. Iíve thought about that but also thought it might not be warm enough. So my idea is to make a TQ with a fleece outer and silk inner. My question here is what kind of temps have people used just the silk liner for and would my idea be too hot for temps like high 60s to low 70s?
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    Fleece does not pack well. imo.
    Bulky, but if it works for you, go for it.

    Putting in slits and velcro options seems confusing to me. A good uq can be adjusted closer or looser to the hammock to regulate temps. Or if your too warm just slide the uq off to the side.

    But fleece can work and has for many. Pics or it didnt happen.
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    Hmmm, interesting idea! You could probably even mock this up with a kid's fleece sleeping bag to see how much insulation you can/should put in the middle of it.

    As far as pillows between the layers of the WBBB, you are correct: the layers do not separate far enough to let items between them remain uncompressed. (Thus, the need for a separately-hung UQ.) CCF pads work well between the hammock layers.

    Let us know how it turns out!

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