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    Field Test: Climashield XP Multi-quilt

    Actually, here are the results of my weekend backyard test...

    Top loading hammock, Homemade Climashield XP "multi" quilt as underquilt (w/approx. 1" of loft), JRB Stealth quilt as top quilt, Sock/Pod closed. BlackCat tarp deployed low, but not in full winter mode.

    Temps went down to 35F, weather was clear, w/light but persistent wind, most of which was blocked by the Sock/Pod.

    Wearing: Polyester hat, 2 Nike Drifit shirts (neither long sleeved), Sport Hill long running pants, no socks.

    Expected results? To be comfortable at the 38F temps expected.

    Results: I made it through the night, but I'm not sure I could have if I hadn't been in the SockPod and if I hadn't packed a down vest in a pillowcase as a pillow.

    I woke up around 1:30am, and found I was pressing the underquilt down with my right foot, resulting in a cold spot, readjusted, went back to sleep. So far so good.

    I woke up around 5:00am and was chilly underneath. I checked and re-checked the underquilt to make sure it wasn't being compressed by the sockpod, all things checked out ok. After about a half hour of still being chilled, I pulled out my down vest and put it on. I was still cool underneath (due to compression of the down underneath me), but was able to sleep.

    I woke up around 7:00am very chilled (shiver). I was able to stick it out for about a half an hour, but had run out of other options and so I went ahead and got up. I went in the house, the outside thermometer registered 35F.

    I could have been warm enough if I had worn more clothing, but if I had not had the sockpod, I would have been back to being cold. It really blocked a good chunk of the wind.

    My conclusion: As an underquilt, this quilt's comfort limit is around 38F. More loft or more layers would take it down some.

    Next test of the quilt is to repeat the test while using it as a top quilt, which is what I originally intended it for (or as a layering for an underquilt).

    I believe this quilt would work fine at lower than 35F as a top quilt. By the way, I was never cold up top with the Stealth quilt, which is rated to around 40F, even with being slightly underdressed.

    Hope this helps someone out there...


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    Good report! I am surprised that you made it to 35*, to at least 5am without major chilling, with only 1" of loft. Or, as you said, probably OK to 38*, at least under calm, dry conditions. My friend's new 1.5" loft PeaPod is only rated to 55*. This speaks highly of CSXP, and may add info to answer the question of whether loft and warmth are directly comparable between synthetic and down.
    Last edited by BillyBob58; 11-26-2007 at 13:38.

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    Thanks for the report, that helps a lot in evaluating the XP.

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    yep, good report. thanks patrick.
    i may be using some of the xp for a future project.
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    Thanks for the report. I'm will make an under quilt for the bridge hammock. I have not ordered the insulation yet. I have not decided how much loft I need and what kind to order. Your report helps a great deal.

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    Ok last report on this multi-quilt... slept in the backyard last Saturday in 28F, light breeze. I was wearing 3 drifit shirts (long sleeve, sleeveless, and short sleeve) and a fleece vest. Running pants and some zip-off hiking pants. Hat. Socks.

    BlackCat tarp rigged in winter mode, staked directly to the ground. I used my KickAss Potomac underquilt with the JRB Stealth underquilt as an inner layer, Sock/Pod zipped closed. Multi-Quilt was my top quilt.

    I slept like a baby. I woke up once or twice, but was warm so I went on back to sleep. I got chilly once, and realized that a breeze was blowing into the hole left in the footbox, since I didn't cinch it completely closed. I stuck my foot there to block the heat loss, and warmed back up. When I woke up for good (neighbor started his leaf-blower at 8:00am). I felt that satisfaction that you get when you've made something yourself that worked exactly as you needed it to. Very nice.


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    Great report. I'm glad the quilt worked out so well.
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    Very interesting, I was thinking of making a multi quilt with one 5oz layer like that to go with my Exped PL Wallcreeper. That bag also has about one inch of loft (each side).

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    Sounds good. My only concern with the thicker Climashield was the bulk... but for more warmth it would be worth it.


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    glad you stayed warm. I'm a fan of warm, I am.

    What would you add, to take you down to, say, 10 degrees F ?

    Grizz

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