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    Velcro UQ

    Has anyone ever tried to use velcro to hold an UQ in place. I was thinking of useing strips longways under the hammock to hold the UQ in place but I didn't know if it had been tried and faild or what?
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    I've been curious as well. I have an old sleeping bag I was going to convert to an UQ. I don't see why it wouldn't work. Seems like it would be more comfortable than the shock cord.

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    I put 1/2 in velcro around the edges of my quilt and then my HH when i tried it in the back yard. it did ok at first but by the end of the night the sholder area had come loose. After several tries I ended up taking the velcro off. I think that if you put a wide enough velcro that would stay in place it would be easer and lighter to just use shock cord, whish is what I ended up with. PS Its not easy to take the velcro off eather.

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    If you dont think Velcro would be strong enough for what you want maybe a zipper would be the answer. Once you zip the UQ in place it would definitely stay in place. I think the biggest issues would be weight if you care about that sort of thing and possibly getting the UQ to tight and compressing your insulation. You could sew extra material to each side of your UQ to allow more sag if needed or if it is a new diy project just make it wide enough to insure a proper fit. Would love to hear about it if anyone decides to try a zipper.
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    There are different types of hook and loop fasteners, some stronger than others. 3M's "dual lock" fasteners have good reviews but are quite spendy as hook and loop fasteners go.


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    Here's a good little article about hook and loop fasteners.

    http://will.mylanders.com/mc/notes/read.pl?file=288

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    Just guessing, here, but I imagine the hammock, which bears your weight, and the uq, which does not, are stretching at different rates in different places. Also, most hammocks are wider than most quilts, and that is probably a contributing factor.

    I'm not sure, because I've not seen one in person, but I think the Speer Snugfit attaches to the Speer hammock with velcro. If that's the case, maybe someone with first hand experience will chime in, and explain how Ed did it.
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    I think Old Gringo is 100% correct.

    If you set up the hammock/UQ combo and then tension the hammock with your body weight something will have to give. Luckily for you the Velcro acted as a weak link.

    I think is is hard to beat shock cord for UQ attachment. Adjustable, has "give", is adjustable, is simple and is also adjustable. Did I mention adjustable? If you need to vent due to being too warm, just lengthen the shock cord (assuming you equipped the suspension with a cord-lock) and the resulting gap cools you down.

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    I think the tension issue can be overcome fairly easily. In another thread which I am to lazy to look up the person made their UQ custom fit by having someone lay in the hammock while they draped the material under the hammock for a perfect fit. This could easily be done when trying to fit it for velcro or whatever attachment you are wanting to use. With some creativity you can figure out an easy way to vent it such as peeling back a little of the velcro. Adjustment should not be a major issue as we are not talking about a 3/4 quilt but a full length quilt.
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