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    Building a IX Underquilt...

    I'm about to build a IX underquilt for 40 deg. How many layers? I am going to back the outer layer with some breathable ripstop.

    Might also be adding the option to add a layer or two inside to boost the temp rating while hammocking in lower temps. Thoughts or ideas?

    I also had the idea of building a one-two layer IX quilt WITHOUT a breathable ripstop shell BUT using a SEPERATE breathable shell layer under the IX underquilt. Thoughts or ideas?

    Thanks for the help. On the surface I was going to use a two layer IX underquilt with a breathable ripstop nylon layer on the outside, under the IX. I just want to make sure this is my best option. Coldest I go in hammock is 40 deg usually. I would like option to go lower, if possible... but ultra light and simple are highest priority since 40 deg plus is my usual temp range.

    Thanks for the help!
    DHT

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    I think that most people are finding that 2 layers of IX are getting them down to 40 or so. I would use 3 layers just to be safe but that's just me. YMMV

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    Three layers will get a warm sleeper to freezing, and a cold sleeper into the 40s.

    Four layers will get a warm sleeper below freezing, and a cold sleeper into the 30s.
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    Mac - Where would 5 layers take you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by GvilleDave View Post
    Mac - Where would 5 layers take you?
    I had 5 layers under me last January at Mt Rogers... got to 8*F according to one thermometer!

    One of those layers was a MMG IX Hammock Sock. I used a Wiggy's poncho liner and IX on top as well... filled up the inner space of the sock with three yards of IX all fluffed up. There was only a little air space left at the head end. I was toasty!

    Next question will be, "How much condensation did you get?" There was a bit of frost inside the sock from my breath, but nothing underneath me.

    Lately, I've tried nesting two Molly Mac Gear Baby Orca 3/4 IX UQs, for a total of six layers, and found that it is very warm in the 20sF.
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    hopw many layers would you need for -26.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wildcrafter View Post
    hopw many layers would you need for -26.
    I have no idea!

    It's not supposed to get much below zero when we hang in MN in about a week, and I'll be using down!
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    just thinking of shugs video

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    Quote Originally Posted by Downhill Trucker View Post
    I'm about to build a IX underquilt for 40 deg. How many layers? I am going to back the outer layer with some breathable ripstop.

    Might also be adding the option to add a layer or two inside to boost the temp rating while hammocking in lower temps. Thoughts or ideas?

    I also had the idea of building a one-two layer IX quilt WITHOUT a breathable ripstop shell BUT using a SEPERATE breathable shell layer under the IX underquilt. Thoughts or ideas?

    Thanks for the help. On the surface I was going to use a two layer IX underquilt with a breathable ripstop nylon layer on the outside, under the IX. I just want to make sure this is my best option. Coldest I go in hammock is 40 deg usually. I would like option to go lower, if possible... but ultra light and simple are highest priority since 40 deg plus is my usual temp range.

    Thanks for the help!
    DHT
    My MMG IX Universal is two layers with a torso pad; so three layers under the torso but two layers everywhere else. If you build the Sclittlefield 3 layer you can get to 35-40 pretty easy I would think. You can build inserts for additional layering when the conditions call for it. So you will have a pretty solid 40 quilt with inserts to take you much lower when needed; and you only need to carry what you need when you need it.
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