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    PLUQ vs IXUQ

    Hey All,

    So I am thinking of making a DIY UQ to get me down to the 40's and was wondering if anyone could compare the PLUQ and the IXUQ (3 layer)...

    I have a few specific questions...

    1) Is there a big weight difference?
    2) is one warmer then the other?
    3) does one pack smaller then the other?
    4) is one warmer then the other?
    5) any thing I am missing?

    Thanks!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by avi View Post
    Hey All,

    So I am thinking of making a DIY UQ to get me down to the 40's and was wondering if anyone could compare the PLUQ and the IXUQ (3 layer)...

    I have a few specific questions...

    1) Is there a big weight difference?
    IX Is lighter.. I don't have measurements, but it's about half, if I had to guess.
    2) is one warmer then the other?
    Unless you add a layer of insulation to the PLUQ, the IX is warmer. (that said, I added 1 layer of IX to my PLUQ.
    3) does one pack smaller then the other?
    The PLUQ packs smaller.
    4) is one warmer then the other?
    IX is warmer...

    5) any thing I am missing?

    I have had condensation issues with my DIY IX UQ, but not with the PLUQ.
    I like both, but packing the IX UQ is a pain. You have to roll it up, and it doesn't compress at all. The PLUQ doesn't compress much, but it's easier to pack. My PLUQ is a no-sew option, and I like it for warm weather. It is heavier than my KAQ Lost river, but versatile, as I can loosen up the end cords and it's a useful blanket, or in colder weather, I tie it over my hammock as an overcover. It works well.

    Adding additional insulation to the pluq is easy, and a layer of IX in the middle seems to add a good 5-degrees of comfort without the condensation issues I had with my IX UQ.

    Weight wise, it's hard to beat IX. I'll have to weigh both to really tell the difference, though... Online, I see weights listed as 21-28 oz for the poncho liner. I'll try to weigh my IX UQ when I get home...
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    For storage, I just leave my IX UQ (MMG Shamu) on the hammock and wrap the whole thing in a python. Find that it stores really easily.

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    Great Info!

    JohnSawyer: How low have you taken your IXUQ? and the PLUQ?

    I like the idea of adding a layer of IX to the PLUQ as well...do you think that will affect its compressibility?

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    what is a PL underquilt. I know IX is insultex.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alanvalentinus View Post
    what is a PL underquilt. I know IX is insultex.
    PL = Poncho Liner. A military (often surplus) poncho liner used to make bivy sacks in the field using a poncho as the outer shell and the liner to make the bag.

    You can buy poncho liners commercially from several places, including Wiggy, who has a specialized set of materials. I have an Army/Navy surplus store where I can get mine. Ebay and Craigslist are also good options.

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