Results 1 to 10 of 10
  1. #1
    Senior Member GaHammockGuy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Kennesaw, GA
    Posts
    472

    Fleece As An U/Q

    Okay.... sorry for the thread, but I have looked and looked and did not find so I am asking...

    Has anyone used (with any degree of success) Fleece as an U/Q? My thought is this...


    PROs:
    it is light
    Warm
    Easier to work with than fighting the floating feathers.
    I bought a ton of fleece from JoAnns when it went on sale so I have PLENTY

    Cons:
    Bulky

    Or simply reply with the thread if one is out there.

  2. #2
    Member johnfolsomjr's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    South Carolina
    Hammock
    DIY creation
    Tarp
    WalMart Blue
    Insulation
    DIY UQ
    Suspension
    Whoppie Slings
    Posts
    56
    Images
    21
    I was planning on using fleece when I made an underquilt but got talked out of it. Check out the thread -

    http://www.hammockforums.net/forum/s...ad.php?t=22590

    I ended up making more of a summer weight underquilt with some Hancock Fabrics quilt batting instead.
    "We're making art, not taking a test"
    -Willie Williams

  3. #3
    beep's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Location
    Minneapolis, MN
    Hammock
    WB BB 1.1 dbl
    Tarp
    MacCat Dlx SpinnUL
    Insulation
    Phoenix/Incubator
    Suspension
    Whoopie Slings
    Posts
    2,078
    Images
    47
    Relative to down UQ, fleece is heavy...and not as good an insulator. It'd probably work for milder temps.

    I'd say give it a try. Fleece's big advantage is that it's cheap. If it doesn't work for you, you won't have spent a ton of cash!
    "The more I carry the happier I am in camp; the less I carry the happier I am getting there" - Sgt. Rock

  4. #4
    Bubba's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    Ontario, Canada
    Hammock
    WBBB 1.7 SL
    Tarp
    WB Superfly
    Insulation
    WB and UGQ
    Suspension
    Whoopies or Straps
    Posts
    5,356
    Images
    57
    Give it a shot. As beep said it could work for milder temps. Warmth to weight ratio is not the greatest but you have the materials so let us know how it goes.
    Don't let life get in the way of living.

  5. #5
    Senior Member Cannibal's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    Denver, CO
    Hammock
    Warbonnet ON!
    Tarp
    SuperFly or MacCat
    Insulation
    Yetis & Mambas
    Suspension
    Webbing and rings
    Posts
    13,919
    Images
    136
    My problem isn't the weight of fleece, but its bulk. That stuff compresses about as good as a rock. However, I have used fleece with great success in the past. I've slept through the night in the high 40s with nothing but a fleece bag and my clothing; was very comfy. It can't hurt to try it and if it doesn't work the way you want it to, it will make a nice loaner for a friend on a mild temp trip.

    I just this past year finally took my fleece pullover out of the pack. It was hard for me to do because I do love fleece. It's soft, warm, and still insulates very well when wet. Still, the weight and the bulk forced me to go visit the MontBell store next door in Boulder. I have a very nice down liner jacket now, but still look longingly at my pullover when I'm packing.
    Trust nobody!

  6. #6
    in it for the naps oldgringo's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Location
    Checotah, Oklahoma
    Hammock
    Varies
    Tarp
    GargoyleGear Ogee
    Insulation
    UQ-varies w/season
    Suspension
    onrope buckle
    Posts
    5,982
    Cannibal makes a good point: lack of compressability. I've always suspected that the best use of fleece might be between the layers of a dl hammock. Still not something you'd want to pack, but for car campers, it might serve very well. And then, there's JSaults' fleece serape: wear it, then sleep on it.
    Dave

    http://www.uark.edu/misc/xtimber/rna/pattonsbluff.html

    It has always been my private conviction that any man who pits his intelligence against a fish and loses has it coming.
    John Steinbeck

  7. #7
    Senior Member GaHammockGuy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Kennesaw, GA
    Posts
    472
    Well, I plan on strapping it to the bottom of my pack so the space factor is not a big issue. And (although I have not weighed the two) A bundle of fleece of the same size as my UQ may be lighter. It is a DIY UQ that was made by a friend. Not the best quality product, but it has worked in the past....

    So I rekon I will give it a try and see how it works. Thanks for the input. I will try to remember to post some pics when I am done as well as a field report.

  8. #8
    Senior Member harrell79cj5's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Location
    Raymond, MS
    Hammock
    1.9 oz DIY Speer Type
    Tarp
    DIY sil 10X12 camo
    Insulation
    Dwn SB/dwn DIY UQ
    Suspension
    Whoopies
    Posts
    153
    Images
    35
    I made one for more of a summer underquilt (down to 50 or so) with a nylon shell and it seems to work pretty good! stuffs down to about the size of a 2 litre coke bottle.

    http://www.hammockforums.net/forum/s...ad.php?t=34308
    Attached Images Attached Images

  9. #9

    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Location
    Rochester, NY
    Hammock
    Hennesy
    Tarp
    various
    Insulation
    pads, foam
    Posts
    3,896
    Images
    17
    I'm thinking about trying a layer or two between my Hennesy bottom cover in place of the foam pad. Making one that was open on an end or side would let you add a layer of open cell foam like H uses and really extend the temp range. Once you have a wind resistant bottom hung below the hammock there are all kinds of things to try. ;-)

  10. #10
    Senior Member McSpartan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Location
    Midlothian, VA
    Hammock
    WBBB 1.1 DBL
    Tarp
    Big Mamajamba
    Insulation
    WB, HG + Phoenix
    Suspension
    DIY Whoopies
    Posts
    180
    Images
    5
    Quote Originally Posted by oldgringo View Post
    Cannibal makes a good point: lack of compressability. I've always suspected that the best use of fleece might be between the layers of a dl hammock. Still not something you'd want to pack, but for car campers, it might serve very well. And then, there's JSaults' fleece serape: wear it, then sleep on it.
    +2. After taking a suggestion from the "For Sale" section on a Land's End Down (and packable) jacket and comparing the two, the fleece wasn't even close on weight and bulk. I too was sad to take it out of the pack (I had room).
    Warbonnet Blackbird 1.1 Double Layer
    Big Mamajamba Sil
    20D Black Mamba, 40D Burrow, 20D Phoenix
    DIY Whoopies and straps

Tags for this Thread

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •