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    Gear test DIY fleece UQ

    After reading the thread on When Not to use a UQ and the one on making a UQ out of fleece I decided to DIY one up.
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    Friday seemed like a great night to test it out. The temps were down in the lower 60s. I have to say that while I was not cold, I wasn't toasty warm either. There was no wind that night and I think if there had been a breeze I would have been chilly.

    So my conclusion is that this UQ is great for summer nights where you just need a little something. I'll be looking for ways to beef up the loft on the next UQ project for sure.
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    Nice work and thanks for the field test. That appears to have a nylon outer shell... yes? And even with that it wasn't toasty? Hmmm?
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    Perhaps adding a layer of IX between the fleece and Nylon would result in an improved thermal retention. Of course it would likely be bulkier than a down UQ for the same temp ratings. But also a good bit cheaper.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Redoleary View Post
    Nice work and thanks for the field test. That appears to have a nylon outer shell... yes? And even with that it wasn't toasty? Hmmm?
    Indeed. I would be suspicious of the seal/fit...a bit of tweaking might yield improvement.
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    was there any shock cord involved in your quilt suspension? that would help it to stay in place against any movement from inside the hammock..
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    mmmmm....BACON!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Redoleary View Post
    Nice work and thanks for the field test. That appears to have a nylon outer shell... yes? And even with that it wasn't toasty? Hmmm?
    Correct I made it out of 1.1 with draw string channels on the ends.

    Quote Originally Posted by oldgringo View Post
    Indeed. I would be suspicious of the seal/fit...a bit of tweaking might yield improvement.
    I did do a midnight adjustment but it wasn't noticeably better

    Quote Originally Posted by KerMegan View Post
    was there any shock cord involved in your quilt suspension? that would help it to stay in place against any movement from inside the hammock..
    KM(who made green beans last night and now the whole house smells like BACON!)
    Yep I have shock cord at each end. The UQ is right up against the hammock when I am not in it.

    Quote Originally Posted by raiffnuke View Post
    mmmmm....BACON!!!
    Funny, I was very close to Bacon Ridge Natural Area

    I think it boils down to fleece just not being a good enough insulator. I have slept with a pad before and I can feel the toasty goodness all over. Not so with the fleece.

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    If you want to go the fleece route, you might want to consider wind blocker fleece. It should insulate better.

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