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    A Germ of an Idea: Bug net/underquilt combo?

    I just started thinking about this, so it isn't fully fleshed out yet. Has anyone ever combined an underquilt with a bug net? It seems a bug net hung over the ridge line would keep an underquilt tight to the hammock. I'm thinking two shortish (48 inch?) zippers--one on each side.

    The first problem I see is that there is an inherent conflict between the net and the underquilt: The net you want far away from you and the underquilt you want close to you. Shock cords at the head and foot would keep the underquilt snugged up to you, but also pull the bug net in.

    Worth pursuing or dopey idea?
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    olddog did something like that with the TED net. From what I remember of him explaining it and looking at it, he simply turned the bottom of the net into a solid piece of fabric and sewed insulation to that on the asym.

    You might want to shoot him a PM and ask for details. It sure looked like it worked well!

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    Pips, the one FLRider mentioned is a prototype I threw togeather last year and it worked great in our milder temps even though we did get down into the min 20's at the 2nd Florida hang. It's your top entry design sewn to an under cover or weather shield of a unknown very light fabric with poly insulation sewn in. The insulation was sewn in asysmetric and took two trys to get the coverage right. On the cold nights I had a piece of insulfleece that was laid on the insulation but have been thinking about a large trash bag ala the 'Garlington Taco'. Will be reworking it this summer but may be looking at a different bugnet, maybe similar to one mentioned recently which was sewn to the rear side of the under cover, draped over the RL and hanging with a weighted edge over the front. This is to reduce some of the weight of the shock cord in the TED and rigging for the undercover. The first time I used it there were more lines than a sailboat. If you have any questions just PM me.
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    OD: I was thinking of a more traditional bug net too. I think a net supported by the ridge line would work better than a TED bug net in this idea. I do think organza (used in my TED) would be a good choice for a bug net/underquilt combo because of its strength and lack of stretchiness.

    Like you, it occurred to me that a bug net/underquilt combo might be better suited for a summer set up. (Although, 20s?!?!? )

    I'm going to think about this some more. You do the same and let us know what you come up with. Thanks, my creative brother!
    "Pips"
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