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    Built in UQ?

    Disclaimer: I searched the forum for this topic without finding any results. Perhaps my search strings were incorrect.

    Has anyone manufactured a hammock with a built in underquilt? If not, why? Just curious.

    It would seem a built in under quilt that stayed put and required no rigging up or fiddling with might be nice for some folks. There must be a reason why this isn't a good idea however.

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    I would only work over a more narrow range of temps. For instance, my 40 degree UQ has taken me to 30, but I'd also use it in the summer, venting it as necessary. I don't imagine that you could construct a "built-in" hammock/UQ than could be vented. You'd be stuck having to purchase 3 hammocks for summer, fall/spring, and winter temps, each with their own UQ insulation material.

    However, it seems to me that a summer hammock with perhaps some quilted insulation makes sense, especially for newer folks that would probably only use it in the summer. In fact, sound's like the kind of thing ENO would come up with, but hasn't as far as I know.
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    I just finished tacking strips of Climashield to the 5 bottom panels of my next insulated hammock. (Many thanks to Detail Man and Yogurt who recently helped me make the nearly 50 separate measurements on the underside of the hammock to determine the fore-and-aft and side-to-side curvatures of an occupied hammock. ) This is a prototype for an eventual down insulated hammock, lighter and more comfortable than previous models.

    If I make this sound complicated and difficult, it is. But you don't need to go off the deep end like me. Research further, and do your own thing. Start with Just Jeff's "bag of feathers" here. There are others on the forum who've made insulated hammocks also.

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    WV is on the right track. Check out a few of his other projects. he's got some experience in the area.

    I've been camping in my down insulated nylon hammock since last spring.
    It's basically a 30* setup. keeps me happy from snow to snow here in minnesota.

    Fabrics stretch, the shape is weird, it's not easy to do it right.

    I cannot "tell" you how I did mine. It's just a bit too complicated (for me to explain)
    Last edited by Strung out; 06-04-2013 at 13:36.

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    My Magna-Hammock doesn't have integrated insulation, but I can put whatever I want between the layers with no compression to compromise insulating properties. I can also position the insulating layer beneath me while in the hammock and it stays really well. It is a little outside the box, but I am happy with it so far. See thread below if curious.

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    There are several, I can't find the one I was looking for. I'm thinking about trying it myself when I get back to making stuff.

    The problem seem to be getting the right cut on the outer so that you chosen insulation doesn't get compressed...
    "truth is uncontainable, and inexpressible. It neither is nor is not.
    This unformulated principle is the foundation of the different systems of all the sages."
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    Interesting. Thanks for all the posts and links. I figured I wasn't the FIRST one to think of this.

    I do agree that a built in lightweight UQ would make a nice ENO product for warm weather campers who don't want the fiddle factor.

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    Not my cup of tea, but this guy tries to integrate UQ.

    http://versashelter.com/

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