Down TUQ (top- and underquilt)
Finished my down quilt a while ago. It's a "convertible" which can be used as TQ and UQ. It's the same shape I've also used for my very first TQ shown in this thread.
The quilt is 15% overstuffed and has 4 inch high baffles. Overall weight is around 900g (~ 32oz) with all cordage and cordlocks for both modes.
I've sewn V-baffles (vs H-baffles) using 14 bridges out of mosquito-netting connecting both sides of the quilt -- they help minimizing cold-bridges and stabilizing the size of the baffles. V-baffles look like this:
|__\_ /___ \ _/ ___\ _/___ \_ /___ \__/___ \__/___ \__/__ |
I've used following:
I've to say that Pertex Quantum really feels softer than regular calendared ripstop -- but it also costs much more and is somehow hard to get hands on. Anyone who knows a good and cheap source is welcome to let me know.
Unlike my summer TQ I've added some small things:
The different settings are as follows:
a) both corners (grossgrain ribbon loops) in head-area are connected with a slipknot.
b) loops in bottom-part are connected together with cord to form a footbox
c) length of dyneema in bottom-channel is minimized, the cord is looped through loops in the bottom part to fully close the footbox.
d) elastic cord in side-channels can be shortened to help the quilt "embracing" you better
e) dyneema in top-channel is adjusted to the length you still feel snug with around your neck using a minitanka.
a) 2x 5mm elastic cord is connected with 2 prusiks on the ridgeline
b) ... their ends are looped through both corners of the top- and bottom-part of the quilt and attached using cordlocks.
c) prusiks are placed where needed, elastic cords are shortened (5mm attaching quilt to ridgeline and 3mm in side-channels) where needed to get the quilt closer to the hammock
d) dyneema in top- and bottom-channels is shorted to not allow wind to get between hammock and quilt.
Things I've learned and would do differently next time:
- make bigger channels.
- use smaller dyneema cord within channels
- use wider webbing instead of small grossgrain ribbon to form loops in the 4 corners
Last edited by trinni; 03-23-2011 at 11:11.. Reason: added photos in UQ-mode
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Northern Ky
Hammock: Wannabee- BB-like hammock
Tarp: 8 x 10 sil tarp
Insulation: DIY tq, Phoenix UQ
Suspension: whoopie slings and
Wow, that looks like a really nice quilt. You really paid attention to the details! I hope you have many warm nites snuggled in that quilt.
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Join Date: Sep 2009
Hammock: DIY Pertex
Tarp: DIY with doors on
Insulation: Down and synthetic
Suspension: Whoopies & hooks
Really liking your work Trinni, well done
It looks like a great piece of kit. I like the V-baffles, a great touch. I'm going to use them on my next quilts.
I don't know of anyone to get pertex quantum from other than extremtextil, but Fabrics n stuff carry different Pertex's at good prices and they post to europe from the UK. They have some 80g/sqm in at present.
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That came out looking really nice, looks warm too. Good job.
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Very nice job Trinni
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Yikes, Trinni! These are superb!
The design is obviously super efficient in Top Quilt mode with the wrap-around effect.
And, even without pictures, I can see how you can easily attach it as an Under Quilt.
Impressive design & workmanship!
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Thanks for the reference to Fabrics n stuff -- I'll keep an eye on them. I've stumbled upon 50gsm Pertex on ebay but the vendor couldnt say whether it was Pertex Microlight or Classic -- anyhow, I am interested in Pertex Quantum since it's very lightweight and I have more than 10m of Scott's 1.1oz Ripstop (< 40g/m²) in store which I'd prefer in case of fabrics with same or higher weight unless it's Pertex Quantum.
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