78x53" UQ from Cannibalised CDTs

Discussion in 'Hammock Kit' started by Gadget, Nov 10, 2017.

  1. Gadget

    Gadget Section Hiker

    This is where it started, with Costco Down Throws
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    That's a 50x45" partial UQ with 14 chambers and faux baffles (original 6.5oz fill). I was quite chuffed with it, slept down to freezing in it, but sold it on. It didn't do anything that my HG Phoenix did better, and wasn't an ideal loaner, being a partial UQ (more fiddle).

    So I scaled up and double filled a, nearly, full length, faux baffled quilt
    70"UQ with 10" chambers, faux baffles and 13oz of 700fill,[​IMG]
    Because of the capacious 10" wide chambers, it was understuffed, and had disappointing performance.

    I then extended to it 78" and boosted the down with the contents of another throw (making 3 in total), taking the fill to 20oz.
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    That was more encouraging, slept down to -10°C (14°F), but was an inefficient use of down. A quilt weighing in at 984g (34.71oz), should be able to handle lower temps than that!

    So I bit the bullet, and decided to make a UQ from scratch. I decided to cannibalise the CDT based one above, and treat it as a test run, to make mistakes on before going on to high quality materials.

    These are the dimensions I settled on,
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    Marking out the chambers on the inner skin, note the added material, extending it from 70 to 78",
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    Using a cardboard template to mark the darts for the leg shelf in the inner skin,
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    The darts sewn into the inner skin, to from the shaping of the leg shelf and head/foot shaping,
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    From right to left,
    Straight card template, used to cut out baffle strips
    Shaped card template, used as template when pinning fabric for the shaped baffles,
    Three baffles, shaped using darts,
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    (cutting baffles to the final shape would have been easier than doing the shaping with darts, but I was limited by the available material)

    Darts sewn into outer skin (extended by 8"),
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    End caps, shaped using darts,
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    End caps sewn to edge baffles, to form the perimeter of the quilt,
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    Baffles and perimeter sewn to outer skin,
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    Used overlocker to sew perimeter to skin,
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    Sewed the inner skin to the perimeter using overlocker, leaving one end open. you can see the ends of baffles sewn to perimeter end cap,
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    Sewing the baffles to the inner shell was OK, until the last one, where I had to turn it into a sausage to reach it all,
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    Completed shell, open at end ready for filling. Note the primary suspension channel (green ribbon) and clew suspension attachments on ends,
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    Empty shell, no suspension, 357g (12.59oz),
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    Stuffed with Costco 700fill, 802g (28.29oz), so that's 445g (15.7oz) of down, no suspension,
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    3" of loft,
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    Primary/secondary suspension only, weighing in at 825g (29.11oz),
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    Hung with primary/secondary suspension only,
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    Combining clew suspension with primary/secondary. Laced nettles to stingers sewn into quilt ends,
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    Chiseller, gixer, Ken T. and 8 others like this.
  2. Shewie

    Shewie Administrator Staff Member

    Nicely done Gadget

    I've not seen the clew suspension before, it reminds me a bit of my Speers Snugfit UQ (never should've sold that thing)
  3. Gadget

    Gadget Section Hiker

  4. Shewie

    Shewie Administrator Staff Member

    Cheers for the links, I'll take a look later, I don't get on HF much these days so I'm a bit out of touch
  5. fluffkitten

    fluffkitten Thru Hiker

    Good quilt skills. :)

    Leiavoia's Gemini is really interesting. One day I might get around to making a set.
  6. Enzo

    Enzo Section Hiker

    Impressive!
  7. MartinK9

    MartinK9 Ultralighter

    Very nice indeed. :)
  8. Chiseller

    Chiseller Ultralighter

    FIERCE
    Gadget likes this.
  9. craige

    craige Thru Hiker

    Nice gadget, you got some skills! Will have to check out those links later... I'm way out of the loop with current hammock goings on.

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