After a solstice underquilt fail, last night I had my first successful night in the hammock with the clew suspension underquilt. Watch the video to see how the underquilt performs (thanks to my husband for being a model).
I also had to do some troubleshooting on the length of the quilt. I figured out that when a total length for the quilt + suspension = 87.5% of the length of my hammock, I got a pretty snug fit without gaping, but I had to thread my hammock suspension directly through the descending ring. This worked for me, but I can see myself shortening it up a little more in the future, especially if my shock cord starts to lose its stretch. I suggest taking the length of the suspension + underquilt down to 85% and then putting a durable extender on each end so that it is adjustable in the field.
The University's weather station is pretty close to where I live, and they are reporting that the temperature got down to 28 degrees early this morning. While I was comfortable last night, I think that this is probably the lower end of what would be comfortable for me in a 6 oz climashield apex underquilt. I am a cold sleeper and I would not want to sleep in lower temperatures without more insulation.
Overall, I am pleased with the clew suspension. While it is a little more complicated to make, it is quite easy to hang (once you figure out the proper 87.5% length), and it worked just great. No CBS (Cold Butt Syndrome).
Thanks to Leiavoia for the great idea.
More videos about my homemade hammock setup:
- DIY weave a clue suspension for an underquilt https://youtu.be/Qx8aYo-1U0I
- DIY 11' hammock with stretchable footbox and knotty mod https://youtu.be/xExXE648aIs
- Detailed sewing instructions for DIY hammock with stretchable footbox and knotty mod