10565Re: [Hammock Camping] D.A.M. vs Underquilt - Why Choose?
- Sep 30, 2005Wow, only one reply. Either my idea isn't as exciting as it seemed
when I came up with it, or a lot of people are luckier than me (out
camping instead of here reading the board to avoid work)!
Thank you Bill for your reply though. I had seen your DAM in the
past, and I was thinking I might employ something similar. The only
issue I have to deal with though is the way in which you inflate
yours. Since mine will be embedded in an underquilt, I would not be
able to clamp the ends of each baffle. Also, with an unsealed end
when I am using it as a quilt, I would have the added problem of the
down getting out when I am using it soft. What I am thinking is that
all my baffles will have to be connected in som way, and inflated
through one or two valves, much like the professionally made DAMs.
Now I know I can heat seal both ends, but I am not sure how I would
attach some sort of cross tube or valve assembly that would still be
air tight and not terribly heavy.
I know this is going to be a lot more work to solve than either the
underquilt or a normal DAM would be on their own, however, I would
love to be able to have the flexability without the worry of choosing
which to take before I even get where I am going. I would simply
stick to the underquilt because I know I prefer the comfort of them
over the pad or DAM methods. The trouble is I live in a state that
is half desert, and I like to see what is over the next hill. I very
often have no idea what to expect untill I get there, and everything
I have is all about the flexability. To that end then, while I can
often hang my hammock even where there are no trees, sometimes I am
forced to ground. When that happens, I must have something else.
Therefor, I am willing to take on the extra difficulty of building an
inflatable quilt as it were. In fact, I think I will add the
following to the lexicon; IDUQ - inflatable down under-quilt. That
is my mission at this time, if anyone else has any thoughts or ideas,
please feel free to jump on it. I will need all the help I can get!
P.S. Bill, where did you get the poly-tube from? I am sure that is
answered somewhere on previous messages, but somehow I am missing it
when I search past posts.
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