Jun 10, 2011 at 2:28 pm #1275226
I hammock and I need something for warmer temps. Since dirt/wet/ground contact is not an issue, I was thinking of just buying some climashield and cutting it to shape, essentially making a blanket. This hardly qualifies as MYOG, but I've never heard of anyone doing it, so I'm wondering if there's any reason why I shouldn't.Jun 10, 2011 at 3:58 pm #1747592
@cirrusblLocale: Upstate South Carolina
The Climashield needs some sort of material to cover it. The insulation will stick to your skin – simply running my hand across it will start to pull off some of the fibers. Debris, like pine needles, would inevitably get in it. Pulling them out would wear it down quicker. You could try it, but I don't imagine it would be very comfortable or durable.Jun 10, 2011 at 5:53 pm #1747629
Blake is right about this. I though about using nano-see-um before we had any breathable fabrics that were lighter, but now with the existence of M50, and new fabrics coming available, there doesn't seem to be any reason other than cost to skimp here.
Obviously the really light weight silks would be a great option, and feel very comfortable.Jun 10, 2011 at 6:07 pm #1747634
Javan: Would using no-see-um work? And what would be an advantage or disadvantage of using it?Jun 10, 2011 at 6:17 pm #1747638
I never tried it, but I'm fairly certain it would work.
The only advantage as I saw it with nanoseeum, was the material weight, which at one time was lighter than any full weave fabric available to us. That's no longer the case however, so I no longer see an advantage other than price.
Disadvantage? Still less durable than a regular weave, probably much less so, since the mesh would be more likely to snag, and some fibers from the insulation might work their way out through the mesh, but I doubt it'd be serious. Regular No-see-um can vary in quality, weight and fineness of weave, which could introduce a lot of variables, so it really depends on the particular mesh.
Sorry, I know that's not a lot of help.Jun 10, 2011 at 6:33 pm #1747643
@funnymoLocale: Sunshine State
Someone here made a vest and some other gear w/a mesh as a liner. Perhaps Aaron Sorensen? Anyway he was out West like on the PCT/JMT.
Aha….just searched and found it: http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/forums/thread_display.html?forum_thread_id=5734
I like his creativity.
Keep us posted on what you do!
ToddJun 10, 2011 at 7:06 pm #1747661
Great info, everyone (especially that thread, Todd! Folks here are so creative). I'll start looking into fabrics then, since it's clear I need something to keep the insulation from snagging.Jun 10, 2011 at 7:33 pm #1747678
@funnymoLocale: Sunshine State
You may glean something from this as well…
ToddJun 10, 2011 at 7:42 pm #1747685
4.5 or 5 momme Habotai silk would be lighter than nanoseeum or noseeum.
Tulle (wedding veil) is lighter still. I think silk would work bestJun 10, 2011 at 10:11 pm #1747723
Looks like I have a plan, then.
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