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DIY Weave a Clew Suspension for an Underquilt

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Published on Dec 22, 2016

I was intrigued to make a clew suspension for a box-style underquilt that I was already planning to sew after seeing Derek Hansen post about it on his facebook page.




Read about this on my blog at http://jellyfishreport.blogspot.com/2...

Read my sleep report: http://jellyfishreport.blogspot.com/2...

The clew design is the conception of Leiavoia, who provided a detailed description (along with some of the physics) on his blog and on hammockforums. For more information about a clew suspension, see Derek Hansen's youtube video and his blog post ( all links are below).

The suspension is beautifully complicated, but not difficult to execute. Note that because I used a box-style underquilt, the suspension is not compressing the 6 oz climashield apex insulation.

The final weight is 2 1/8 ounces.




Testing of the suspension is proceeding, so stay tuned for updates.




Troubleshooting Update: after a two nights of sleeping with the quilt, I have removed the "extender" from the foot end that you see in the video. Without the extender, the quilt + suspension is 87.5% the total length of my hammock, and that is giving me a snug fit. At a longer length, I was getting gaping at the foot end and along the sides (cold butt syndrome), but at 87.5%, it seems really nice and cozy. However, I had to thread my hammock suspension through the quilt, so I can see myself shortening the nettles so that they are 85% of the length of my hammock and adding a durable extender to each side.

Materials:
Approximately 65 feet of 1/16" shock cord
2 aluminum descending rings
Method to attach suspension to your underquilt (I used snaps).
Jig for weaving a clew (I used a few campaign yard signs, a piece of brown paper, a funny-looking pin and 8 large headed short nails).
Pencil (or two).
Optional: 4 short pieces of shock cord and 4 mini cord-locks (for preventing the clew nettles from tangling in the stuff sack).

Refer to these links for more information:

Leiavoia's blog post: http://www.leiavoia.net/pages/hammock...
Leiavoia's hammockforums post: https://www.hammockforums.net/forum/s...
Derek Hansen's blog post on the clew suspension: http://theultimatehang.com/2013/01/wo...
Derek Hansen's youtube video on the clew suspension: https://youtu.be/L5M-1M6WsvM

Music: I dunno by Grapes (Creative Commons License)
Derek Hansen's facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/TheUltimateH...

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