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    UGQ 10 versus 20 denier fabric

    Hello! What’s your take on a MRS10 versus MRS20 fabric for the outer layer on a top quilt and underquilt set? Weight savings is 0.8 ounces per quilt for the lighter fabric. My concern in going with the lighter 10D fabric is that it may be less slightly less wind resistant and water resistant - possibly negating the small weight savings (at least for me). Curious what others have to say who own quilts from UGQ with these materials. Thank you!

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    The material in both weights is calendared and downproof rating is 5, so wind resistance should be excellent.

    More important IMO than the weight difference is the compressibility, and there is a very substantial difference between 10D and 20D. Maybe not important if you're a car camper but certainly something to consider if you're a backpacker, bicycle or moto camper where volume is critical. And with hammocking (vs ground camping) that difference is almost twice as much if you're using a full-length UQ.
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    I own a set of quilts from them in MRS10 and find the fabric to be highly wind resistant. It is a fantastic fabric for the exterior of the quilts.


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    I agree with what the others have said, and I'll add my own 2 cents - which is to say I'd personally not get any 20D fabric for either shell of a topquilt. It adds weight and more importantly bulk, and for me there's no need for a TQ to have any higher than 10D fabric. If you want the ripstop, the MRS10 is a good choice. I personally have a UGQ Bandit with both shells in Membrane 10 taffeta (M10T), and that's what I'd do again if I were buying another topquilt from UGQ (since they don't offer any 7D fabrics).

    On my Zeppelin, I have M10T for the inner shell and MRS20 for the outer. If I were to do that over again, I'd get M10T for the inner and MRS10 for the outer. I have other underquilts with 10D and even 7D fabric, and those are sufficiently durable, wind resistant, and downproof for me.

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    Thanks for asking this question! I've been researching UGQ UQs (among others) and wondering the same thing but hadn't gotten far enough along to ask the question yet.
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    Thanks so much for input!

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