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Andrew Baxter
(adb0406) - F
Temp for Pad or Under-quilt? on 04/17/2013 15:41:14 MDT Print View

Just out of curiosity, at what temp do you all add a pad or under quilt to your hammock? I am trying to cut the pad out for weight and space in my bag. I would love your opinions.

Thanks and keep hanging!

Kevin Babione
(KBabione) - MLife

Locale: Pennsylvania
Temp for Pad or Underquilt on 04/18/2013 07:54:05 MDT Print View

I've been in hammocks without a pad or UQ and I find that if there's any kind of a breeze blowing I get cold even when it's as warm as the upper 60's.

You'd probably be okay with a lighter pad - maybe a 1/8" from Lawson Equipment - but I think you're going to want to have something along.

Here There
(cowexnihilo) - MLife
Re: Temp for Pad or Underquilt on 04/18/2013 08:48:10 MDT Print View

My experience is pretty similar to Kevin's. Even a little pad goes a long way, especially if there's a breeze. When I started hammocking I was amazed at how quickly my back would get cold after sunset, even when I thought it was definitely warm enough to not need a pad. I quickly learned to bring at least some bottom insulation, even if just a 25" x 30" piece of 1/8" foam.

-David

Kevin Babione
(KBabione) - MLife

Locale: Pennsylvania
Temp for Pad or UQ on 04/18/2013 09:39:58 MDT Print View

Andrew,

You didn't mention what you use in your hammock for top insulation. If you use a sleeping bag that compressed insulation between you and your hammock will probably take you down at least into the 60's at night. It's better than nothing and then you wouldn't need to carry a pad as well.

On the other hand, if you're using a top quilt then you'll want something under you.

Andrew Baxter
(adb0406) - F
Top Quilt= light down bag on 04/18/2013 18:58:58 MDT Print View

I do have a summer weight down bag that is light, but I am trying to get to less weight and hoping that the bag as a quilt could be enough. I have to add that I am side/stomach sleeper, so I do have less cubic inches touching the hammock. I think I can be comfortable in the 60's, but below that I think I need a pad.