Hello all, I just purchased my first hammock, and I can't wait to get it and give it a shot. After seeing Doug I's Warbonnet Blackbird at GGG, I fell in love with it. I'd been on the fence about a couple hammocks before that, and seeing the WBBB in person completely pushed me over the edge.
I've been spending a lot of time on hammockforums.net, and learning a lot. There are two reason I'm asking this question here on BPL, instead of HF.net. The first is that HF.net is a bit of information overload. There is simply a ton to read. The bigger reason, however, is that I want to get answers from people with the BPL mindset.
I got this hammock for one purpose in mind, summer backpacking in the Eastern Sierras. Not three season, not winter, not motorcycle touring...you get the picture. I might start hammocking even more if I love it, but right now I plan on summer use only while backpacking in the sierras. The reason I'm making such a big deal about this is that I'm looking for quilt recommendations as far as temp ratings are concerned. Primarily underquilt, but top quilt as well I suppose.
If I'd asked this question on HF.net, I have a feeling that many people would suggest a quilt temp rating much lower than what I actually need...in other words the "worst case scenario mindset", which I can identify with all too well. What I'm actually looking for is the minimum I can comfortably get by with. It seems that underquilts come in 0, 20, and 40* ratings. I never see them in 30*, which is what I'd probably lean towards. So between a 20 and a 40, which would you folks suggest? Or maybe a 40* with overstuff?
I'm not sure if it makes a difference, but the hammock I ended up going with is the WBBB single layer, in 1.9 (multicam).