- Mar 28, 2016 at 5:51 am #3392352
I was thrilled that my hammock set up with the heaviest down to take me to 20degrees, biggest tarp and a folding saw was total 26lbs. That was with 5oz alchohol and 2 Ltrs water. I’ve never slept So late on s trip so that will tell you how much better sleep I got in a hammock bs the ground. I’m thrilled with the switch so far.Mar 28, 2016 at 5:58 am #3392353
Certainly the best sleep outside for me as well. Have to set an alarm.Mar 28, 2016 at 6:15 am #3392354
Looks great! Where were you hiking and how was the temperature? I carry a light min/max thermometer to let me know the temps so I can continue to tweak my hammock sleep system. You look pretty cozy and I’m glad your experience with your hammock was a good one.Mar 28, 2016 at 6:22 am #3392356
We went to Linville Gorge area in NC. I also carry a thermometer to catch the lows. Was disappointed that the low was only 46!!! Wind was present so basically I’ll call it mid 40’s. Was hoping for mid 30’s.
What sit pad to you use for your lower legs?Mar 28, 2016 at 8:24 am #3392384
If it’s going to be cold (i.e. below 40) I’ll typically carry a full-length under quilt so I’ve never needed any kind of pad under my feet. I’ve found that having the correct under quilt is critical to me having a good night’s sleep. I have a couple of UQ’s from which I can choose so it’s never been a problem.
If the forecast temperature is above 40 I’ll use my 3/4-length UQ (a Tewa Summer Breeze). Because I sleep with my feet in a top quilt footbox I’ve never had a problem with my feet being cold in my hammock, even without a pad of any kind under them. The quilt footbox seems to be enough.Mar 28, 2016 at 9:30 am #3392397
Full length uq here too.Mar 30, 2016 at 11:48 am #3392787
Matt MBPL Member
I have a 3/4 UQ (Tewa Freeze) and use a Therm-a-Rest Z-Seat in the footbox of my quilt. it works pretty well aside from it sliding around a little bit during the night. But I would buy a full-length UQ if I had it to do over again.Apr 22, 2016 at 2:55 am #3397339
Joe LBPL Member
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My vote is for the longer UQ since the extra length is not much extra weight, and the better comfort is worth it, to me.
Since I don’t go to sleep until my feet are warm, I carry a pair of down booties from Arrowhead Equipment (AHE), weight 3 oz. On some trips I think that they save me from bringing a heavier top quilt. I always carry a one ounce, Dollar Tree windshield reflector to position anywhere that isn’t quite warm enough.Apr 22, 2016 at 5:41 am #3397345
I have a 20 degree full UQ on order to see if that improves comfort. I’m imagining it will and may be worth the additional weight for the comfort.Apr 22, 2016 at 7:03 am #3397352
The warmer UQ will make all the difference in the world. If I get cold in my hammock it’s almost never from underneath (and it if is it’s because I didn’t set up the UQ correctly). I don’t wear my down puffy to sleep but I keep it handy in the hammock. If I get cold during the night I drape it over my torso under my top quilt for an added layer of insulation.
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