- Dec 8, 2019 at 11:41 pm #3622094
I just started using a hammock as a shelter and the with a 35 degree sleeping bag I was very cold in low 40s weather. Are there any super light weight options that I can take to give me good insulation and warmth at night? A fleece or something?Dec 8, 2019 at 11:53 pm #3622095Brad LBPL Member
You can’t lay on top of the sleeping bag, it gets compressed and is practically useless on the bottom for insulation value. If the sleeping bag has a zipper that will allow you to pass the end of the hammock through it, you can use it as a “cacoon” to completely surround yourself.
I use an under quilt and a top quilt to prevent the compression of the insulation and for additional flexibility.
BradDec 8, 2019 at 11:55 pm #3622096
Yeah I have a sleeping pad underneath and I sleep inside the bag. Good point on the compression. Any suggestions on lightweight quilts?Dec 9, 2019 at 12:29 am #3622098Brad LBPL Member
I have both top quilt and under quilts from Enlightened Equipment, there are literally dozens of brands to choose from. I have been very satisfied with the quality, performance, and weight of the down quilts I bought from EE. Enough so that I have purchased both a top and under quilt for my wife too.
I am using a Revolt under quilt and an Enigma top quilt, both 40 degree for myself and a 40 degree under quilt and 30 degree top quilt for my wife.
Certainly not inexpensive but whenever I try to buy something bargain I end up selling it at a loss to buy what I wanted in the first place. Unfortunately, this quilt episode was one of those experiences too. I figure with reasonable care, they will outlast me.
BradDec 9, 2019 at 2:36 am #3622108Rob PBPL Member
You can use a sleeping bag in a hammock. Regardless of whether you use a sleeping bag or a top quilt inside the hammock, you still need either a sufficiently warm pad or underquilt underneath you.
How warm is your pad? Do you think the 35 degree rating on your bag is accurate?Dec 10, 2019 at 6:37 pm #3622258Jenny ABPL Member
@jenniferaLocale: Front Range
You might post this in the Hammock forum.
I tried sleeping bag with closed cell foam pad and couldn’t keep the pad underneath me in the hammock. An underquilt/quilt combo is so much easier.Dec 11, 2019 at 12:28 am #3622313iagoBPL Member
@iagoLocale: Boston & Galicia, SpainDec 12, 2019 at 3:36 am #3622469
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