Hi from a Newbie
Hi, first post here. Been researching and drooling over stuff for a few weeks, and the wife and I are planning our hanging adventures starting in the spring. The weather will be nice, and hopefully we'll have all of our pennies saved up by then :)
We're both big folks (250+) and are thinking Warbonnet BB 1.7 doubles for the hammocks and 3 season Yetis for the UQ's. We're still torn on tarps, but thinking either OES MacCat Deluxes or Warbonnet's similar size for our 3 season rigs. Especially if Warbonnetguy is into package deals ;)
I do have a question on top insulation. My wife is new to backpacking and doesn't have a bag, I have a Feathered Friends Hummingbird that has gotten a bit, uh, tight :) but I think would work ok for now. I've looked at JrB's quilts, but most of the regular quilts seem too small, and the large family seems too big. Does anyone make custom down top quilts to spec, but not at Nunatuk prices? :D
I've been thinking of cutting down an old sheet to figure out the sizing at shoulder, hips and feet and preferred depth of footbox. The wife gets cold feet, so does anyone just overstuff the footbox?
Lastly, anyone in the Central SC want to show off their cool hammocking stuff?
Thanks in advance for any info, and answers to these and I'm sure the zillion questions to come!
Welcome to the forum Pooh. Sounds like your on track with your list and ideas. Contact Stormcrow here on the forums as he might be able to make up the custom top quilts for you. Also Brandon, aka Warbonnetguy, is very approachable so contact him about the possibility of a package deal. Order your stuff well in advance so you can get in a few weekends gear adjustment/familiarization time in then you can spend all your hanging time just enjoying yourself.
Thanks Opie! Your tarp tensioners look great, and if we go sil-nylon instead of Spinn they are also on the list.
Still considering whoopie slings, but think we're going Warbonnets webbing/ buckle to start out.
Originally Posted by qm1pooh
JRB Sierra Sniveller is as you opined... a size between the regular JRBs and the JRB Large Family of quilts.
Welcome aboard! I'm sure you'll be getting more suggestions, but for starters, you may want to try using that sleeping bag as a top quilt to get a feel for the width you need.
Your wife could try it out on the bed since you haven't got your hammocks yet. That would give you an idea. Just remember that in a hammock, it's a slight advantage that the hammock sides are coming up somewhat at your side. That helps in keeping the top quilt tucked in a little better than a more flat surface.
If you can afford new top quilts, There are a few here that make them & might be able to custom size them if needed.
About the cold feet... me too<G>... so I usually wear warm socks to bed & sometimes down booties & insulated pants to sleep in.
If needed, a hot water bottle is like a piece of Heaven on earth when the ol feet are cold to the bone.
Thanks for the info all! We're all ears (or, uh, eyes is I guess more appropriate :laugh:).
@ Pan- The Sierra Sniveller looks really promising. All ya'lls stuff looks great, just figuring out which to use is hard. I probably would cut off the pad tabs to save a couple of grams :D
Also, can you customize the fill in the footbox? Then again, I may be able to talk the wife into the hot water bottle per Slowhike's suggestion and save some moola for the winter setup....
Up with a nice pair of merino wool socks.
One of my old tried and true cold foot remedies is putting JRB Down Sleeves FOOT HEAVEN on my feet over my socks. Ohhhh ... so good!
Shug of the Toasty Toes
I don't live in the midlands, but I get up there occasionally to visit family and camp out with dameon and ricegravy. I'm not sure when it will happen, but the next time we camp, you should swing by and visit. rice and myself have warbonnet black birds and dameon has a travel hammock. our set ups and rigging are vastly different though.
Originally Posted by qm1pooh
keep an eye out in the trip planning section or plan one yourself. ground sleepers are welcome.