HOT weather under quilts
Here in South Carolina, now that we're staring down the loaded barrel of February we're getting geared up for summer...which starts in March.
Summers here get up into the hundreds, which I'm sure is par for the course for lots of different parts of the world. That said, most of my hangs have taken place in late fall and winter and thus, I'm ill prepared for what awaits me in the hot, steamy months ahead.
What do you use (if anything) as an underquilt in the summertime? Are they mostly just good as bite-deterrents from creepy-crawlies, or do they serve a purpose beyond that?
Guide me, learned ones.
All I use in the 75+ nights is a double layer to help keep the skeeters off. It gets pretty steamy here in the mid south too.
I find that a 3 season quilt (of whatever make you prefer) is usable even in HOT weather.
It's not unlike sleeping on a mattress, which has a high R value. As long as you can vent on the sides and top, it's not a problem to be warm underneath. And that certainly is better than waking from a chill in the wee hours, even in summer.
I normally don't use an UQ in the summer here in FL unless I know the bugs are bad then I just run it loose basically a skeeter shield .
I've tried going bare-bottom, and, without fail, I wake up cold. I use a summer weight KAQ that Paul ginned up.
Plus one on that ... my 3 season Crow's Nest works great in the summer ... just needs a little venting and you're good to go.
Originally Posted by angrysparrow
I started out with UQ that I made from Poncho Liner tied up with shock chord,,now have 50 degree Jarbige that AHE makes,,very light,,makes a great summer quilt and is 58 inches long.
When the nights are going to be above 70* F, I usually don't put anything on the bottom of the hammock. However, I do carry my poncho and a ~4 oz space blanket to use as a semi-Garlington insulator if needed.
I show off how I do that in this thread (video in post # 3; I start in on my set up at about 8:15).
I find that the semi-Garlington is good down to about 50* F for me; for most folks, I'd say somewhere between 55* and 60*. But...at an extra 4 oz over my normal gear, it's definitely the lightest way to go for under insulation during the summer months (at least, it is for me).
Hope it helps!
I use a double layer hammock and then use an UQP and that usually works great. I can push it to the side if it gets warm. When it gets SC hot, I stay home in the air conditioning. :eek: :lol:
Sometime I lay a poncho liner inside the double layer.
My first hang was at Santee the first weekend in September. The first night, we all sweltered...just begging for some airflow underneath the hammocks. The second night, we got a rain storm and the temps dropped causing us all to grab something to stay warm. I used a pad and it was ample. My suggestion would be to use the PLUQ that you have.(I think you have one, don't you?) It should be plenty warm enough for any SC summer nights. You can suspend it and push it aside unless you need it. You DL hammock is probably all you need for bug protection from the bottom, I'd think, if you soak it in permethrin. Of course, if you are using an enclosed bugnet, you don't have to worry about bugs getting to your backside.