How low would you attempt to go with a blue Walmart pad?
Is there a cheap option for cold temps?
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we all have used pads at some point in time
lowest i would use a CCF pad is 35 degrees....maybe 30
anything lower add at least another pad to the setup
when i first started out i used a truck window shade with a 40 x20 inch piece of CCF the ccf pad was held in place by Velco....it worked pretty good...and since the TWS would fold up it packed down pretty small for what it was
my buddy has my old setup and uses it to this day with no problems..
lowest i took that was maybe 28-30 degrees ...
if you can find yourself a SPE ...if you are going to use pads the SPE is the way to go
the only bad part of pads is fighting to get on them and stay on them
once you get some cash saved up ...and get an UQ...you will never look back
It puts the Underquilt on it's hammock ... It does this whenever it gets cold
I've used the truck window shade thing, don't, I repeat, DON'T use it in the summer months, you will wake up doin't the backstroke!!
I have been down to 11 deg F and was not cold. Had an old sleeping bag, not sure of the rating and a wool blanket and was warm all night. I agree that keeping the pad in place on a gathered end hammock is a pain. Like Shrek I do not have a UQ budget. Some day but not soon.
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people often underestmate the warmth of a blue walmart pad b/c of the general badness of it. i mean, it's ugly blue, bulky, and costs $6. it can't work well right? wrong. i admit it is not as comfy as just my hammock alone, but i've used a blue pad + big agnes inflatable airmat down to single digit windchill (i think it was 15 degrees taht night)
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For only one pad and a down sleeping bag, 23 degrees was miserable. You could double it up and go lower, but that doesn't sound very appealing to me. To each his own, though.
oldgringo's reply to my worrying about owning extra hammocks:
How many pairs of underwear do you own? Do you refer to them as "extras", simply because you're not wearing all of them as we speak?