so for fun I try to see how cold of weather I can hammock in comfortably, coldest I've gotten this year is 15 degrees F 25mph winds
I've learned I have to keep my pillow inside my bag or it gets very wet from it hitting the dew point? and if I don't break camp in the morning I have to leave the bag unzipped or it will stay warm inside and get wet from condensation too...
I just switched to hammocks this year I'm using this gear for winter:
panda 8 degree bag / hammock, synthetic duraloft fill
north face 40 degree bag, synthetic polarguard fill?
thermarest full size pad
kelty noah 9 tarp
it's working pretty well for me so far, I am very warm and comfy inside the pod, don't want to get out in the morning, I'm a bit cramped at times if it's so cold i have to zip it all down but when it's below zero I tend to tuck myself in anyway
so combining those bags, 70-40=15, 8-15=-7 so in theory the bags should survive -7 degrees F? we'll see...
I also usually wear 2 pairs of socks, a cap and coat/ski pants if the forcast is low till I know what I can survive
so I have 2 tech support questions:
occasionaly I wake up and my throat feels dry and swollen, I found some heat exchanging balaclavas that warm the air you breathe in, psolar makes one that I figure might prevent this, anyone else have this occur or tried these?
other question is I noticed there are heavy thermal undergarments like this one are those very effective or are they just for wicking sweat rather than insulating?