Returning from Mt Rogers left me with some thoughts about my approach to my hammock gear setup.
Personally, I like to have enough gear to keep me warm and dry in most conditions. One of the things I like most about using my hammock is breaking things down to only what is necessary. This is hard to do every time I see a great new piece of gear.
Here are the things I want, but don't think I need.
My tarp now only uses four stakes. Most winter tarps use from six to ten. I think I've had my hex in enough adverse conditions that it has proven to be enough to keep me dry, even in some heavy wind driven rains. A winter tarp or a tarp with add on doors is a lot of extra weight and stakes and linework for more wind and rain protection, but as we saw this weekend, nothing defeats quantum fog. We were all equally moist in that. I think I'll stay with a basic tarp.
I know a lot of people use these, and there have been times I lay awake concerned about all of that yummy down so close to the elements. But a quilt bag carries a lot of vapor concern. a lot of people go further to add a vapor barrier between them and the quilt. I'm sure there are plenty of opinions about vapor transport and underquilts. I feel like my underquilt and hammock transport vapor away pretty well. I don't use a vapor barrier, and sweat as much as the next guy, but my quilt seems to stay dry.
I think the best thing here is good DWR treatment on the outside of your quilts.
These are the things I didn't think I would need or want, but would wouldn't go without now
The first time I heard of these I thought the whole concept was a little esoteric. Pad works pretty good.
Then I tried one and hammocking was a whole new ball game. I've gone with full body length and I can flop any old way in my hammock and never hit a cold spot
I actually don't have one of these yet, and have been sleeping in a 0 down bag on my underquilt. I thought a top quilt with a foot box would have me fiddling and tucking edges all night. Somebody, I think it was Stormcrow, suggested trying my down bag as a topquilt by just unzipping it all of the way and flipping it over. I don't think I've ever been as comfortable. Sleeping bags are fine for the first ten minutes until you then try to get it just right, struggling and pulling and tugging. All of that goes away with a topquilt. As soon as I win the lottery again, I'm calling Adam and getting the finest overstuffed ripstop wrapped hungarian goose down topquilt money can buy
These are the things I didn't think I would need or want, And still don't
Bug net or enclosure of any kind
Here's what I have now and I think it's just about as spare and perfect as it can be. Gets me down below zero and keeps me plenty dry
Hennesy Hex Fly 70d PU
Tree Hugger/Whoopie combo suspension
Zero SB(soon to be Burrow)
What are the things you......
A. Want but don't need
B. Didn't think you'd need but now wouldn't go without
C. Things you never wanted and still don't