First post, so here's a brief intro (feel free to skip to the question below):
I used to hammock camp as a teen 30-odd years ago (). Back then it was one of those lightweight nylon net hammocks with the sides pulled up and bungie-corded on top, a ccf pad under me, and a tarp wrapped around the hammock like a taco. Worked great, as long as I didn't care about moving. Still those were some of my best nights in the outdoors.
Now I'm grown, have boys of my own, and have started backpacking with them. And these almost-middle-aged bones really hate the ground. So I'm turning back to my hammocking ways.
So far I have:
- Made my own top quilt
- Made a hammock (5' x 10', single-layer 1.9 oz, whipped end)
- Made a silnylon tarp (8' x 10') with self-tensioning lines
- Made whoopie slings and treestraps for suspension
- Made a whoopie-sling structural ridgeline
- Made a bunch of nacrabiners
And so far everything has worked great. And BTW, thanks to all of you for the wealth of knowledge on this forum. Indispensable!
Now my question: Bottom insulation.
I tried a 1/4" extra-wide ccf pad from OWare and fought it all night. Drove me nuts.
In the morning, I woke up having visions of hanging the pad under the hammock underquilt-style. Let's call it an Under-Pad (no relation to urinary incontinence).
This could, in theory, yield a lot of the benefits of an UQ without the weight penalty. Here are my thoughts:
- Sleeping right on the pad does compress it, making it lose some loft; getting it outside of the hammock retains more loft
- Hanging the pad could potentially create a dead air space between me and the pad; i.e. more warmth
- The pad is a natural wind barrier
- The pad could serve as a shelf for more insulation: dead leaves, clothes, etc.
I know I could do a double-layer hammock and slip the pad in there, but for one thing, I don't want the extra weight if I can avoid it, and two, that's still going to compress the pad more than if it hung loosely underneath.
The downside that I see is getting a decent seal around the top of the pad so I don't lose the pocket of warm air.
Now I'm tossing it out to you all. Does this have any hope of working? Anyone tried something like this before?