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    Senior Member Fiddleback's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by raiffnuke View Post
    That will depend on where you will be experiencing winter conditions...

    FL winters are much different from MA winters...etc....

    My setup gets me to the low- or mid-20's. But that limits me to a May start and an October end around here. Define the 'winter' conditions, then we can talk sleep systems.


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    Senior Member WV's Avatar
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    southeast WV
    Did you do any winter camping before you took up hammocks? Where you sleep is only part of the picture.

    You can double things up. It's "layering" - just like clothing. Use two top quilts. Put a second hammock under the one you sleep in, with plenty of insulation between. Use an extra poncho or tarp to block the wind from the side or below. Car camp - you can't carry (or pull) all this stuff until you have a good system worked out. Test in your back yard at first.

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    Senior Member BillyBob58's Avatar
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    Tupelo, MS
    Quote Originally Posted by FLRider View Post

    For Florida, at least, two WallyWorld blue CCF pads on the bottom (take the second one, cut it up and add "wings" to the first one; take the remainder and put it where the center of your torso will be on the pad) ......
    IMO, no matter where you camp, pads are the cheapest approach. Even more so since most folks already have pads from their ground days. Some folks here use pads below zero F. The pad just needs to be thick enough for the temp. Pads are also more or less wind proof and water proof, and you are already covered if you are forced to ground for whatever reason.

    I have spent a toasty night with two 20+ year old summer weight pads under me at ~18F, probably as warm as I have been in a hammock. But comfort is an issue for many, as is sweat/condensation. A few are fine with pads in hammocks, but many hate them. I think you will be way better off with a double layer ( pad pocket ) hammock, just makes it easier to deal with the pad, keeping it in place. Though I think Fiddleback does fine with a single layer hammock and a wide pad. The pad will need to be wider than on the ground.

    I think a pad in the pad pocket of a JRB Bridge hammock reduces comfort very little if any ( but also depends on the pad), but in other hammocks I find pads a bit more of a challenge.

    But cheapest? No contest, pads. CCF pads will do fine, because all you need is insulation. You don't need cushioning like when you are on hard ground.

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    New Member Funkyleebasick's Avatar
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    portland, oregon
    eno, for now.
    eno, modified
    diy, mummy bag
    straps and woopie
    getting your hammock ready for winter hanging can get expensive real quick

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