So I couldn't wait anymore, I decided that I needed to get out in my new WBBB and try it out, see how it felt and if I liked it or not. First I suppose I should say, I LOVED it. This was a bit intimidating to me because I don't have all the gear I would like to be comfortable in my hammock in Ohio in January. I'll list what I did have as far as gear and clothing and let you know how things went.
Hammock- WBBB 1.1 Double
Sleeping bag- Koppen Viggo 20* synthetic bag
Sleeping pad-Thermarest Basecamp
Thats all I had as far as hammock insulation, as you can imagine a 5.2 pound synthetic monster that takes up half my pack isnt ideal, but I figured it would work to at least try out the hammock.
As far as what I was wearing.
Hanes cotton boxer briefs
Dickies long johns, tops and bottoms
2 pairs of hanes regular size socks
Long sleeved athletic dry fit shirt
Columbia Porters Peak 700 fill down jacket
So I set up the hammock, something I'm getting more used to, it took me much less time to make the adjustments and get the right height and position in between tree's. I had the thermarest basecamp semi inflated, and layed it at an angle so the bottom rested in the footbox. I then layed the koppen viggo on top of that. I layed in the hammock wearing everything I went out in except hiking shoes which I took off before I got in the hammock.
The first 30 minutes were amazing. Being surrounded by all the fluffy down in my jacket, and the sleeping bag and I was asleep in no time. I was asleep for about 20 minutes and then some young hikers were being really noisy and woke me up. After that I tried to fall asleep again but found that overall I was getting chilly. It wasn't any specific spot on me, but moreso being cold overall. My feet weren't bad in just the two pairs of socks, and I didnt notice any spot on my backside that was worse than anywhere else. So after another 10 minutes of realizing I had cooled down, I called it a succesful test run and packed up and went home.- it was 28* outside BTW
I'm just wondering what all I need to be wearing in addition to what I listed to have a comfortable hang. I understand an UQ would help out but I'm sticking to the pad for now untill I make the big move. I desperately need a new TQ or down sleeping bag because the one I have is just so big and heavy, but again in the meantime do I just need to layer more?
Sorry for being so long winded, thanks in advance for any replies!