Originally Posted by TeeDee
but I haven't heard of too many people that changed from an SS to something else. There are a few out there, but most folks are so happy with it that they stick with it for good.
Pretty funny, TeeDee! Except this part - I've read more people who switched away from SS to underquilts than vice versa! Point taken, though.
The lightest and most convenient I've found so far is the insulated hammock. IMO, space blankets aren't very convenient anyway - they crinkle, they're noisy, not very durable, they flake after use, etc. I haven't used the more expensive ones though - they might last longer. But, JMHO, the ones I've looked at aren't worth the hassle.
Bumblebee metaphor doesn't work - the bees have done a pretty good job of isolating exactly what makes them fly. Countless kids have proven the concept by taking the wings off of grasshoppers and butterflies. I haven't seen a single hammocker isolate space blankets as the cause of their warmth. Which was my point - everyone draws conclusions from their experiences every day...figuring out which conclusions are RIGHT will make you a smart person though. And FWIW, I'm questioning both sides of the argument...and basically agreeing with you that we need hard(er) real-world test data.
Slowhike - I did read the BPL article some time ago. IIRC, the down dried much faster than they anticipated. I don't remember how the wet loft compared though.
And the half-space blanket idea is one good approach to add. Have to put plastic or silnylon down the other side so the VB effect remains the same on each side.
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