Originally Posted by trouthunter
If I get a double layer WBBB, is it possible to use a Exped synthetic or down mat as insulation between layers?
I understand the compression issue, but will an insulated, inflated pad be compressed in this particular application?
I also assume there is a good reason why most people seem to just use an UQ.
I'm just trying to stay on budget here with as much multi-purpose gear as possible.
Sounds like you already own an insulated mat?? When I first got my hammock, I kept useing my gear from tarp/tent camping. These included Exped DAM mats. I found they worked very well....except for my shoulders (and I'm a girl, guys have even wider shoulders and would probably have an even tougher time keeping warm). But, point is, you can use your tent gear and still sleep quite well. You may or may not have to adjust how much air you fill the mat with. You can also use your sleeping bag but don't try to get inside it and zip it up. Just try opening it and laying it over you and sticking your feet into the foot end.
The reason I switched from a mat under to making my under quilts was becasue of 1, cold shoulders and 2, I roll about and couldn't keep my short Exped 7 mat under me. (I carried the short for backpacking). #2 was the main reason I switched, I could wrap something around my shoulders to stay warm but waking up all night long due to not being on the mat because I'm cold.... that had change.
Oh, I also tried an air only mat. Didn't work. No insulation. Was cold!!!