Originally Posted by hammock engineer
Wouldn't that be the same risk as using it on the ground as a sleeping bag on a pad, or do you think using it in a hammock would increase it?
There are several factors. In a hammock you and your pads are surrounded by breathable fabric covered on the top side by a tarp with plenty of ventilation. In a tent you are on a bathtub floor that is a vapor barrier that is often mostly enclosed by a tent fly so there is much less air movement to assist in evaporation. Tents in general have more problems with condensation buildup than hammocks.
Then there is the type of pad you are on and whether it contours to you body on the ground as well as it does in a hammock. Next is whether you toss and turn on the ground but stay put all night in one position in a hammock. Then there is what type of wicking material you are using with the pad, if any, or is built into the surface of the pad.
In my experience in tents and hammocks over the years, it is six of one versus half dozen of the other and when I have problems is when it is a muggy, windless night where everything is damp. You have to have movement of drier air to evaporate moisture, if the surrounding air is very near its saturation point it isn't going to help evaporate any moisture. I have waited in the morning sun for a damp tent to dry out from condensation build up overnight where nothing seemed to happen until the direction of the wind changed and then the tent was dry in minutes as if by magic because the humidity of the air changed. But obviously you have other people that have the opposite experience where they almost always have problems with it in hammocks but seldom when sleeping in a tent.