Originally Posted by Sidewinder
Ok you convinced me. I'm going with the peapod, just trying to determine how much overstuffing will help me get to 0*F. I asked Dale if the under stuff could be placed just on the bottom, since at those temps I will always have some sort of top quilt.
Getting excited about the idea of winter camping. Never done that in a hammock before. Sounds like I need to get more clothing too!
I convinced you?
I didn't mean to do that! I mean, I have like my PeaPod experience and all, but I wouldn't try to convince someone over another approach, cause I also love
a JRB MW4 on a bridge, and I still don't think a HHSS is all that shabby.
But I do think you will like it, though you won't really have anything else to compare with. And it does have it's pros which are hard to beat, like the equiv of a good mummy bag when it comes to built in head warmth. Assuming it does not bother you to cinch 'er down with just a tiny vent.
And as you are getting it anyway, the versatility is really hard to beat. Here are two other tricks hard to match with most systems:
1: movable down head to middle to foot. So, If you are already using a good separate thick hood and maybe a leg pad so that you don't need so much loft under your feet, you can push most of the down towards the center, to really max out the loft around your middle. Doing this, I can get way more than the rated loft at particular spots. And wearing booties inside a sleeping bag with a leg pad, I probably don't need much of the pod loft there anyway.
2: With a narrow Claytor hammock- with which I can lay comfy on my side- (maybe some other hammocks also) I can rotate the pod after I turn so that the vent is right in front of, or a little below, my mouth/nose. I have my head propped on the edge of this hammock, so my condensing breath goes right out to the ground. And several inches of loft will be laying down right on the side of my head/neck. I'm here to tell you this is about as warm as you could wish.
Considering heat rises, there won't be much cold air coming in or going out of the vent. I think you can see why drafts will not be a problem with this technique! And I could of course close it down even more.
But I was really hoping you would get the PolarPod and tell what that thing is like!