Originally Posted by ttittle
Yes, you can absolutely use a pad in the 30's I did a couple of times this spring. Probably even lower if you have one thick enough or double them up. I'm moving to an under quilt mostly so I don't want to have anything under me in the hammock. I move around a bit and so does the pad. It's just a personal call. I think most people start with pads since most of us had those for tents. Some people are happy with pads and stick with them. In fact if someone asked me I'd suggest they start with a CCF pad due to the cost savings alone. Once they are sure they are going to stick with it they can always invest more. I don't think you'll get the same rating as for ground use since you are surrounded by air. I've seen a formula for guesstimating what you can get on here but I don't remember it off the top of my head.
Thanks for answering! Sounds like I am mostly good to go on equipment then. Have pads (seems the ground is getting harder and bumpier than I recall it being when I was younger) so I will make the most of those.
I am certainly going to look for that formula to use as a guide for temperature ratings.