Originally Posted by Deep Thought
I tried the stock Deep Jungle XL with the reflector pad on a windy and snowy 0 degree night (32F). I had to bail around 2AM when it became pretty uncomfortable on the underside.
I could have added my jacket, clothes, etc. under me, but I was interested in finding out my personal limits with the reflector pad.
Thought: Much in the same way you want to use a foam mat under an air mattress in freezing temperatures, a thin foam pad under the reflector pad would probably do wonders. At 2am, with the wind blowing under my hammock, the air-filled reflector pad felt more like a heat sink than a heat reflector.
I will have to try the thin foam cover one day soon.
It also shows the importance of test hanging where you have a warm place to bail out. I may have been able to tough it out, but simply surviving the night does not constitute a successful hang in my books.
That is exactly how to do a test, where you can safely bail once the temps or conditions become unpleasant. But the same conditions would be unsafe miles from the nearest shelter or your vehicle.
So apparently your tarp was not adequately blocking the wind, and you were dealing with a wind chill that was way below freezing? You mention the "foam cover" which sounds like the HH Super Shelter? That sil-nylon UC does a good job of making up for a less than perfect tarp pitch and helping with wind chill. I think of the HHSS as being adequate for me to about freezing. But, adding a thick fleece jacket and down vest under the HH foam pad ( instead of wearing them) I staid warm - with no tarp - in a wind chill of about 6F. Actual temp was about 14F. Wind chill can really suck your warmth right out of even the thickest UQ.