Originally Posted by rocketBoy
Thanks for the suggestions.
With the Exped or Big Agnes what would you do about preventing cold shoulders? It doesn't seem like the pads would be wide enough by themselves (even the large versions that are 25"-26" wide) and adding some sort of foam wing would add more volume to the setup.
What do you guys think of the air insulated type (Neo Air and Air Core) pads in a hammock? It doesn't seem like they would be nearly as effective as the traditional thermarest that has some foam in it. I'm sure the air pads work fine on the ground but in a hammock when they are compressed and contorted it seems like the wouldn't work very well.
most pads are standard 20", they make XL's that are 25-26". Most people that use inflatables partially inflate so the pad comforms somewhat to the hammock body and your body. They generally work best with hammocks with a pad sleeve or double layer. Problem with something like the Neo-Air is the less inflated the less the R-rating (at least according to the people on WhiteBlaze) Air Core has synthetic insulation inside as do the expeds, they also make ones with down insulation inside for slightly more. Actually quite a few dedicated pad sleepers here. Gets the job done. UQ for straight comfort but versatility, pads are absolutely doable but I'd get a wide if I were you. Most pads are only 20" because something like 80% of people identify themselves as side sleepers. Saves weight.