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    Quote Originally Posted by Gary from Yonkers View Post
    Hmm... But since they're not full-length, do they not require a supplemental pad to keep one warm? (A recent thread wherein this point is mentioned can be found here.) The pad, being yet another thing to carry, seems like a pain in the butt. Also, as I tend to move about when I sleep, I figured the pad would shift throughout the night. Do you find these thing to be the case in you personal experience?
    My normal pack (GG Gorilla) already has a GG sitlite pad as part of its backpanel, so nothing extra to carry. Once in place (particularly in a dbl layer WBBB) it doesn't shift. The WB Yeti 3 season UQ with any sort of pad under the knees/feet is good to freezing or so. The Te-Wa 3 season is similar. The lighter weight and smaller bulk of the 2/3 UQ is a good reason to choose that option. ANY UQ will be more satisfactory (IMO) than any full-length pad.
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    Be sure you go to strapworks http://www.strapworks.com/ and under straps and tie downs go to their simple sling and order yourself two straps from 15 to 20 feet long for those redwoods. I'm in Santa Rosa and I camp in the Redwoods and use them all the time.

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    After reading all the most excellent advice and comments to your question there is not much more I can add except for the following. No matter what you pick for your "first and most perfect" hammock system, if you are like the rest of us you will be hooked on gear. As your hammocking experience evolves you will try/buy/do it yourself many different styles and combinations of gear.

    I personally have approximatly 8 different set ups ( all DIY ) that I use for different times of the year and expected weather conditions. I live in the Pacific northwest and know what you mean by WET coast. They vary from down to synthetic and all have a place depending on specific situations.

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    Quote Originally Posted by slowhike View Post
    A larger silnylon tarp is still pretty light, & if you can spare the extra bucks, there are even lighter tarps available. Cannibal has one.
    Ummmm, you're going to have to be more specific; which one?

    Quote Originally Posted by salmonofdoubt View Post
    What!?? There's a synthetic Yeti???? I must know more...
    Used to be. Sadly, they are only in down these days. There are a handful of us that have one, but we are few and far between. Great synthetic solution!

    As for insulating lower legs and feet, I've gone to just using my pack under my legs; keeps em warm and provides a very nice knee break. Zero weight trade-off, just pure weight savings.
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    Quote Originally Posted by salmonofdoubt View Post
    What!?? There's a synthetic Yeti???? I must know more...
    I just slept in one last night.The best thing about it is you add or subtract layers of Climashield according to the season. But as TAK said, they are no longer available. It would make a good DIY project though.
    For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us....that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by slowhike View Post
    Trying to remember if any of the currently available under quilts are synthetic. Any one thinking of one?
    The KAQs are syn. My favorite is the New River, but then I can only compare it to the prototype from a sleeping bag Mfg original I have that is a bit thin.

    OR, if you can sew, a Ray Way quilt can be made into a UQ with ease.


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    Quote Originally Posted by beep View Post
    My normal pack (GG Gorilla) already has a GG sitlite pad as part of its backpanel, so nothing extra to carry. Once in place (particularly in a dbl layer WBBB) it doesn't shift. ...
    I want mine to be easy to "shift" when I desire, so I never put mine in the pad pocket anymore. Last night, if I went to my side, there would always be a cold spot on a knee or some where. But I would just shift the pad as needed to cover the offending spot, and back to sleep.

    But it reminded me there is a major convenience factor to a full length like a JRB MWUQ or Speer PeaPod, you are always covered no matter how you turn. The down side? Weight. I guess bulk about evens out, once you count the leg pad back in.
    For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us....that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now.
    Romans 8:18,21-22

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cannibal View Post
    Used to be. Sadly, they are only in down these days. There are a handful of us that have one, but we are few and far between. Great synthetic solution!
    This begs the question: Are there any 2/3 length synthetic underquilts for sale anywhere?
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    While UQ are great, pads aren't that bad - IF you use them with a double bottom hammock, like the double layered Warbonnets or Mosquito Hammocks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by salmonofdoubt View Post
    This begs the question: Are there any 2/3 length synthetic underquilts for sale anywhere?
    Well not today but maybe tomorrow there will be. I have gotten a couple of requests to do a KAQ fractional design. One yesterday actually, I have 2 quilts on order that need to be built today and tomorrow to fill outstanding orders. But once they are out I think I could design something that could be ready by the end of the week.

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