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    Newbie question

    I am new to hammock camping and plan on getting a WBBB hammock and a SWT after getting back into hiking and hauling around a tent my last few ventures. My question is how important is an underquilt for spring/summer/fall camping? I'm trying to reduce weight and wondered if this is a necessity.

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    Yes, you got to have some kind of bottom insulation, unless temps are higher than 75*. I didn't believe I could get cold at summer night time temps in the 60's, not true. A cold tush makes for miserable night. UQ's are the best, pads are okay. Pads tend to get clammy or trap condensation, a covering of some kind allows it to breath some and vent away the moisture. Lots of options here.
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    You don't necessarily need an underquilt, per se, but some type of underside insulation is necessary for most folks around 70*F and below. There are plenty of folks here who choose to use a pad year round, even in winter and stay warm with it. Personally, I'm an underquilt kinda guy and love my Speer SnugFit to death.

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    I use a 1/4 GG pad to about 55F. below that I use a UQ or maybe both UQ and pad. Welcome to HF

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    One of the best tests you can do is.... come summer time, when it's really hot outside, hang up your hammock and see how you do over-night in it. Have something like a military poncho or some kind of blanket (have something) that you can tie under your hammock IF it gets to cold for you. You could actually start these tests when it's still spring, but you will need some type of bottom insulation here. The test would be to find out what temps you could do without the insulation. I've found that I need to have something under me at all temps. Sometimes I'm able to slip it over to the side but during the night, I get cold (& this is for hot humid coastal North Carolina nights) and need that under quilt. You will need to test to see what temps you'll have to use under insulation, we're all different!! Oh, wierd thing I've started to notice from different postings here... people that live in colder temps tend to be able to stand the cold better than us people that live in hotter temps. So someone in a cold region may say they don't need under quilts till it's like 75 or 70 and here I am freezing during the summer if the night time temps go down to 80!! Again, you will need to test to find out your own temp ratings.

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    I personally use a Nest UQ. I've found it's a little tricky to find a good UQ for your Camping Hammock. I found this one online. The site says its 3 season suitable, but I've used it comfortably in moderate winters. But I suppose that depends on where you are. I hate the cold so I never go near camping in cold winters hahaha


    http://www.jacksrbetter.com/Hennessy%20Style%20Under%20Quilts.htm

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    A cheap option is the Kick *** Quilts they are very affordable.



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    Yes, I have the KickAssQuilt ( with added extra insulation ) on my Warbonnet traveler Hammock since last spring and summer. It has kept me warm down to the thirties. Now I have upgraded my system to a Claytor Hammock and a Pea Pod.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TNhitman View Post
    A cheap option is the Kick *** Quilts they are very affordable.



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    Good call. But I prefer "Inexpensive" Cheap is cheap. Paul makes some GOOD stuff!
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    Another vote for the KAQ.

    I don't enjoy camping when it's really cold, so that meets my needs most of the time. On those rare occasions when I need more, I just add a bit of ccf.
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