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    Best lightweight pad

    So I've never used any thing but UQ's for my hammock but our next section of the AT will be the smokies. I'm going to need a pad for the shelters but also want to be prepared with my hammock if the shelters are full. So what's the best option for a lightweight pad? I like the weight of the short xlite but it's only 20" wide. I looked at the Nemo tensor at 25" and 12oz it seems like a good option. Thoughts?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mshanger View Post
    So I've never used any thing but UQ's for my hammock but our next section of the AT will be the smokies. I'm going to need a pad for the shelters but also want to be prepared with my hammock if the shelters are full. So what's the best option for a lightweight pad? I like the weight of the short xlite but it's only 20" wide. I looked at the Nemo tensor at 25" and 12oz it seems like a good option. Thoughts?
    Iíve had good results with a Klymit Inertia O-Zone inflating swiss-cheese holey pad in the hammock. Light (360gm) and rolls to the size of a small drinking bottle. Would be minimally acceptable on the ground for a back-sleeper. (Iím tall and broad-shouldered.)

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    I have been using a Neoair Trekker for several weeks. It is 47x25 and has an R rating of 3.0. I have an extended back pack trip coming up and thought I would take the Trekker instead of the HG Phoenix or AHD Ridgecreek that I also use with my modified Hammocktent Gamma. My thinking is that since it is summer it will be warm enough, it inflates/deflates fast, and it is bomber weather wise.

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    I havenít tried it, but the Klymit Hammock pad looks viable.

    As for actual Trail experience, I would suggest Tim Watson on YouTube. He only uses a pad for his hammock and does so with success.

    https://youtu.be/IzBMwSUYwEE

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mshanger View Post
    I like the weight of the short xlite but it's only 20" wide.
    A lot of folks pick up the large version at 25" wide for this reason, and then cut 'em short for weight savings.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=90Fx6TLNEJQ

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    This weekend I used the Klymit Insulated UL Sl V for the first time, which I got from a HF member. The temperature was in the low 30's, and very breezy, with some rain at night. I did not feel like taking a bunch of down parts for this trip. Using a Hennessy Super Shelter system undercover, and no other under insulation, or thermal reflective material, it performed much better than I expected. However using the Klymit pad by itself did not result in the same warmth as down insulation, but it was not uncomfortable either. This partucular Klymit pad stays put, and probably will be part of my permanant winter hammock group. The insulation material inside the pad re-lofts to about 1/2 " thick after inflation. With a mylar, or other reflective layer, it probably would feel warmer.
    15.9 oz. R value 4.4
    Am looking forward to experimenting with much lower temperatures.

    https://www.klymit.com/insulated-ult...eping-pad.html
    Last edited by psyculman; 10-15-2018 at 05:25.
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