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    Senior Member BillyBob58's Avatar
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    With the exception of the Hammocktent 90, when I use thick inflatable pads with non gathered end hammocks, the pad raises the center of gravity and increases the sense of being unstable. it has not really been a problem for me in my Ridge Runner or JRB, but it is noticeable since I like to lean back into the sides of the hammock. These sides are not as deep and supportive when I have a 2.5" pad in any of the bridge hammocks, especially the WBRR. But, I have leaned back into the sides and still not fallen out even when trying slightly to roll out. But, it certainly does not feel as stable. and I can't say for certain that it would not be possible to roll out in my sleep. Using a closed cell foam pad of 1/2" thickness or a bit more does not cause much of problem with the stability. In past years, in my original JRB bridge, in summer or early fall(down south) I would sleep with no UQ or pad. Then if I woke up cold about 4 or 5AM, I would just slip my little torso length and 20" wide WM blue pad (cut down from full size) and go back to sleep toasty until time to get up. Except for added warmth, I never knew it was there.

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    Senior Member Izraelius's Avatar
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    I'm playing around with a closed cell foam pad in my RR. I've tried the therm-a-rest zlite and it worked pretty well, but it's a bit narrow so I also attached my HG Incubator via some modifications to attached to the spreader bars. I'm currently considering the therm-a-rest RidgeRest (which would be a great combo just for the name ) since it is 25" wide...but is only an R2.0. I need to be able to get to 35 degrees F or there about.

    I'd like to be able to just go with a pad for simplicity and weight benefits. Has anyone used any other closed cell foam pads with good success?

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    Ditto to VanillaP

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    Quote Originally Posted by Billcole View Post
    Is stomach sleeping possible with a pad? I am stomach/side sleeper at home, so I am interested in switching from a gathered end
    I am also a stomach/side sleeper at home. I tried stomach sleeping in my RR with a pad but could never get comfortable enough for a good nights sleep. I mostly sleep in a sort of half back half side position. I highly recommend the Arrowhead Ridgecreek synthetic for an inexpensive but excellent performing underquilt. It does not pack down as small as the down Lynx underquilt but it is half the cost.

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    I second the AHE Ridgecreek XL. I have been using it for a few years now and really like it. Along with my 2QZQ UQ protector and my HG Econ Burrow 20d TQ, it makes up my basic kit. I have a number of options for the colder temps. I usually add a military casualty blanket (folded in half) into the sleeve. When backpacking, I bring along a Sea to Summit Thermolite Reactor. For canoe camping, I prefer a wool blanket (Woolly Mammoth Woolen Company) as an additional layer. I also have the Spindrift Sock if the temps and/or weather are more severe.

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    I ended up ordering a 20 degree Lynx and a cheap air pad off amazon. The pad is a 25"x75"x2.5" vertical baffle pad. I am using the pad for insulation, just structure.

    On a side note, I bought a inflatable pillow because I don't think my down pillow is enough for a bridge hammock. Look up Hikenture pillow if you're in the market.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Billcole View Post
    Other than the R value, does the thickness and design of a air mattress make any difference in a bridge hammock?
    A 25 in pad totally removes any shoulder squeeze, eliminates any discomfort caused by your legs / knees being dug into by the side channel webbing, and just turns it from laying on a somewhat hard sheet of tightly stretched fabric to a soft comfy sleeping on a cloud experience.

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