I'm new to hammocking and insulation requirements, so please forgive any ignorance that may show through in this post.
I working on picking out my first gear setup and have settled on the Warbonnet Blackbird (WBBB). I stumbled across your line of gear via the Tensegrity Stand thread and found the IX Sock for the WBBB as well as the IXUQ. It occurred to me that you could actually put together an entire insulation system with your various offerings where you add components to increase insulation needs as the temperature drops. My only difficulty is I'm not quite sure just how much insulation would be provided at each stage. Here is what I thought a preliminary listing would look like:
- IX Hammock Sock, 60+ F
- IX UQ, 40+ F
- IX UQ + Hammock Sock, 32+ F
- IX Insert, IX UQ, IX Hammock Socket, 20+ F
Any advice and experience you can offer about what level of insulation is needed at each temperature range would be great! I know as a newbie, I would love to see more of this type of information provided on the different manufacturers' websites.
I'm ignoring top quilt/top cover needs at the moment and will need to work that out. Would love suggestions in that area for what would work best with the WBBB. I have a decent cold weather sleeping bag and thought that would be a good start to the top part of the insulation equation.
I was also hoping to know how the IX products might be affected if they get wet, say to spraying rain coming in under the tarp due to high winds. Might affect whether I would want to get the UQ with a cover or not. Is the Shamu cover water repelling/proof?
Many thanks! Looking forward to developments with the Tensegrity stand as well as my yard as exactly 1 tree in it.