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    More on comfort and warmth

    I spent two cool nights this weekend feeling cooler than I like with an outside temp of around 60°. Remember, I sleep very cool (I use a medium-light blanket even indoors during the summer), but I was determined to make do with the minimum of protection. I had my SBSBUQ, with which I still have not mastered the suspension, but I only had a fleece mummy liner as a TQ. The second night I added a WalMart foam pad between the UQ and the hammock. I would like to say that it helped, but I was still cool.

    As I gave it all some thought, I began to question if it was really the minimal covering on top or the bottom. I feel the UQ was reasonably snug, if not perfect. Still I woke up 4-5 times during the night feeling cool, especially on my legs and my shoulders. At one point on the second night, I felt as if I was chilled and slightly damp on my back. I am not one to often sweat heavily when I sleep. But I assume this was because the pad was acting as a vapor barrier.

    Another question I have is how do you with a integrated bug screen adjust the UQ on the side opposite the zipper? I think it may have been a little low there (where my shoulders are) and that this may have also contributed to my less than snug experience. Suggestions are welcome.

    On the other hand, I found that I was fairly comfortable with the hammock. I would say that with 3 nights in a hammock, I have slept in slightly greater comfort than while on the ground. However, I am sure that with some guidance and ideas I can improve this experience.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Buffalo Skipper View Post

    Another question I have is how do you with a integrated bug screen adjust the UQ on the side opposite the zipper? I think it may have been a little low there (where my shoulders are) and that this may have also contributed to my less than snug experience. Suggestions are welcome.
    run a line over top of the bug net between the edges of the UQ - to adjust grab line through the bug net and tug or stick your hand out of the zippered side, grab the line and tug - a small loop of shock cord on one end or the other of the line helps keep the line snug

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    Looking at your other thread of the underquilt. You cannot have air gaps at the ends at all. The air that you body heats up will escape too fast. Need to maybe sew a channel in the ends and add some shock card and cord locks to tighten that up.
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    Considering where you live (Florida coast), you have higher humidity than hangers from some areas and are acclimated to higher temps. Both of those contribute to your imperfect situation.

    For using a foam pad, you may need a double layer hammock, or to have the pad on top of the hammock fabric with some fleece between you and the foam to help let some of the moisture escape. I use thin foam (1/8 inch) which is much more flexible and I sleep in synthetic, not cotton clothing, which helps with the moisture but my relative humidity here is still much lower than yours.

    Using an UQ to hold a stiff foam pad does not sound good to me.

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