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    Pad question, can't afford an underquilt

    I just bought a warbonnet blackbird hammock (single) and I can't afford the underquilt because I still have to get a tarp. So I am thinking of buing the 1/4" pad from Gossamer Gear which is light and 30 bucks. Any advice, will it work in 30 degree temps?

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    I too have a 1/4" that GG sales, but in the past I used it for the feet area. Not sure how low it will take you. I do have several friends that use 25" wide Thermarest Ridgerest and I know they have been around 23F with no issues.

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    The 1/4" pad won't quite work for 30F. It's not that wide, as is the GG 1/2 pad or the one Jacks R Better sells. Laying in your hammock you will touch the side and with out this protection you will be cold, especially at 30F.

    I am a warm sleeper. I've used the 1/4" pad with a IX Baby Orca UQ (tttreegear.com) down to the low 40s no problem. Most won't get that much warmth from it.

    If you go with the wider, 1/2" pad, you may get down to some fairly low temps. I have the JRB pad, but use it for my foot box area. Not sure how low it would go by itself under my torso. I doubt much lower than 40F though. Some backyard testing may be in order, once the weather cools.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe Cross View Post
    The 1/4" pad won't quite work for 30F. It's not that wide, as is the GG 1/2 pad or the one Jacks R Better sells. Laying in your hammock you will touch the side and with out this protection you will be cold, especially at 30F.

    I am a warm sleeper. I've used the 1/4" pad with a IX Baby Orca UQ (tttreegear.com) down to the low 40s no problem. Most won't get that much warmth from it.

    If you go with the wider, 1/2" pad, you may get down to some fairly low temps. I have the JRB pad, but use it for my foot box area. Not sure how low it would go by itself under my torso. I doubt much lower than 40F though. Some backyard testing may be in order, once the weather cools.
    From GG website:
    39 x 59 x 1/4 in. ( 99 x 150 x 0.64 cm.)

    More than wide enough in my DIY or Hennesy. I need to clip corners near my head if I decide to use it. (I bought it recently and have not decided yet.)

    If I use mine I will put a pad cover on it. Fleece on one side and light nylon on the other. Sleep on the fleece side with sleeping bag or top quilt pulled over. Add a space blanket under the pad if still cold.

    I usually sleep in shorts or underwear. If it's that cold long wool or polypro heavyweight for sleeping if needed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nothermark View Post
    From GG website:
    39 x 59 x 1/4 in. ( 99 x 150 x 0.64 cm.)

    More than wide enough in my DIY or Hennesy. I need to clip corners near my head if I decide to use it. (I bought it recently and have not decided yet.)

    If I use mine I will put a pad cover on it. Fleece on one side and light nylon on the other. Sleep on the fleece side with sleeping bag or top quilt pulled over. Add a space blanket under the pad if still cold.

    I usually sleep in shorts or underwear. If it's that cold long wool or polypro heavyweight for sleeping if needed.
    I was getting the 1/4" mixed up with the 1/8". sorry. 1/4" is wide enough, still not warm enough by itself to get you down to 30F. Adding the fleece will surely help.

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    I use a WalMart blue pad, cut in half, and laid side by side overlapped to give ca. 30" width torso pad. With a 20 deg bag used as a quilt, feet inside the foot box, I have slept warmly down to 40 deg I was wearing ski pants and a down sweater and watch cap. Woke up feeling too hot in the middle of the night. Picture shows the two pieces tied together with a couple of pieces of string. . I would expect it to be comfortable to freezing at least. second oicture shows it rolled for transport. Weighs 12 oz and straps to outside of pack. Good weight for backpacking.
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    Second thought, if you want to play with a cover you can do more with a couple of Walmart blue ccf pads as insulation and multilayer as required for about the same cost as the plain GG pad. I bought my pad before I heard of UQ's. I also plan on mostly canoeing so wet is an issue. It tends to rain a lot in canoe country. ;-)

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    you can buy the 10 dollar walmart blue ccf pad . maybe 2 of them and you can make the pad wider so it will cover your entire body. also you can make a poncho liner UQ to use with it and that should get you down to the temps your needing to get to here in SC
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