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    I would say the smaller the hammock sock, the better. The heat inside the sock. Comes from only one source - you! Just like snug sleeping bags are warmer than loose bags, even at the same loft, a smaller sock means you have less air to heat up with your body.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MAD777 View Post
    I would say the smaller the hammock sock, the better. The heat inside the sock. Comes from only one source - you! Just like snug sleeping bags are warmer than loose bags, even at the same loft, a smaller sock means you have less air to heat up with your body.
    I agree. That leads to a question: How small is too small? My instincts tell me that some air space is desirable (i.e. not touching), but I don't know that.
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    I make fitted socks that barely touch the UQ. That way, the sock serves to eliminate issues of fit, and acts as a gentle helping hand for the suspension of the UQ.

    Recently, I've begun making the bottom of the sock expandable, so that you can take it in or let it out, depending on how much UQ you have to cover.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oldgringo View Post
    I agree. That leads to a question: How small is too small? My instincts tell me that some air space is desirable (i.e. not touching), but I don't know that.
    Okay, I'm bumping this, because I really want to know: if the sock touches the hammock or quilts, will there be conductive heat loss? Is it a factor?
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    The papa smurf hammock sock seems to leave more than enough room not touching UQ when I have it setup with a HG winter phoenix on a traveler hammock.

    I'll be testing this weekend..

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    ....and Gore-Tex ( Goretex) bivy covers fro USM sleep systems

    So great is the taste for these in new and fully waterproof condition, those repaired ones are available for a song in the surplus market. 68" circumference as shoulder and hips, tapering to 38" at the foot.

    About 80" long, with all the physical properties of expensive Gore-Tex, a draft flap with snaps, and a fine double YKK zipper to boot.

    Get a partner / helper to pin one to a custom taper with you and UQ in the hammock the bivy sack is to be fit to. Get out, and trim to reduce fabric and weight, if desired.
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    Quote Originally Posted by oldgringo View Post
    if the sock touches the hammock or quilts, will there be conductive heat loss?
    Yes.

    But, to me, that is a strange question to be asking about a material that is a relatively poor conductor, so much so that it has been called an insulator.

    When the sock nylon touches the UQ, it becomes part of the overall resistance to heat transfer that is the UQ-System. Heat most definitely is passing all the way through that UQ-System via conduction. Therefore, the sock material will be the last layer in the overall conductive heat loss across the UQ-System.

    However, I would rephrase the question: if the sock touches the hammock or quilts, will it add to the overall resistance to conductive heat loss?

    The answer to that question is most definitely, Yes!

    Quote Originally Posted by oldgringo View Post
    Is it a factor?
    No.
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    Just wanted to let everyone know that I posted a review of the papa smurf winter sock in another thread in the Review section.

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    Bump. A good discussion about hammock socks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MacEntyre View Post
    Recently, I've begun making the bottom of the sock expandable, so that you can take it in or let it out, depending on how much UQ you have to cover.
    Shortly afterwards, I made them all permanently expanded.
    Since fit isn't critical in a sock, it doesn't matter if the bottom is a real loose fit.
    They are still "fitted" but they are a real loose fit.
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