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    Pushing the Limit on 3-Season Gear

    I had a great hike on the Pigeon Roost Trail in NW Arkansas Saturday. I was jonesin' to try out my Warbonnet Mamajamba and my 40 degree Phoenix 3/4 underquilt. The plus 50 degree day diminished to a sub freezing evening and I was to learn the value of seasonal-appropriate gear. Still, hangin' is hangin' and hangin' is fun.


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    nice report
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    Nice report. I've pushed my 40 degree Phoenix down to high 20's and with a good foot pad was fine- not exactly warm, but not quite cold either.

    Good luck to you as you learn to use the gear.
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    You might want to consider Pauls new flame thrower socks from Arrowhead equipment.
    might be the perfect solution for 3/4 underquilt users.
    http://arrowheadequipment.webs.com/a...s/show/2837445
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    Fun report. Been there, with cold feet myself. It's like you said, a process. There are plenty of tricks out there, with no wrong answers, just differant paths to take. Keep that smile on and enjoy the ride, even if your feet are a little on the cold side.

    Besides, the expression goes: "cold feet, warm heart!"
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    Adding A Pad

    I've found my Hammock Gear quilts are conservatively rated as well.

    I bought a Gossamer Gear thinlight pad for a cheap way to bump up the warmth of my quilts. The pad also serves as my pack frame and sit pad.

    A couple good options for warm feet:

    Kind of cold: http://www.integraldesigns.com/produ...ail.cfm?id=681
    Really cold: http://40below.com/products_detail.php?ProductID=7%22
    Last edited by WebsterJ; 12-21-2011 at 17:11.

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    Quote Originally Posted by russmay View Post
    You might want to consider Pauls new flame thrower socks from Arrowhead equipment.
    might be the perfect solution for 3/4 underquilt users.
    http://arrowheadequipment.webs.com/a...s/show/2837445
    Just got them. Can't wait to try them out

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    main thing I do when stretching the limits of my setup is to stick a hot water bottle between my legs - warms the blood in the femoral artery and the warm blood warms my feet nicely

    other things I do is to always put a piece of CCF pad under my heels and make sure my socks are dry or if questionable do without socks in the bag - actually better for keeping the feet warm in the bag than wearing socks IMO- kinda like the difference between gloves (socks separating the feet) and mittens (feet together warming each other)

    just in general when temps get cold I also put my pack liner (a contractor's trash bag) between the UQ and the hammock - this helps reduce heat loss due to wind and convection

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    Cold Feet......if your not wearing your parks but it over the hammock foot end. works great.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shug View Post
    Cold Feet......if your not wearing your parks but it over the hammock foot end. works great.
    Shug the Warm-footed.
    A great idea, but not workable on a hammock with netting attached, like a Hennessy or Blackbird.

    I always have a down jacket with me, either a very light down liner in the summer, or a heavier, warmer down jacket in colder weather, and have often thought it would be the perfect answer for use as bottom insulation under my lower legs and feet, allowing me to use a 3/4 underquilt. I envision something made of netting and a bit of elastic to be used to hold a jacket up against the bottom of the hammock, like a mini UQ. Even in the case shown in your photo, it would seem more efficient to keep all of the down jacket under the hammock where it is needed, since your TQ provides the needed top insulation to your feet.

    I am not a DIY gear maker so don't really know how easy or difficult something like this would be, but to my uninformed mind it seems like it would be rather easy. Judging by the plethora of ideas and innovations I see here at HF, I'm guessing somebody has probably tried this and knows why it is not practical, but I haven't come across the reason.
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