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    Quote Originally Posted by hikingdad View Post
    probably not as comfy, but shouldn't you be able to use a pad inside the hammock to extend the range of your UQ? Hope more experienced hangers chime in... this is something I'm interested in too
    Definitely. Or, as Southmark wrote, you can add a space blanket between your hammock and all insulation underneath. (Or you can do both.) Any way this (space blanket) has always worked great for me, but calls for some personal testing. You won't need to suspend it, just fold it or cut it for exact fit to your short UQ and maybe add a stitch or 4 to hold it in place.

    I find that sleeping inside a synthetic bag also adds at least a few degrees to back warmth.
    For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us....that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now.
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    I use a product called insulfleece, perforated mylar with fleece coating on both sides. It's amazing how much this helps. I found it at Hancocks but the local WM carries it also. I put some adhesive velcro dots, hook side, along the edge of the UQ to help keep it in place.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hikingdad View Post
    probably not as comfy, but shouldn't you be able to use a pad inside the hammock to extend the range of your UQ? Hope more experienced hangers chime in... this is something I'm interested in too
    A pad alone is plenty warm - that's what I use all the time, so pad + UQ is bound to be super toasty.

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    BillyBob, the space blanket that you fitted on your uq...is it the flimsy mylar type or is the one that is heavier with grommets.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Girotogo View Post
    BillyBob, the space blanket that you fitted on your uq...is it the flimsy mylar type or is the one that is heavier with grommets.
    I use the flimsy ones that weigh 2 or 3 oz full length. I prefer the Heat Sheet brand like this at $4.50 and 2.5 oz FULL length:
    http://www.adventuremedicalkits.com/...ency%20Blanket

    or if you wanted something bigger for some reason, such as putting all the way around a HHSS pad or UQ--- at 3.5 oz and a whopping $6.50:
    http://www.adventuremedicalkits.com/...ival%20Blanket

    They are a little nicer and quieter, but the cheapest one from Walmart will get the job done, functioning both as a vapor and radiant barrier. You don't need anything heavy. If too heavy it might pull your quilt down causing a gap. All you need is a radiant/vapor barrier, and it does not need to be extra tough.
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    I have one of these from REI http://www.rei.com/product/407106/sp...eather-blanket It is on the heavy side.

    I have a Jarbridge UQ, so should I fold the blanket to fit the UQ or suspend it using something like zing it. If I have to fold the blanket, I should make sure the reflective surface is against the bottom of the hammock. Is this correct or maybe it doesn't make a difference?

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    I found using one of those reflective car sun shades works well to augment an underquilt. They don't really compromise the comfort level of the hammock either. They easily add 15F or so in warmth IMO, maybe even closer to 20Fish.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Girotogo View Post
    I have one of these from REI http://www.rei.com/product/407106/sp...eather-blanket It is on the heavy side.

    I have a Jarbridge UQ, so should I fold the blanket to fit the UQ or suspend it using something like zing it. If I have to fold the blanket, I should make sure the reflective surface is against the bottom of the hammock. Is this correct or maybe it doesn't make a difference?
    It probably makes a difference. But how much effect is vapor barrier and how much is radiant is up for debate. For the radiant effect, you need the shiny surface towards you.

    You could rig up some sort of suspension. Some people have used space blankets alone as UQs, don't know how that worked. One likely problem is condensation if the SB is not between you and all or most of your insulation. If it is under your legs, but not on top of a quilt, it will be cold. If it is cold, condensation ( when warm vapor from your body contacts the sb ) is very likely. But, if you have a pad (vapor barrier) under your legs anyway? Probably won't happen then.

    If it is not expensive, I would just cut it to fit, and throw in a stitch or 4 to hold it in place. You want it snug against your hammock to keep it warm. Ironically, if I keep my radiant(SB) or vapor barrier warm, they keep me warm. Very warm, as well as keeping my UQs dry. ( That's how it works for me any how, I hear it does not work for every one)
    For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us....that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by olddog View Post
    I use a product called insulfleece, perforated mylar with fleece coating on both sides. It's amazing how much this helps. I found it at Hancocks but the local WM carries it also. I put some adhesive velcro dots, hook side, along the edge of the UQ to help keep it in place.
    As a follow up to my earlier post. I used the insulfleece and my single layer poly batting UQ down to around 25 degrees at the 2nd Annual Florida Hang. Very comfortable until nature called about 3:00 am.
    Most of us end up poorer here but richer for being here. Olddog, Fulltime hammocker, 365 nights a year.

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    How about cutting an extra piece of pad to put inside the foot box of your TQ to extend the foot end? Or wrap a down jacket around the foot end with the sleeves pulled in.
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