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    Senior Member Harstad's Avatar
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    Mother nature mocked my UQ test :)

    I took my family to our cabin for the easter holiday. Having received a new WBBB hammock and UKhammock down UQ recently I was eager to test them.
    Living above the artic circle winter is far from over, temps can vary from -10 to 30 F and there is plenty of snow.



    Test conditions were: Hammock WBBB 1.7 dbl, UKhammocks UQ rated to 5F/-15 C, and a Haglofs sleeping bag as TQ (rated to 20F). I did not deploy the superfly nor used warm water bottles, space blanket etc. This was a test of the UQ/TQ setup.
    I slept in wool underwear with a fleece cap.

    Temp during the day was -2 C / 28 F, so I expected night time temp. to be around -5c (-10C at most).

    I set up the hammock in "porch mode"



    I am using Ukhammocks triangle thingys to attach the UQ. This being the second time I use it I am still in the trial-and-error phase.


    The triangle thingys are attached to the hammock by friction , I just slipped the shockord knot inside the whipping and it seems secure.


    The UKhammocks uq seems to be of good quality, with 900 FP down and box wall construction. The color is olive green both inside and outside - I prefer earth colors but would have liked different color inside-outside to easier identify correct mounting.




    The mocking part?

    I went outside at midnight, after trying to convince my wife that I was not insane not quite succeeding A clear night with the milky way and the moon above me. Starting temperature was - 8 C / 17 F and everything just fine.

    At 2 am I woke up, feeling a bit cold. Adjusted the UQ and sleeping bag and went back to sleep. At 4 am I had woken several times because I felt chilled. Checked the thermometer and it was - 18.8 C / -2F.

    I resigned and went inside to my wife




    I could have slept outside all night if I had no choice. But a heated cabin was to tempting.
    I chose not to augment the test conditions but would have used a warm water bottle, down jacket, space blanket and tarp etc in real life.

    I didn't get any specific cold spots, but my sleeping setup was not adequate in the temperature I encountered.

    Conclusion:

    Now I need a decent top quilt
    If I die, my biggest fear is that my wife will sell my gear for what I told her I paid for it.

    I am learning from my mistakes, so I can make better and bigger mistakes.

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    New Member STOCKHOLM-SYNDROME's Avatar
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    As long as there is something to hang off you cant beat hammocks .
    You have got to give it a try , how else will you know if your gear and YOU can do the job it is rated for .
    What is the worst thing that can happen ,YOU FREEZE TO DEATH , well dont worry about that I am sure your wife will have ample life insurance on you so dont worry .
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    Senior Member 2Tall's Avatar
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    Nice report, hang in there! Maybee have the Mrs. come out and help you tune in the UQ, checking for gaps etc. Also in those conditions a Top cover may helpsome as well. Your tarp will also help block some drafts. Love your Signature, thats hilarious.
    Sticking feathers up your butt does not make you a chicken!

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    Senior Member BillyBob58's Avatar
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    What a beautiful place you live in!

    Well, you were 7 below the UQ rating and 22 below the TQ rating, so not bad results!
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    Looks like a pretty good setup. You were several degrees under the temp rating for your gear.

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    Man that is the best porch mode setup that I have seen

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    Senior Member ShadowAlpha's Avatar
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    Beautiful place! And good testing. Thx for sharing your pics

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    On your second picture, the pic with the whole porch, at first glance it looks like there's someone in a blue jumper standing behind your hammock, however on further inspection it seems they have no legs.. xD

    Good to hear some feedback on UK Hammocks, I'll wander onto their shopping page one day..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beansprout View Post
    On your second picture, the pic with the whole porch, at first glance it looks like there's someone in a blue jumper standing behind your hammock, however on further inspection it seems they have no legs.. xD
    That's what I was thinking too.

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    Very nice views. I think I could put up with it
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