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    Full length vs. 3/4?

    I obviously know that 3/4 are cheaper and lighter in a pack, but do most of you prefer the 3/4 length? What is the proper thing to do for keeping legs warm when it comes to a 3/4 quilt?

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    I doubt that it is "most of us", but certainly those of us that use partial length underquilts are a notable presence here on HF.

    I would guess that most folks use a small pad that has been cut to fit, or suffice, under the legs to insulate them. Personally, I simply use my pack. I don't remove the pad that helps act as an internal frame, I just toss the pack in and go to sleep. Kinda need the right kind of pack to do this, buy my ULAs fit the bill perfectly. The extra bulk of the pack also gives me a nice knee-break, which I like very much!
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    I like a 3/4...you can see the foot pad stuff at around the 10 minute mark.
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    thanks for the help and info guys!

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    I'm only 5' 7" and use a Phoenix 3/4 which for me is nearly full length anyway. One of the advantages of being shorter

    I haven't used it a single time but plan on carrying a small piece of 1/4 closed cell black foam I bought from the foam factory. It weight next to nothing. It also doubles as a "sit" pad when taking a break along the trail and there isn't a clean surface to sit on. For my head, I'm going to be buying a small pillow. that plus a hat will take care of that end. another idea I'll try after the heat waive is to use my rain suite under my feet/calves. I always have that anyway so if that works I'm good.

    Carrying a small piece of pad big enough to cover the area under your feet/calves is a LOT easier than any use of regular pads without an UQ. I've also learned that thicker isn't better. I bought some 1/2" stuff but it's more rigid in the hammock and wants to shift out from under you more than 1/4 inch. Plus the 1/4 inch is easier to roll and you can carry more of it for less bulk. It's also suprising how warm 1/4 closed cell foam is.

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    depending on your height the yeti or phoenix for example can be more than sufficient length. I'm 5' 3" -- have both yeti & a phoenix. The phoenix I dont need a foot pad IF really really cold I might stuff any extra gear, pack or clothes by my feet

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    Unless it gets really cold, the foot end of your TQ wraps around your lower legs and helps keep them warm.
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    I do prefer the 3/4 length Phoenix, especially given my manlet height 5'8'', deal with it.

    In the colder months I'll just toss some spare clothes in the bottom of my topquit and that's always worked for me.

    It's hard to beat double layering my merino socks, which keeps my feet nice and toasty.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kermit View Post
    It's hard to beat double layering my merino socks, which keeps my feet nice and toasty.
    That's the winning solution for me: The right wool, balancing heat retention, insulation from the hammock bottom, and perspiration transportation. And they stay unaromatic for days.

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