Truly, I never tried doing the pad thing since I am dedicated UQ guy. I guess I should try it with one of my old Thermarests or a piece of CC pad. I just hate having to take extra stuff with me when I hike. I'll get it out of the hammock box and see what happens when I hang it and try those additions.
Just be sure and use a wide pad if you can. All you need is torso sized. Again, I'm not sure if a CCF will open it up as much as an inflatable, or even at all. Maybe if it is thick enough. I'm looking forward soon to trying it with one of those wide TR Neoairs. Good luck! Hope you can get it to where it does not hurt your neck fusion!
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