LazyCamper, are you, like Ducttape ( and Neo, both with pads in Claytor hammocks) one of those lucky souls who are just as comfy with a pad as with an UQ, or you feel your hammock and pad is about as comfy as the hammock with no pad except for the cold thing? Or close enough?
If so, then why would you ever consider an UQ? For most of us hangers, comfort is about 90% of the reason we went to hammocks. And for most of us, a pad is just not as comfy, even if it is still a lot more comfy than a pad on the ground. But comfort is the biggest reason folks don't like ( or even hate) pads. What about it Cannibal? Bulky comes in 2nd place, way less of an issue depending on what size and type of pack you are using. ( and by comfort I am including the sweat issue some have)
I find pads significantly less pleasant to use in most hammocks, way less of an issue with my JRB bridge. I have often been tempted to switch to pads in my bridge, the comfort is so close. So why- even if comfort is close - would I be tempted to switch, and why are pad users the lucky ones( if they are happy enough with their pads? )? Because pads are:
1: way less expensive, down right cheap!
2: way more durable. Hard to hurt CCF, and even inflatables can be patched. rip a hole in a 900 FP down UQ miles from the car, and it is a bad day in so many ways! ( not likely, but possible )
3: No fiddle factor ( assuming you can stay on your pad). Not so with UQs, just look at all the threads that are like: " Help, I was cold at 40 in my 20F UQ, what am I doing wrong?". Seen many threads like that? Sure Y'all have!
3: ~ windproof. ( UQs are not the least windproof, and see this current thread: http://www.hammockforums.net/forum/s...ad.php?t=65859 )
4: ~ water proof.
5: probably lighter, if bulkier, for a given temp.
6: You are all set for any go to ground or shelter floor emergency
7: you probably already have some sort of pad with you anyway, as a sit pad or a frame for some packs.
8: multiple use item
Now if a person fit into the category of plenty comfy on a pad and bulk is not a big deal ( and most will not ), why would you fix what a'int broke? But for most of us it just is not as comfy, and that's the main point for this hammock thing, so we will just find a way to live with out those 8 pad pros! We will just suck it up!