I just got back from my first ever hammock trip and I have some mixed reviews.
First of all, by the time I packed everything I needed (hammock, UQ, Tarp), I wasn't really any lighter than my tent. That was kind of annoying.
The temperatures dipped down in the single digits and even though I didn't plan on sleeping in the hammock all night because I knew I wouldn't be warm enough, I was pleasantly surprised at how warm I was.
Here's the setup I used:
4 layers of clothing including a nice 850 fill down sweater
Grand Trunk Skeeter Beeter Ultralight
0 degree mummy bag (military issue)
Thermarest trail scout pad
Vehicle sun shade from Auto Zone between the PLUQ and the hammock
DIY Poly Hex Tarp
I stayed fairly warm and I more than likely could have made it the entire night. I did have some pretty wicked cold spots in my lower back and thighs.
One thing that really helped with my PLUQ was tying the corner ropes of the poncho liner to my shock cord with a taut line hitch. with that I was able to keep the PLUQ stretched to full length and control the amount of space between the bottom of my hammock and the UQ. It worked like a champ.
What else can I do to stay warm without spending big bucks on a fancy UQ/TQ?