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    How do you use your pad?

    I really like pads for insulation in my hammock but there are a lot of options out there (ccf, thermarest, air mattresses, etc.) most of which can be made to work effectively in a hammock. For those of you with a lot of pad experience what kinds of pads do you actually use and how do you use them (for example under-inflated thermarest? with an spe? in a double layer? as a Sgn. Rock style wing pad? two pieces of ccf crossed? one very wide ccf pad? do you get by with just a 20"-25" wide pad?...) in your hammock? I've heard a lot about what can work but I'm really curious what you guys are consistently using. Thanks!

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    I use Wal-Mart CCF pads, one full length and one cut into three sections; a small sit pad, a large sit pad and a three quarter length pad for warm weather. This Winter I went on a few outings to get my cold weather set up perfect. I wounded up finding that the full length pad with the large sit pad up under my torso and the small sit pad under my feet was sufficient. I had some issues with cold shoulders, but found that laying my jacket under me with the sleeves on either side of the pad helped that. This was down to about 25 F. If I went much below that I'd take the 3/4 length also and put that perpendicular to the full length pad for my shoulders.
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    CCF pad as kneeling pad in canoe used to lounge in camp then goes into SPE in the hammock. Polyfleece on body side of SPE. Bulky but adds warmth and allows some air circulation.
    YMMV

    HYOH

    Free advice worth what you paid for it. ;-)

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    I primarily backpack with my hammock, so I use my 25" wide neoair between the layers of my WBBB dbl. I do underinflate it, and I also bring my sit pad into the hammock with me. I place the pad lengthwise along / under my left shoulder, keeping the netting further off that shoulder.

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    Quote Originally Posted by olzeke View Post
    I primarily backpack with my hammock, so I use my 25" wide neoair between the layers of my WBBB dbl. I do underinflate it, and I also bring my sit pad into the hammock with me. I place the pad lengthwise along / under my left shoulder, keeping the netting further off that shoulder.
    This is what I've been toying with for my large sit pad; putting it under the shoulder I seem to favor. It seems that I lay mostly to one side, so an SPE on both sides is actually not needed. I'm still experimenting with the idea though.
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    I sometimes use a NeoAir Xlite combined with a Therarest zlite (the accordian one) cut exactly in half as wings for the shoulder area. The Zlite cut in half results in the perfect length for wings and folds up real nice. It also doubles as a really sweet sit pad. I too usually underflate the NeoAir Xlite.

    I've also used SPEs with wally world pads but they are really bulky and the SPE just adds extra weight.

    Miguel

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    I don't use a pad as much now - but I do use a JRB torso pad for lighter, warm trips. I'm sure it would take me down into the upper 40s, but I enjoy my UQ anytime its below 60. The best success I've had with pads is with the shorter ones where my head and feet are off the pad. I get a flatter lay out of this. Used a Big Agnes Petite, or 60" long pad. Used to supplement the sides with a SPE.

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    I need to try out my Big Agnes Air Core some more. I abandoned it a while ago for CCF, but a lot of my preferences have changed since then. I think it may be time to revisit... Particularly once it warms up.
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    My pad is a Gossamer Gear 1/8" pad cut down into a football shape. It's used for sitting, nealing and if my UQ isnt enough in really cold temps. Depending on which pack I'm using I replace the back lining support pad with it so there isn't much weight or space penalty. I might carry a small piece of windshield shade just big enough to sit on and keep on the outside pocket of my pack just to whip out fast when taking a break.
    Love many, trust few & always paddle your own canoe. American Proverb

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    Quote Originally Posted by OldRagFreeze View Post
    I need to try out my Big Agnes Air Core some more. I abandoned it a while ago for CCF, but a lot of my preferences have changed since then. I think it may be time to revisit... Particularly once it warms up.
    FWIW I use the BA insulated air core and found that I *did not* like it partially deflated, as it seemed to bottom out under my butt which lead to CBS. Couple weeks ago used it fully inflated on my back porch on a night where it got down to 26F before I woke up comfortable enough but knew it was too cold to keep sleeping... that's right at the woman's "comfort rating" on the Marmot Helium bag I was in, so I was happy with how that test went. Ready to rock n' roll on my lashup.

    Unfortunately husby is wider shouldered/armed than I am and we're working on how to solve his 'cold arm syndrome'. Next experiment will be an SPE I got on here.

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