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    Too warm with a UQ?

    As a newbie, I am looking to make a UQ. I was looking at a PLUQ, but I see that they are good down to ~45*. I have read that you should use a UQ for anything under 60* (give or take). Now if the PLUQ is good to 45, will I be too warm with it at the upper end? I can imaging that theres nothing more annoying than having to get up in the middle of the night to take your UQ off, only to freeze because you're then too cold. Should I just jimmy my sleeping bag around my hammock in warmer environments (58-60)?

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    Shouldn't be a problem. You can vent it, as in have it set up but not cinch it down tight. Or you might be fine anyways. Because it is under you it's not going to make you overheat...I've heard it explained like your bed at home, it doesn't make you hotter if you have a thicker mattress.

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    You'll be ok. I use a pluq inside every night. Mrs. Fish keeps it 77 in here...I've also used them in lower than 45 temps(~30) and survived the night with supplemental insulation on top...
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    Howdy... Temps are subjective.. Actually I have been using a o degree full time in my house.. Venting is soon learned.. Besides that, an uq is a different animal..
    You actually need to trap the air above it to get the full effect of one, so.. If it is really warm, use no tq at all, and gradually add one as needed... the warmer the uq the less tq is needed...To a point.. Have no fear.. You will be just fine..
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    What they said.

    Also, I live in a place where we get multiple warm nights, and I'm a particularly warm sleeper. When it's too warm for the underquilt (even vented), I simply push it to one side of the hammock. If it gets cold enough during the night, I reach under the hammock and drag it back into place.

    Same as you would with a top quilt, except that the underquilt is, well, underneath you...
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    Thanks everyone! FLRider, I'm actually a Gator grad, in DC by way of GV. Florida camping is exactly what I had in mind when I posed this question!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sfitsea View Post
    Thanks everyone! FLRider, I'm actually a Gator grad, in DC by way of GV. Florida camping is exactly what I had in mind when I posed this question!
    Well...above 65*, I don't even bother with putting anything under the hammock. You know how summer FL nights are...it's part of what attracted me to hammocking: the ability to stay relatively cool even in sweltering heat.

    On the other hand, I'm a nearly inhumanly warm sleeper; 65* is too cold for most folks to go without under insulation. Figure 70* to 75* for most folks to be comfy thereabouts. YMMV, of course.
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    Awesome. Yeah I was thinking those random breezy nights where it's 75 at bed time, and 65 by 5 am, then 95 by noon. Haha

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    Quote Originally Posted by sfitsea View Post
    Awesome. Yeah I was thinking those random breezy nights where it's 75 at bed time, and 65 by 5 am, then 95 by noon. Haha
    Yeah, the transition seasons're tough down here. If you're looking for an ultralight way to stay warm-ish in the 60s (like during high summer in the mid-Atlantic or eight months out of the year here), it might be worth looking at a semi-Garlington insulator. I've been using one for the last ~10 months during warmer weather, and I'm pretty impressed with it so far.

    What I do is take my poncho (it opens up along its length and is specifically designed for this, but a DriDucks poncho modded with the JRB Weather Shield will work as well) and stuff a crumpled-up space blanket into it. The space blanket helps to block air movement under the hammock, but isn't quite as good as a true underquilt. For most folks, that should be good down to ~60* F or so at a weight penalty of ~4 oz over and above the regular kit. Disadvantage is that you can't use your poncho to go to the bathroom during the night without dismounting it from the hammock.

    Anyway, this has kept me from freezing as low as 43* F (I was very cold that night but was able to sleep for 90- to 120-minute intervals) and comfy as low as 55* F. Figure 60* to 65* for most folks.

    Photos of the set up can be found in this thread (scroll down to the second post for a photo and the third post for a video containing it; my insulation system starts at ~8:35 in the video).

    Hope it helps!
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    Quote Originally Posted by FLRider View Post
    What they said.

    Also, I live in a place where we get multiple warm nights, and I'm a particularly warm sleeper. When it's too warm for the underquilt (even vented), I simply push it to one side of the hammock. If it gets cold enough during the night, I reach under the hammock and drag it back into place.

    Same as you would with a top quilt, except that the underquilt is, well, underneath you...
    I do the same. Leave it to the side, and when I get cold, just pull it under me. No getting out of the hammock, and only takes a few seconds......RR
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