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    Re: Official WINTER NEHHA planning thread. Jan 10-12th

    We are in but it will be my first time Winter hammocking... Gone tenting several times.
    I will need ideas to stay warm! I have a 0 degree UQ and TQ with some extra ounces of down each but I still have FL blood I am using the 0 now if that gives you a place to start.
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    Official WINTER NEHHA planning thread. Jan 10-12th

    Quote Originally Posted by sunshower View Post
    We are in but it will be my first time Winter hammocking... Gone tenting several times.
    I will need ideas to stay warm! I have a 0 degree UQ and TQ with some extra ounces of down each but I still have FL blood I am using the 0 now if that gives you a place to start.
    A layer of reflectex in your hammock will go a long ways.

    And a UQ protector (easy to DIY or makeshift) is very helpful and from my experience adds 5-10* to your setup.

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    Official WINTER NEHHA planning thread. Jan 10-12th

    Quote Originally Posted by sunshower View Post
    We are in but it will be my first time Winter hammocking... Gone tenting several times.
    I will need ideas to stay warm! I have a 0 degree UQ and TQ with some extra ounces of down each but I still have FL blood I am using the 0 now if that gives you a place to start.
    ===> Hi! Well, when dressing for winter/cold weather, use the "3 W's" - Wicking, Warmth, and Weather. Same applies to sleeping in the hammock, where you can be WAY warmer than in a tent!

    WICKING - get a good 'base layer'. It should wick any moisture away from your skin, especially when hiking, but also sleeping! NO. COTTON. ANYTHING! Cotton is a terrible insulator when wet! "Cotton Kills!' Is a standard saying in the outdoors. Polypropylene or better yet - Merino Wool are best. Buy a heavier, "Expedition Weight" base layer, top and bottom.

    WARMTH - Over your base layer, you can add one or more layers for warmth, depending on how you perceive cold. Fleece or wool flannel layers really amp-up the heat and retention, and layers can be vented or removed for comfort, and more importantly, moisture control! Wet plus cold = not so fun, and potentially dangerous.

    WEATHER - lightweight, breathable, water proof shells over the base and warmth layers keep wet and cold out, and warmth in.

    APPLIED TO THE HAMMOCK - same concepts! Wear minimally the base layer to bed. Too many clothes don't allow your body heat to heat-up the air spaces in the down. Base and one fleece or wool layer should suffice with a good TQ/UQ combo. Good TQ, hammock body, maybe a Reflectix pad, either between the hammock layers or the hammock and you, or even better, a fleece blanket or layer of some sort will keep you well insulated from any cold, Good full-length UQ. Downy goodness!

    An UQ protector to keep snow, possibly wet off of the UQ also adds another layer to retain heat. You will be wrapped in a warm, warm, Burrito in the hammock!

    Wicking, Warmth, And Weather...three keys to comfort in the cold!

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    I have never done a winter hang but if i can talk the wife into it i want to give it a go, we both have uqs rated to -15, but our tqs are just 20 degree mummys,
    Got arthitis in both knees but i try not to let it stop me, gonna spend alot of time at the fire i guess, it just sounds like too much of a good time to pass up!

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    Official WINTER NEHHA planning thread. Jan 10-12th

    Quote Originally Posted by Saedy View Post
    I have never done a winter hang but if i can talk the wife into it i want to give it a go, we both have uqs rated to -15, but our tqs are just 20 degree mummys,
    Got arthitis in both knees but i try not to let it stop me, gonna spend alot of time at the fire i guess, it just sounds like too much of a good time to pass up!
    Your UQ is more important than your TQ. it is very easy to compensate for warmth on top, but much harder to compensate for the bottom. With an UQ rated that low, you should be plenty warm. We can help adjust your UQ so there are no gaps and you will be toasty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by raiffnuke View Post
    Your UQ is more important than your TQ. it is very easy to compensate for warmth on top, but much harder to compensate for the bottom. With an UQ rated that low, you should be plenty warm. We can help adjust your UQ so there are no gaps and you will be toasty.
    I Think i will take you up on that!

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    Re: Official WINTER NEHHA planning thread. Jan 10-12th

    I will look into the reflectix. I also have sil uncoated sock from Dream Hammocks.
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    I'll be there for sure! I'll also bring an extra hammock, UQ, and roll of 24" wide refletix. Nighthauk, do you want the 3 burner stove I brought to the summer hang again?
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    Official WINTER NEHHA planning thread. Jan 10-12th

    Quote Originally Posted by Grey Eagle View Post
    I'll be there for sure! I'll also bring an extra hammock, UQ, and roll of 24" wide refletix. Nighthauk, do you want the 3 burner stove I brought to the summer hang again?
    ===> Can't have enough Reflectix or enough stoves in the winter!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SkyPainter View Post
    ===> Can't have enough Reflectix or enough stoves in the winter!

    ~ Sky
    Thats a fact!

    Yes, I will be more than happy to help adjust anyone's UQ if they think they would like me to look at it. There are much easier to adjust when you are in the hammock, than trying to adjust, get in, get out, adjust again...just to find out there is still a gap somewhere that leaks your heat out.

    A sock, or a BBO for a WBBB will help out a bunch. I guess they will add another 5-10° to your setup. My BBO adds a ton of warmth to my hammock.

    Reflectix works really well as a foot pad, sit pad, or as a full length pad between the layers in your hammock. I have successfully taken my 20° UQ down into single didgits comfortably with the addition of a reflextix pad.

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