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    Overkill?

    I have a 1.7 Double Blackbird.

    So far, the few nights I've spent in it have been relatively warm, except for the times I rolled off of the pad. So, the pad doesn't really slip out from under me.

    Does this negate the need for an SPE. I've ordered a large SPE from Ed Speer and it will be hand delivered at the Hot Springs hang in a few weeks. I still want it, just in case I ever use a single layer hammock, but is it overkill to carry a full Wallyworld CCF pad and then trim down a second pad to stuff the wings finally putting the SPE between the layers of my hammock?

    I got the large because I'm apparently an active sleeper and it seems to offer the best coverage. Anyone have experience with a large SPE in a double layer BB?

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    Anyone? Beuller? Anyone?

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    I don't think many people have used a SPE in a double Blackbird. Kind of why they ordered the double layer, ya know. I don't think you'll need it, but having a SPE around the gear closet can never be a bad thing.
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    I have never used a SPE but as I understand it, it gives you a wider footprint for your CCF pads.
    I would think that a wider footprint would be helpful if (1) the pad slid around or (2) if an active sleeper rolled off the pad inside the hammock.
    You seem to fall into #2
    I would think the SPE would help with that. Good Luck
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    Having the wings on the SPE will let it mold more to the shape of the hammock, which is what sold me on buying an SPE in the first place. I saw Darby's at my first Hot Springs hangout, and it looked like a comfortable nest laying in his hammock. I didn't end up using mine, bought an underquilt at the next hangout I went to. However, the idea would be the same whether in a double layer or a single layer, cradling you with the pad. I don't think you will be unhappy with it.

    An underquilt would me more comfortable ( IMHO ) but it is also much more of an investment.
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    Go for custom foam. I ordered 60" x 80 1/8" Volara and will trim to 40" tapered. http://www.closedcellfoams.com/index.html

    1/8 for summer and 3/8 for 3 season with 3 season UQ to bring down to low freezing. I found 3/8 is good to about 35-40 with minimal top quilt. My 34x80 3/8 weighs in at 11 oz, so stuff is supper light.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NorseAmerican View Post
    Go for custom foam. I ordered 60" x 80 1/8" Volara and will trim to 40" tapered. http://www.closedcellfoams.com/index.html

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    Just wondering how you pack foam of this size? Are you ok to fold it?

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