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    Under quilt vs. warmhammock

    Could someone give me your thoughts on the advantages and disadvantages of using an under quilt vs. having the insulation attached directly to the bottom of the hammock?

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    there are insulated hammocks out there, but the weight savings vs versatility (quilts and hammocks separate) just isn't there.
    It's not procrastinating, its proactively delaying the implementation of the energy-intensive phase of the project until the enthusiasm factor is at its maximum effectiveness.

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    Versatility, as Karl said.

    I have several hammocks, each has its niche and purpose. I have one that's light weight for hiking, one even lighter for long distance, and a double layer for winter. I have a light weight UQ that I use in the Spring and Fall when night time temps get down to the 50-60s, another very light weight for Summer when temps might get down to the low 70s high 60s, and another for winter. I can configure my load based on forecast conditions, thus minimizing the weight effects.

    If I wanted to, I could use the same hammock for all conditions and just pick a UQ that matches the weather, or not use one at all if its going to be hot. With permanently attached insulation, you can always add a UQ if its going to get colder, but you can't do a dang thing if the weather is going to be hot.

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    I prefer modularity in my gear especially since I go out in all fourn seasons. Having the insulation attached to the hammock would kind of be like having only one jacket to use all year.
    Don't let life get in the way of living.

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    I've thought about this a bit. A "warm hammock" isnt a bad idea for a dedicated winter set up. Something you could use from your target temp up to say 50 or 60. For warmer weather you're typically making adjustments due to temperature variation that it's not a good idea.

    There are certain challenges though. The hammock body will stretch and compress the insulation over time, so you'll need to design it warmer than your target.

    The advantage is draft elimination, and no fiddling.

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    Warm Hammock

    All good reasons listed above. Another would be if the hammock was damaged in some way, Repairing an all-in-one would be Very Difficult. I have considered making one of these type hammocks myself..But if you get a tear in the hammock body then what? You may have to scrap the hammock (you could still use the insulation for something). As mentioned previously, Modularity is much better in the long run and far more versatile.

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    Ah ha. Thanks for the ideas folks. I made a warm hammock several years ago and it worked fine back then. But I'm getting back into backpacking after several years away and am planning to make a new set up. Sounds like there's an under quilt in my future.

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