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    Favorite Sock?`

    What is your favorite hammock sock, and what makes it great? What makes it good for warmth?

    Also, do they increase summer temperatures as much as they increase winter temps? My gut says no, but my gut is also quite brainless. And my brain says "Ask the experts, I'm too tired to figure out how radiant heat dissipates through material layers"

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    Favorite Sock?`

    The main way that a hammock sock helps is to block wind from billowing heat out of your quilts. As the heat escapes from your body, a stable temperature gradient is established through the thickness of your quilts. Having this gradient stay stable is your key to warmth.
    When wind billows the quilt, you have to start over building this temperature gradient. That takes several times the amount of energy (escaped heat) from your body to re-establish that gradient, as opposed to maintaining a stable gradient.
    Oh, and as an additional minor help, a sock can increase your micro-climate a few degrees.

    P.S. Don't say "sock" and "summer" in the same sentence!
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    Quote Originally Posted by MAD777 View Post
    The main way that a hammock sock helps is to block wind from billowing heat out of your quilts. As the heat escapes from your body, a stable temperature gradient is established through the thickness of your quilts. Having this gradient stay stable is your key to warmth.
    When wind billows the quilt, you have to start over building this temperature gradient. That takes several times the amount of energy (escaped heat) from your body to re-establish that gradient, as opposed to maintaining a stable gradient.
    Oh, and as an additional minor help, a sock can increase your micro-climate a few degrees.

    P.S. Don't say "sock" and "summer" in the same sentence!
    Would UQ protectors function pretty much the same way?

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    Yes, but without the micro-climate and pesky condensation issues.
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    these are my favourite socks. tha first one is a simple fronkey style sock made from 1.1 ripstop for gathered ends weights 15 oz., the on after that is my deeeeep! winter sock for my bmbh made from canvas,it weights 8 lb.!
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    This is my only sock and it exceeded my expectations. It's more of a pod made of Soft Tyvek (not house tyvek) and Just Jeff's Sock V2 was the basic idea used. Also - no sew - all seams are doubled up tyvek tape.
    I've used this on several 65F nights with a Snug Pack Jungle bag (a light sleeping bag - no UQ or pad - no condensation). I had a little condensation one night when we had an Ice fog - but at 100% humidity you would expect that. I estimate about 10F increase in temp.
    You asked about UQP - I also have a 2QZQ Bridge UQP that I have compared to this sock:
    - The UQP is more versatile and easier to use with a 3/4 UQ. I can close it up on top using the bridge loops and center shock cord adjustment. Performs almost as good as the sock in cold/high winds. Easy to get in/out of.
    - Sock is made for winter use with a small A-Sym tarp (snow/20F weather) it is more water proof for blowing snow and warmer than the UQP. The sock can not be adjusted for hot weather air flow. Also the sock cinches up around your shoulders - a little harder to get in/out of but not bad at all.
    I think the UQP is 6.5 oz and the sock is 8.5 oz. If I had to choose one for 3 season camping, I'd get the Bridge UQP.
    Here's a picture of my sock - the bucket is where your head would be.
    https://www.hammockforums.net/galler...mageuser=27438
    Last edited by oldpappy; 03-28-2014 at 18:56. Reason: graphic didn't work 1st time so link was added
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    Quote Originally Posted by oldpappy View Post
    This is my only sock and it exceeded my expectations. It's more of a pod made of Soft Tyvek (not house tyvek) and Just Jeff's Sock V2 was the basic idea used. Also - no sew - all seams are doubled up tyvek tape.
    I've used this on several 65F nights with a Snug Pack Jungle bag (a light sleeping bag - no UQ or pad - no condensation). I had a little condensation one night when we had an Ice fog - but at 100% humidity you would expect that.
    I estimate about 10F increase in temp.
    You asked about UQP - I also have a 2QZQ Bridge UQP that I have compared to this sock:
    - The UQP is more versatile and easier to use with a 3/4 UQ. I can close it up on top using the bridge loops and center shock cord adjustment. Performs almost as good as the sock in cold/high winds. Easy to get in/out of.
    - Sock is made for winter use with a small A-Sym tarp (snow/20F weather) it is more water proof for blowing snow and warmer than the UQP. The sock can not be adjusted for hot weather air flow. Also the sock cinches up around your shoulders - a little harder to get in/out of but not bad at all.
    I think the UQP is 6.5 oz and the sock is 8.5 oz. If I had to choose one for 3 season camping, I'd get the Bridge UQP.
    https://www.hammockforums.net/galler...mageuser=27438
    Your picture might be broken (I can't see it). Thanks for sharing!

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    I use a ranger blanket as an uq protector or 3/4 sock (it wraps almost completely around me, leaving the top open) and I've slept in several -20 Celcius nights, snug as a bug with a 20 degree (farenheit, I assume) Enlightened equipment revelationx one for under, one for over.

    Works pretty well.
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    Pocho liner over the ridgeline and tucked into the pluq. Just use serious sleeping bags.
    Summer is the dream hammock bug sock. Keeps the Mi. state birds at bay. Mosquitoes.

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    I gave up on socks. Went back to just my underquilt protector and a fleece top cover suspended from the ridgeline with prussicks and S-biners. Can be detached and draped right over me on the hammock sides.
    Even use one made from 1.1 ripstop in the summer for mountain camping. The 3 AM katabatic air flow change gets pretty cold.
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