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    So are Socks worth the weight?

    Or would it be lighter to just get a thicker UQ?

    What about in terms of sheltering from the wind?



    Is it a seasonal thing? As in they can be worth the weight in winter, but in summer they don't do much good?

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    Im poo ting with the idea of an underquilt protector. Like jacks r better driducks poncho. Living in michigan it can be 80 during the day and 40 and rain at night.

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    There's nothing like putting on a fresh pair of socks or in this case supplementing socks. Socks are more versatile in this case I think. I would say it's always worth the weight to bring socks. You could even use one to put a hot water bottle in or something more creative.

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    Lol disregard that comment, I just realized you were talking about hammock socks. Oh boy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brogrammer View Post
    Lol disregard that comment, I just realized you were talking about hammock socks. Oh boy.
    This just made me smile
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    Quote Originally Posted by brogrammer View Post
    Lol disregard that comment, I just realized you were talking about hammock socks. Oh boy.
    I initially thought the same thing at first, but I didn't put my foot in my mouth too quickly...I had fresh socks on!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bushwhacker View Post
    Or would it be lighter to just get a thicker UQ?

    What about in terms of sheltering from the wind?

    Is it a seasonal thing? As in they can be worth the weight in winter, but in summer they don't do much good?
    I have no experience with them personally. From what I've seen thought, they seem to be more of a winter thing. Some go as far as using then instead of a tarp. The do give better wind protection but I'm not sure if it's much different than a tarp with doors and possibly a UQP. My biggest concern with a sock comes from the couple of times I've had bad condensation on the inside of my tarp and the inside of my gortex bivy.

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    With my breathable sock, I still got a little condensation, so I do not recommend using a sock when the days are well above freezing but the nights are 25 degrees. If you are camping instead of backpacking each day, it would be easy to dry out the condensation. Socks may continue to be a niche item for those who like the cost and weight savings, or for some temperature range where a sock does work well.

    A hammock sock is a bivy sack for hangers, and it has all of the advantages and disadvantages of a bivy.

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    I used a spindrift sock with my WB Ridgerunner several nights this winter and I can honestly say they make a big difference temperature wise and at blocking wind. A lot more effective than just using a tarp by itself. Inside sock temperature was always 10+ degrees warmer when using the sock. It was very effective at blocking the wind. Wind chill can be dangerous if your not prepared for it.

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    I have a huge tarp with doors (Winter Palace), but does not provide the wind protection of a sock. My diy TED 1.1 DWR ripstop weights 9 oz and worth every ounce in the winter. condensation has only been an issue on one trip when temps dipped to -5*.
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