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    Quote Originally Posted by bwg View Post
    I find pads to work great, but not the normal, narrow, inflatable pad. I use Volara foam and mine is about 38" wide, about 40" long, and 1/4" thick. When placed within layers of a double layer hammock, it does not move, it covers shoulders well, and one works to 40s, two layered works into 20s or 30s. Each weighs about 6 to 7oz, so very lightweight, very malleable, and very comfortable. I find them to be equally comfortable to underquilts, but better at retaining heat in windy conditions. These wide, light pads are my preference over underquilts.
    Where do you get it?

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    For what it's worth, I use an old Therma-Rest pad that's 20"x72". I open the valve and then let it inflate to whatever it's going to do. After that I'll puff lightly into it a couple of times; no more. This seems to work for me pretty well. The other change I made to my system was to get a Big Agnes down bag that's rated to 15 F; if you're not familiar with the Big Agnes bags they have no insulation under you but there is an envelop for you to slide your pad into. While I haven't tried to push my comfort down to the rating of the sleeping bag, I did spend a night this past November in the Catskills of NYS with temperatures in the low 20s. I was really surprised when I woke up that morning and saw snow on the ground. I was incredibly warm and toasty lying in my bag and hammock.

    That's all for now. Take care and until next time...Be well.

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    I used a Klymit Inertia X Frame for 3 nights on a hike last weekend. However, I didn't use it in my hammock. I rigged up my poncho underneath my hammock and put it in their since I have a Hennessy and it doesn't have a sleeve for a pad. I also put a space blanket over the pad. Basically it's an improvised Super Shelter. I was toasty warm and comfortable all 3 nights. I did not have a single cold spot anywhere.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Insaniac99 View Post
    Where do you get it?
    A number of places sell volara on-line. For example:

    http://www.foamforyou.com/volara_foam.htm

    http://www.foambymail.com/VA/polyeth...foam-roll.html

    In comes by the foot and in 60" widths. I think mine is the 2 lb density (2A). The 1/4" thickness seems to work very well, just use two or three layers as needed.

    Under my legs I use any 1/4 or 3/8 pad. Seems legs don't need quit the insulation as torso.

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    JRB is now a Cascades dealer as well and has the Thermorest NEO wide models Both the Traveller longs and short and the even warmer all season... http://www.jacksrbetter.com/shop/the...eoair-trekker/ and http://www.jacksrbetter.com/shop/the...-all-season-l/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Windowlicker View Post
    Anyone tried the Harbinger brand exercise mat by the name of 'Durafoam': http://harbingerfitness.com/product/340100/

    Attachment 86970

    I have one for exercise. I found it is cosy...
    As an experiment I used it overnight to sleep on - I put it under the bottom sheet. This was actually at my workplace when I made up my bed at work (we sleep overnight whilst on 24hr roster at half pay rate just in case).
    I am a side sleeper and I found out this mat creates warm spots under you similar in temperature to a electric blanket!

    Its soft and squishy foam. Its 72in long and 23in wide. 3/8thick. It says non-slip but I have had no opportunity to try out whether it slips on the hammock surface. I weighed it, and its 777grams. Um, 27.5 oz I think

    Anyone tried it in a Hammock?
    Have not tried them but have seen similar pads. They should work but are heavy for back packing. Typical closed cell camping pad is not very squishy but is light and a good insulator. Typical Yoga or Exercise mat is squishier and heavier. Not sure if they really are CCF or are high density open cell foam. Either way they will work aside from the weight issue.
    YMMV

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    pads really aren't so bad. I just prefer my UQ for maximum comfort, and warmth-to-weight ratio. However, pads do work better in bridge style hammocks, i.e. the WarBonnet RidgeRunner ( http://www.warbonnetoutdoors.com/ridgerunner-hammock/ ) and the Jack's 'R' Better Bear Mountain Bridge Hammock ( http://www.jacksrbetter.com/shop/bea...ammock-deluxe/ ) and the JRB BMBH UL ( http://www.jacksrbetter.com/shop/bea...k-ultra-light/ )
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    Anyone ever try reflectex (sp?) between layers of a diy hammock.

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