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    Walmart blue CCF pad - making it work

    Hey all--

    I'm pretty new to the hammock scene and I've been experimenting with pads. I know most people prefer underquilts, but I want to see how comfortable I can get with what I already have before I spend any more money.

    The first night I tried it out, I just shoved the blue CCF pad into my Grand Trunk UL. As many others here have no doubt experienced, I had a hard time keeping the pad in a position where it was keeping all of me warm. As a result I didn't sleep very well that night as I kept waking up with cold feet, or knees, or whatever was not on top of the pad at that moment.

    Last night I tried a different approach. I unzipped my sleeping bag, cut the CCF pad to the shape of the inside, and zipped the bag bag up over the pad. Sleeping on top of the pad was, surprisingly, not as uncomfortable as I worried it might be. It certainly seemed to stay in place a lot better, and kept me much warmer than the first night. The only real problem I experienced was sweat buildup. Obviously CCF doesn't breathe.

    I'm considering sewing a semi-permanent layer or cover of something over the CCF pad to help absorb some of the sweat and make the pad more comfortable. Ideally it would be something I could slip off like a sheet or pillowcase and throw in the laundry after a trip. Debating on material. Comfortable would be good. Any recommendations? I figure unless I can think of some great reason not to use cotton, I'll probably just start with that...

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    Cover the body side of the pad with polartech fleece and the back side with regular nylon. The fleece is springy enough to at least mostly be off the pad. It also breaths well.
    YMMV

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    Try cutting one in half. They're cheap.

    Then lay them in a "T" inside the hammock. This will spread the hammock body some, and keep shoulders much warmer. If that doesn't do it, a pad extender, that will allow for additional strips of pad in problem areas, shoulders, hips, thighs, will step the insulation factor up a great deal. It's basically a silnylon shealth that fits the CCF pad with additional pockets to insert smaller pieces of pad, to make it wider where you are naturally wider.

    A bit bulky, but not so much of a weight penalty in the long run.
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    I used the 22"wide 1" thick regular thermorest inside my rectangle sleeping bag for several years when ground camping. I had been complaining about chasing my pad all over the tent to my buddies & one of them said one evening @ a campground, why don't you do what that guy is doing. I watched someone put his pad in his bag then stick it in his tent. I tried it and always did that afterward. Works great but haven't tried it in a hammock as I have underquilts now and not smart enough to remember before. Getting old plays havoc on my memory.

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    segmented pad extender

    There are many different methods to make Segmented Pad Extenders, google and look at what others have done first is my recommendation:

    https://www.hammockforums.net/forum/...fleece-4x4-SPE

    https://www.google.com/#q=site:hammockforums.net+spe

    Fleece is probably the best fabric but I had considered trying this instead:

    http://www.rockywoods.com/Fabrics-Kits/Wickaway-Fabrics

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    This is a great video by Shug on pads in the hammock. This is video #2, I would suggest them all if you haven't already seen them

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XjL4...752777861C2AA8
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    I'd agree with ntxkayakr about the SPE, but don't the mistake I did and make it out of nylon; it'll be too slippery to stay in place without help. I used the nylon shell of an old sleeping bag just because I had it handy. Waste of time. Wish I'd thought of fleece. I have several cheap fleece blankets that could easily be sacrificed for an SPE.

    The CCF pad will definitely work in terms of warmth (at least it did for me during testing). Keep trying.

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    No underquilt as well here. I put my pad in between layers of my WL Night Owl and have no problems with it moving around or not keeping me warm. What I did was cut the pad about the same length as a 3/4 underquilt and insert that between layers at a diagonal lay. I then use the small piece for my foot pad which is in the hammock with me. Cutting the pad to 3/4 length seemed to make it easier keeping it in place between layers rather than having it full length between layers..
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    I have used an inflatable Big Agnes pad in the past but decided to go with a blue ccf from Walmart on my last trip. I have a double layer hammock from Simply Light Designs and the ccf pad stayed in place WAY better than the inflatable that I had previously used. Even with the double layer I still built up some sweat on my back but the pad never moved. I thought of moving the pad a little off center of my body to I could roll off of it if I got too hot. At least that was the plan. Despite a little back sweat I got the best sleep I had ever gotten in a hammock.

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    I highly advise against using cotton, unless it is for backyard or car camping only, or for sleeping indoors. Some form of fleece would work well.
    For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us....that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now.
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