I'm anxious to hear about this trip!
Well, I ended up spending 10 nights in my PeaPod!
Most were in the 40s, two or three in the 30s, and one in the 60s. I was able to vent or close up to accommodate every situation! The Speer Top Quilt is a fantastic addition to the PeaPod.
The first night, it rained hard, with drippy fog, and gusts to 20 or 30 mph. The PeaPod was covered in droplets the next morning. No down was wet, though, and it dried soon. The second night it was 36*F and it blew hard NW. All was cozy in my hammock!
I think I learned more about the Speer hammock than about the PeaPod, though. I was amazed... there was more room than I had in my HH Explorer! I was able to lie on the diagonal both left and right. I could put my feet together and lay my knees out, without forcing the PeaPod open. I could roll over on either side. I even swapped ends without getting out of the hammock.
The PeaPod was a bit bulky compared to what others had with them. On the other hand, I needed no other insulation, except a light Frog Sac or Speer Top Quilt. It is definiitely a three season UQ, with one season being the dead of winter!
One trick I learned was that I could fasten the ends of the PeaPod in three different places. I could fasten it outside the ends of the hammock, just inside the whipping, or six inches below the whipping. Where I put it depended on how much gap I wanted between the hammock and the PeaPod. More gap for warmer temps, of course.
2 more nights in the PeaPod...
The first night the low was just below freezing. I was toasty in a tee-shirt and shorts, Jacks Hood, REI Down Booties, and Speer Top Quilt. All I had for an opening was a hole about four inches in diameter, just above my chest.
On the second night, I learned that you can open a vent over your chest, and another way up at the top, above your head. The result is a nice chimney that keeps you cool when temps get in the upper 40s. There was no need for a vent at the foot.
I'm liking this PeaPod!
Last edited by MacEntyre; 11-08-2009 at 20:19.
I feel like I'm missing something here... If you need to use a topquilt in addition to the PeaPod, what's the point?
Just as an example, I use a Yeti and GL Ultra20. Together they weigh 34oz and cost me $255. I use my pack or a piece of CCF under my legs. I've comfortably been down below freezing.
The speer setup you're talking about weighs 56oz, costs $561, and it sounds like you're using it in the same temperature ranges.
I'm not trying to knock speer's stuff... I just feel like I'm missing something. I don't understand why the top part of the peapod is worth carrying if you still have to add a topquilt in with it. Please enlighten me.
What is your coldest comfortable temp with that 3 season Yeti and GoLite? What clothing did you have to supplement with? For me, I've used a PeaPod with a Top Blanket and small sit pad into single digits F and was quite warm in only a lightweight base layer.
The PeaPod certainly and admittedly isn't the lightest solution for moderate temps. But, when you factor in the achievable cold temps and that the same piece of gear can be used when it's warmer (as opposed to buying yet another setup), the price and weight become much more reasonable.
“I think that when the lies are all told and forgot the truth will be there yet. It dont move about from place to place and it dont change from time to time. You cant corrupt it any more than you can salt salt.” - Cormac McCarthy
That's about what I figured. I can't make it into single digits with my setup, that's for sure. I had it down to about 30 I think which was probably about as cold as it would be smart to take it. I was wearing 150 weight icebreaker bottoms (nearly zero insulation), but I did have on a smartwool midweight top.