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    Using a Big Agnes Insulated Air Core in a hammock

    What about using a Big Agnes Insulated Air Core as an UQ?
    I have been thinking about using an my Big Agnes in a hammock. Has anyone used this before. If it's lightly blown up would it provide enough insulation in a hammock? Would it be comfortable? Would it be warm enough for cooler weather? Or is an Under quilt the only way
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    I tried this (I have a mummy shaped BA pad) and I found two problems: it tended to squirt out from underneath me (I may have had it too full) and it did not provide any insulation for my shoulders where the sides of the hammock were. However, they sure pack down nice and small.
    Since then I've been experimenting with a Speer Segmented Pad Extender, and I think that the BA might have some usefulness there. Must try it again.
    If you already have the BA, why not give it a try in the backyard or a nearby park?

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    BA insulated

    I use the BA insulated and, it has worked well.

    It has advantages for me, it compresses down to the size of my insulated water bottle, it is inexpensive, and, the weight is comporable to a UQ. I put it in the inside of the hammock, not between the undercover inflated probably about 1/3. Though not as toasty warm as a UQ, my use has been only down to the lower teens, and, it has no cold spots, and, works perfectly with a quilt, or, a sleeping bag, even fitting inside my bag if need be. But, it also does not give you that AHHHHH...... hammock feeling, because of being a little firm, and changes the inside hammock size and feel slightly. . I have a HH Expedition. Getting the BA oriented properly is important, but, for me it stays put.

    But, yes, I have a completed, but as yet "down-less" underquilt made. ($$$) So, I'm still in the faith, it's the way to go.
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    I found that mine doesn't provide near the warmth of a Down Exped or an Underquilt.
    You'd have to step up to the Big Agnes Dual Insulated to start getting a comparable level of warmth.

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    I have used my BA insulated air core in the ENO. Only partially inflated it was comfortable, but I did have some sliding issues that I attributed to my own moving about. I like laying in the hammock better without the pad, but at the time did not have other insulation for the bottom. I have only used it to ~45F, so can't comment on the BA at lower temps. But had no issues with cold to that extent with the BA iAC and a sleeping bag.

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    I love mine, but I have found that the air cools as temps drop outside and as your own body temp drops during sleep, but that's only if its real cold. So far the UQ seems to be much better as long as I secure it pretty good.

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    We're on the same wavelength, questtrek. See the post I just made in the "Bottom Insulation - Pads" forum.

    http://www.hammockforums.net/forum/s...eferrerid=5277

    It works well with the BA bag and pad...
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    It seams that my BA Insulated Air Core has begun to feel a little cooler than I really liked in the upper 40s & maybe in the low 50s.
    A thin ccf pad might help that though.
    The Exped DAM has always been warm though.
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    I have tried to use a partially inflated insulated BA between the layers of my BB. I move around a lot, and ended up having to get up and reposition the pad because it moved off, and up, to one side. Also kind of narrow and resulted in cold spots when curled up on my side.

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    I agree with slowhike - 45 is about the max I go with mine and the BA Bags I have. I am going to play around with a combination of my BB, Yeti, BA Horse Thief and section of GG Thinlite placed in the mat holder of the Bag....thinking that way the thinlite won't slide out from under my feet and I'll only have to zip it up part way. I expect temp's to be in the low 40's to mid-50's down on Cumberland Island when I try this in a few weeks....

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