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    Walmart Extendde Pad no-sew

    I don't have a sewing a machine and although I can sew by hand if need be, I don't like doing it and I don't have the time. So I look for ways to make things without sewing. In anticipation of delivery of my Clark hammock, I'm experimenting with making an SPE equivalent but with an attached hood to keep it from sliping.

    I started with a walmart $6 cfc blue pad - 20" wide and 1/2" thick. My first thought was to cut four 10" wings from the bottom of the pad and then connect them to the remaining pad by putting grommets along the sides of the main pad and the wings, and then tying them together. Unfortunately, I could not find any grommets for thicker material (nor "eyelets" large enough), although I'm sure some can be had by mail-order. So I just put duct tape over the edge and about 2" in on both sides of the pad where I ponched holes with a hole cutter. I then tied the wings with string.

    I tied the first set of wings even with the top of the pad because my idea is to attache some sort of hood or hat with ear flaps to the top of the pad. I'm thinking that the hat will keep the top of the pad and wings at sholder length and prevent it from slipping down the hammock. I'll put a grommet in one end of the elastic to attach it to the pad and probablt use no-sew snaps in the other end of the elastic to snap to the hat or hood to avoid any sewing. The elastic attachments will give some leeeway to move my head without moving the pad. I can proably get a cheap coat with a snap-off hood from the Goodwill store.

    If I ever get this contraption perfected I'll post detailed instructions and pics.

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    looking forward to seeing the details.
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    me too. we want pics please?

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    No-sew SPE prototype

    Here is my prototype:





    The second pic is just a close-up of the duct taped holes I used to attach the wings to the main body.

    Without the duct tape, the pad rips very easily. With the duct tape reinforcing the holes, it is very difficult, but not impossible, to rip the holes by pulling on the connecting rope.

    When I put it in my parachute hammock, it worked great; the wings overlapped each other at my hips, eliminating any gaps between them. However, the part of the main pad from my knees to my feet tended to roll up in a hump and needed to be straightened.

    This was made out of the Wal-Mart $6 20" blue pads. It worked well in my parachute hammock, but my Clark has not yet been delivered (it is suppose to be here by 7 pm tonight).

    I might make the final version from the Wal-Mart egg create type CFC camping pads (I think they are about $11 each), and lower the wings to leave some room for my head.

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    i have had this idea for a while. My concern was always that the foam would be too weak and the grommet holes would just rip out to the edges. Does the duct tape prevent that?

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    it would be nice to find 8" wide duct tape, then the tape could be the seam.

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    I have seen rolls of duct tape in about 12" widths somewhere, maybe Home Depot. But I can't remember where for sure.
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    http://good-times.webshots.com/album/560834203BtHMbJ

    This is my version. The black strips are ripstop nylon and are glued on with contact cement. The nylon strips act as a simple hinge. I've used it several times now and I can say it's bomber.

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    These are really neat ideas!

    Not to change the topic, but I have been thinking about a SPE and I am curious about how cold has anyone slept with just pads? I have only camped in the summer with my new HH and am looking forward to going out again soon.

    MerryMary first post so let me know if there is a better place to ask this ??

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    Quote Originally Posted by MerryMary View Post
    These are really neat ideas!

    Not to change the topic, but I have been thinking about a SPE and I am curious about how cold has anyone slept with just pads? I have only camped in the summer with my new HH and am looking forward to going out again soon.

    MerryMary first post so let me know if there is a better place to ask this ??
    I've been down to 32 degrees and have been quite comfortable. Last week it was down to the high 30s to low forties in the Adirondacks and I slept like a baby. The wings protecting your shoulders and knees are crucial. If you go with a Wally World pad, I highly recommend buying the 1/2" "waffle pad" ($10) over the smaller bright blue pad($5). The waffle pad is softer, thicker and wider. I'm very happy with mine. (see pics in post above)

    Miguel

    PS I did consider using velcro to attach the wings but the nylon hinge worked so well that I haven't tried it.

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