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    Aerogel

    I did not whether to put this under top insulation, bottom insulation, pads or whatever; but I did find this link

    It has a clo value of 11.6, retains 97% of its insulation when compressed under 15 psi.

    The site reminds me of Insultex (which I was researching when I found this) but with more insulation. It has applications in footbeds, outwear and sleeping pads.

    I just thought I'd see if anyone has seen this in person or has any more information on it.

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    A quick site search for "aerogel" brings up several threads:
    http://www.hammockforums.net/forum/s...archid=2470394

    Mainly this one:
    http://www.hammockforums.net/forum/s...ad.php?t=14380
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    Quote Originally Posted by Just Jeff View Post
    A quick site search for "aerogel" brings up several threads:
    http://www.hammockforums.net/forum/s...archid=2470394

    Mainly this one:
    http://www.hammockforums.net/forum/s...ad.php?t=14380
    Thanks. Those articles make it sound like something with all the benefits of helium....encased in powdery lead shell costing somewhat less than a space shuttle mission.

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    Haha - it's still a bit spendy, no? Not sure it'll live up to the hype, but who knows? Insultex seems to be doing well and much less cost.
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    Influenced by one of those earlier threads, I decided to get some of the aerogel insoles (looking forward to Mt. Rogers). They were available at one place at a semi-reasonable price, but with outrageous shipping cost, so I bought 4 sets. (There was some question about how durable they are.) Wisenber, do you want to try a pair?

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    Quote Originally Posted by WV View Post
    Influenced by one of those earlier threads, I decided to get some of the aerogel insoles (looking forward to Mt. Rogers). They were available at one place at a semi-reasonable price, but with outrageous shipping cost, so I bought 4 sets. (There was some question about how durable they are.) Wisenber, do you want to try a pair?
    The answer is "probably" at the moment. Once the temps dip below 90°, I might be thinking more of foot insulators. The website actually had an ultra-marathon runner using aerogel shoe inserts in the Mohave Desert, so apparently it also reduces heat and would have to be more durable than just for a camp shoe.

    I think Medicineman was looking to do some bike touring your way this Fall. If i tag along, I might get a look at them. If not, we could always resort to USPS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wisenber View Post
    The answer is "probably" at the moment. Once the temps dip below 90°, I might be thinking more of foot insulators. The website actually had an ultra-marathon runner using aerogel shoe inserts in the Mohave Desert, so apparently it also reduces heat and would have to be more durable than just for a camp shoe.

    I think Medicineman was looking to do some bike touring your way this Fall. If i tag along, I might get a look at them. If not, we could always resort to USPS.
    They're yours any time you want them. By way of compensation you could help me with a nighttime stream crossing in the dead of winter or get up in the night and brush snow off my tarp. Oops - forgot! You already did that!

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    that's a good reminder for any/all who want to score the Greenbrian Trail...glad Wisenber has signed up---remember its in November and WV might tell us how cold it will be on that trail then. I think PoppaBear has signed up too....
    sorry for the thread hijack.

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