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    Bag or top quilt for winter hanging?

    What do ya all think would be best for winter hanging. In 20 to -10 temps. My set up is a claytor jungle hammock I've added a double thick walmart egg crate ccf pad with wings on one pad and a thermarest self inflating pad. I have a -20 degree bag.... Should I be using it as a top quilt or can I just crawl in it like I always have? I don't mind the hassle of getting in and out of the bag...... My main concern is condensation accumulating in the bag under me or do you think it wont be a issue?...... I do role around allot when I sleep and I am a fairly warm sleeper........Thanks! Jason

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    i like using a quilt, but since you're considering the same bag for both options, at least you can play around w/ both & see which you like best.
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    Quote Originally Posted by slowhike View Post
    i like using a quilt, but since you're considering the same bag for both options, at least you can play around w/ both & see which you like best.
    What he said. Man this is fun.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hammock engineer View Post
    What he said. Man this is fun.
    how's it going w/ you man?
    i've gotten behind in my journal reading<g>
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    I'd suggest a Feathered Friends Winter Wren. The drawstring foot opening and the arm holes are just the ticket. If you have deep pockets the Nunatak Raku can be custom built to your loft specs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by slowhike View Post
    how's it going w/ you man?
    i've gotten behind in my journal reading<g>
    A lot better. Headed back out to finish up in a few days.
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    I think that if you keep a foot box in your bag but let it lay on you like a quilt you will have much more loft and you will find that it is easy to tuck in aroung you to seal of cold spots. If you get in, and I have done this, you have what you have and cannot do much about it. I vote for using it as a quilt. Mule
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    I think you risk soaking the part of the bag that is between your body and the pad. Using it as a quilt means there's no insulation there to soak. Use it like a quilt.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Just Jeff View Post
    I think you risk soaking the part of the bag that is between your body and the pad. Using it as a quilt means there's no insulation there to soak. Use it like a quilt.
    Wouldn't that be the same risk as using it on the ground as a sleeping bag on a pad, or do you think using it in a hammock would increase it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by hammock engineer View Post
    Wouldn't that be the same risk as using it on the ground as a sleeping bag on a pad, or do you think using it in a hammock would increase it?
    There are several factors. In a hammock you and your pads are surrounded by breathable fabric covered on the top side by a tarp with plenty of ventilation. In a tent you are on a bathtub floor that is a vapor barrier that is often mostly enclosed by a tent fly so there is much less air movement to assist in evaporation. Tents in general have more problems with condensation buildup than hammocks.

    Then there is the type of pad you are on and whether it contours to you body on the ground as well as it does in a hammock. Next is whether you toss and turn on the ground but stay put all night in one position in a hammock. Then there is what type of wicking material you are using with the pad, if any, or is built into the surface of the pad.

    In my experience in tents and hammocks over the years, it is six of one versus half dozen of the other and when I have problems is when it is a muggy, windless night where everything is damp. You have to have movement of drier air to evaporate moisture, if the surrounding air is very near its saturation point it isn't going to help evaporate any moisture. I have waited in the morning sun for a damp tent to dry out from condensation build up overnight where nothing seemed to happen until the direction of the wind changed and then the tent was dry in minutes as if by magic because the humidity of the air changed. But obviously you have other people that have the opposite experience where they almost always have problems with it in hammocks but seldom when sleeping in a tent.
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