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    -7 Pads vs Underquilt on MN Winter Night

    Hey Hammock Tribe,
    Watching the full eclipse last night inspired a hammock test. Since I had on all the warm duds and had gotten the bug and sewed a double hammock based on Risks plans yesterday and had hung it to try .... I thought: "why not test"!
    So I have been thinking about pads vs underquilts and such.... or combinations of the two for cold camping. I am planning a thru-hike on the Superior Hiking Trail here in Mn in late April and it still gets pretty cold then especially up north. Wanting to keep weight and bulk down I either want a UQ or a pad. Made the double hammock as I want a stronger hammock for the thru-hike and extra material under me with a GG 1/4 inch wide pad and a sock & tarp. This is the choice I will most likely use.
    So last night I crawled in the double hammock with a CC pad slipped in between hammock layers, my spe with BA insulated mat inside hammock and hammock sock. No tarp used last night. The plan was to sleep in gear that I would be wearing on a winter trip. Wore to sleep: fleece balaclava, Possum Down beanie, Smartwool mid shirt, light poly zip shirt, Golite breeze wind shirt, fleece 200 weight top, Mont-Bell down short sleeve jacket and my down parks w/ hood pulled up. Wore a light fleece face mask since my head was out of the sock.
    Mont-Bell therma wrap pants (love these!), light fleece tights and poly long johns. Feet were warm in light Smartwool socks and a pair of expedition Smartwool socks over those. As always I slipped my JRB down sleeves over my feet in my REI 0 bag used as a quilt.
    Not too surprised that I stayed very warm!!! I feel the UQ would have boosted my warmth to max comfort but with 2 pads, spe, extra fabric on double hammock and hammock sock I now am assured that I can go out in sub-0 weather and stay warm. Next I will try double hammock and UQ with maybe a light pad as I would bring one anyway on a backpacking trip.
    I figure that I can save at least a pound to a pound and a half with some of these options. For the thru-hike a double hammock, GG pad, Sock and Tarp would see me down the trail.........
    That is my report ya'll.
    Shug
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    Is it weird that this kind of stuff is fun for people like those in the "Hammock Tribe"?

    Sounds like fun Shug, keep those results coming.
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    Cannibal,
    We do have what most folks consider a strange sense of FUN........
    Power to the Passionate!
    Shug of the Passionate
    Whoooo Buddy)))) I Love Onions, Grits, Greens, Livermush, NC Style BBQ, Potted Meat, Anchovies, 'Naner Puddin", Peanut Butter Pie, Red Velvet Cake and Cocoa and Straaaaaawwwwberrrry Milk and Coffee Crisps....
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    Cold is good... Extreme cold is EXTREMELY good! Gotta push the envelope!!

    We are Winter Warriors!! Nice report....
    Hammock hanging and fly fishing;it just doesn't get any better!

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    Interesting report. How was the comfort level on those pads, compared to no pads?

    How about condensation/sweat issues? Any problems?

    Was that the BA 15* air pad, or another?
    Bill

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    Quote Originally Posted by BillyBob58 View Post
    Interesting report. How was the comfort level on those pads, compared to no pads?

    How about condensation/sweat issues? Any problems?

    Was that the BA 15* air pad, or another?
    Bill
    Hey BillyBob,
    Comfort was terrific as I am a pad user and really have not goofed around without pads in a hammock at this time. I am really still fairly new at hammocking proper.
    No condensation whatsoever happened other than the outside of my hammock sock where I breathed. None on the pads. And it was the BA 15 mat. I really like it.
    Thanks for the interest.
    Shug
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    Thanks for the detailed report, Shug. I hate being cold and I always look very closely at these kinds of reports.

    HC

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