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    Exclamation Need some advice on keeping the cold out for a big fella.

    Ok so I need some advice from you all again. I had back sugary not to long ago and it looks like I will not be healed up enough to go for hanging until spring. So I am working on building up and refining my rig. So here is where I need your help I am a big fella 6 foot three and AROUND 350. I am wide at the shoulders and now that my back is not what it used to be. The cool air in the hammock plays havoc with my back. I need to do something to keep off the cold. My question is what do my wide brothers out there use to keep out the cold? I have been on workers comp so I am looking for a solution that will not break the bank. If Pads are the way to go what pads should I look into? And any tips on keeping the pads in the hammock? I would love to do an UQ but my budget will not allow me that option right now. Would like to make my own but I have no thread injector and the materials I would need are a little over my budget right now. (Had to buy a new hammock mine ripped out on me in a test hang.) Any input would be greatly appreciated.

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    hey bigbogg, i have used a closed cell foam pad (ridgerest) and an extra sleeping bag under it and have taken it to about 15 degrees last early winter when i first got into hanging. I had some major condensation on the pad when i got up in themorning, but it worked out ok. obviously a underquilt would be best, but if the budget won't allow it, you gotta do what you gotta do.

    what hammock split on you?I am down from 427 to 373 and this whole time i have been using ENO doublenest and it has worked great.

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    It was a DIY that was made for me. It wasn't the hammock it self. With my back being sore I was having a hard time moving around to get in the sweet spot. And I think I dug the zipper on the hammock and it was enough to make a hole that just wanted to make itslf bigger.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Papi View Post
    hey bigbogg, i have used a closed cell foam pad (ridgerest) and an extra sleeping bag under it and have taken it to about 15 degrees last early winter when i first got into hanging. I had some major condensation on the pad when i got up in themorning, but it worked out ok. obviously a underquilt would be best, but if the budget won't allow it, you gotta do what you gotta do.

    what hammock split on you?I am down from 427 to 373 and this whole time i have been using ENO doublenest and it has worked great.

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    Understanding the cost issues, here is a long term solution (which usually is the low cost option).

    Get a double layer hammock - pads stay in place and the hammock can support more weight.

    Hennessy offers a wide reflectix pad. http://hennessyhammock.com/catalog/p...bubble_pad-xl/

    I also ordered a 60" wide minicell pad and used the HH pad as a template to create another pad. If required, you could make the pad wider to meet your needs.

    And of course a down underquilt is tough to beat.

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    If you have access to an army navy surplus store try this a PLUQ http://www.hammockforums.net/forum/s...highlight=pluq friend of mine just put one together for $35.
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    Definitely look into the PLUQ. At this time of year you can usually find the poncho liners on sale, look at sportmansguide.com (they run from $17 to $29 + shipping). Check out some of the local thrift stores in your area for used camping gear you may find a sleeping bag that can be converted to an UQ.
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    I highly recommend the PLUQ for non-winter camping...but, there is an issue with the width on it. If you do the double-layer, no-sew version found here, the poncho liner will only be about 42" across. If that's wide enough for your shoulders and girth, then, definitely go for it! If not, you may want to look into converting a full-size sleeping bag.

    What kind of camping do you do? Is it mostly car camping? Is it bicycle camping? Is it hiking/backpacking? This will determine what you want to go with, as your needs on the sliding scale of warmth/volume/weight/cost/ease-of-use/ease-of-construction vary.

    Me, I fall on the line between traditional camping and lightweight camping (not ultralight), with volume, cost, and ease-of-use being my largest motivators. So, the PLUQ is perfect for me.

    I did a field report on it here that details some of the issues I found in construction and set-up (mostly due to my own inexperience and idiocy). Hope it helps!

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