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    first trip help

    i have a traveller lite hammock. i have made poncho liner underquilt and got a full length car shade, an inflatable thermarest pad, and a peice of 1.5 in polyester batting that will wrap around my upper body. im using a oold shower curtain that was huge for a tarp. i have a 0 degree mummybag i will unzip and use as topquilt. i was wondering it this setup would take me down to abt 40 degrees?

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    Welcome to the forum from middle TN.

    I think you should be able to handle 40deg easily with all of that, but the only way to be sure is to test. I spent many nights last Feb.-Apr. in the yard testing/upgrading my gear. I could not get the windsheild sceen, or pads, to work for me with a bottom entry Hennessy, so sorry I am not more help.

    If you are at home in the yard and you get too cold, you can go in and try something different next time. I had a few 2am bailouts getting things just right. And you are starting at the perfect time of year. By the time I had my gear together the lowest temps I could test in were the low to mid 30's. So I will be sleeping in the yard again in the upcoming months to test down to 15-20 degrees.

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    Welcome Jake. That setup sounds like it should get you to your desired results but only field-testing will reveal the truth. It depends upon many factors but it sounds like you're off to a great start.
    Syb
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    For me? Yes, definitely (from the sound of it, it would probably get me down into the upper 20s, but I'm a very hot sleeper). For you? I don't know. Testing will tell, though.

    Ragnall is definitely right that testing in the yard is best. However, should you lack trees in your yard (or a stand) to tie off to, car camping is the next best thing. Bring what you know will keep you warm at those temperatures with a "traditional" set-up and then test the stuff you're not sure about. That way, if you have a bad night, you have all of your extra gear there to fall back on--and, if the absolute worst happens, you can always get in the car and turn the heater on or drive back home.

    Also, welcome to the boards!

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    Thanks much, guys. I'm attempting my first hang tonight so time will tell. I got a few snaps to hold my pads and such in place, so I'll snap my pads to my poncho liner to keep it in place. The snaps will be installed when i figure out the best spot for my pads tomorrow morning. An update will be in order next week, seeing as this first trip will be living off the land for a week. Thanks for the advice everyone.

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    what kind of snaps?
    I'm new here. Have not heard of these.

    ty

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    Welcome to the forum from west Texas!

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    The poncho liner UQ gets me down to 45-degrees or so. Even more if I add an additional layer under my butt (Insultex, insul-brite, etc.)

    The windshield reflector will certainly help, but you may end up capturing moisture under your back... give it a try.

    The therm-a-rest will be overkill, IMHO. The real trick in a hammock is a wide pad, or an underquilt. Without a wide pad, your hips and shoulders get cold...

    Lots of us here use mummy bags as TQ's, I took an old REI bag from 100 years ago, cut off the hood and zipper...

    "Do or do not, there is no try." -- Yoda


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