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  1. #11
    slowhike's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by alacamper View Post
    this is kinda new to me don't know a lot about this so what about the weight seem knida heavy to pack
    It is... but it sure does feel good... & warm too
    In addition to the extra weight, a couple other cons are that I sometimes feel a light dampness from condensation (probably when I get too warm) & the extra work of inflation & deflation when backpacking.

    If I get a hammock that feels good enough on my back (scar tissue from two surgeries) & a nice warm UQ, I may drop the DAM. But for now, it's the best sleep I can get.
    don`t leave the CREATOR out of the creation!

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    Quote Originally Posted by alacamper View Post
    this is kinda new to me don't know a lot about this so what about the weight seem knida heavy to pack
    Yes, the weight is high, but if you need to sleep on the ground, then you still have a comfortable place to sleep.
    --Don---

    May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds. - Ed Abbey

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slo View Post
    I've heard of great results with an exped downmat in a hammock.. just leave them partially inflated so it comforms to the hammock. Would probably work great in a bridge hammock
    Yep.

    Quote Originally Posted by markie*mark0 View Post
    As already mentioned, Exped Downmat is what you want, i've used mine in a gathered end hammock and kept me warm, although a little fiddly to get setup right (too much inflation = tippy, not enough inflation = cold)
    I fill mine about half way then I let out all but about 1 inch of air as I lay on it.

    Quote Originally Posted by BER View Post
    I also like my Exped Dam9 in my bridges. Wonderfully warm, but a bit heavy compared to other options. But mine serves dual purpose, so makes sense for me.
    + 1

    Quote Originally Posted by krugd View Post
    Yes, the weight is high, but if you need to sleep on the ground, then you still have a comfortable place to sleep.
    +1

    I love my Exped 9 DLX especially when I am not sure if I have to go to ground or can hang.

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    I've been using an Exped 9 DLX on the ground in the winter. great pad, but 41 ounces.
    It's not procrastinating, its proactively delaying the implementation of the energy-intensive phase of the project until the enthusiasm factor is at its maximum effectiveness.

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    bender pad

    Quote Originally Posted by kayak karl View Post
    I've been using an Exped 9 DLX on the ground in the winter. great pad, but 41 ounces.
    Recently got one with the integrated pump, and I have to say, if it weren't so heavy (44oz), I could consider sleeping on the ground full time. Yes, it was that good!

    But I decided that what really worked for me was the confidence the pad gave for me taking my hammock in colder weather and having something that supplemented my gear enough that I didn't need to bring extra gear to stay warm, whether in a hammock or on the ground.

    The wide pad didn't work so well in my Claytor DL, so I was going to go down to the 20" pad and then ran into the Bender pads (Kooka Bay). As good as the exped pad is, its going back. Not only is the Bender pad warmer and lighter (29oz) and less expensive, but it has a standard Thermarest valve that works well with an Instaflator. I got the mummy cut and that seems to work better for me in the hammock.

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    Down mats I have found work real well.
    Exped will be having a new DAM UL 7 out this March 2012 , it will weigh
    only 26,5 oz . 1lb lighter then the DAM 9LW, 12,5 oz lighter then the
    DAM 7 LW (77,5 " longer x 26" wide)
    For hammock or cold weather use I wouldn't go smaller.

    They also come with what they call the "Snoozle Dry Bag". That acts like large dry bag/rapid inflater. Weighs only 1,4 oz.

    fourdog

    www.fourdog.com

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    IIRC Gardenville on Backpacking light created a silk hammock with tubes running down it that he inserted plastic tubes into and added down as well. A bit like the cuben underquilt hammock but with silk and plastic.

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