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    Senior Member ShadowAlpha's Avatar
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    testing UL winter setup

    Iíve been working on building a winter UL hammock kit for low temps below freezing.

    I started with..
    Shelter: WBBB (Warbonnet Blackbird) hammock
    superfly tarp
    total = 52oz. (26ozs per item with suspension & guylines)

    Suspension note; On any of my hammocks I have switched out stock suspension to dynaglide whoopie slings & amsteel tree straps. using dutchware hardware (mini biners, hooks or tarp flyz)

    This is my current winter setup (for below freezing temps).

    winter insulation:
    UQ #1 3 season Yeti rated at 20-25degrees? 25/30+* is my comfort zone with this quilt = 12.5ozs

    OR

    UQ#2: hammockGear.com winter phoenix rated at zero degrees. 21.5ozs

    TQ: 3 season Hammockgear.com burrow top quilt. 20.1ozs

    Shelter:
    Warbonnet traveler hammock with modified suspension. 10ozs
    hammockgear.com cuben fiber tarp 7.5ozs with guylines
    mydiygear.com winter hammock sock 8.5ozs

    The setup today included UQ#2, TQ & the 3 shelter items listed. If my math is right total = 67.6ozs (4.25lbs)

    Thatís 1.6lbs? lighter than what i started with ó plus Iím carrying an extra item (the hammock sock) with the current setup.

    When I was testing the setup today - there was a bit of wind. As soon as I pulled up the hammock sock I could not feel the wind.

    It was funny trying to setup cuben tarp in the wind. Need to work on that skill some more..

    Iím really happy with the current winter setup. Iíll be testing this combo/setup for the first time next weekend. Iím excited to see how it performs. Night time temps looks like they might be well below freezing in NW GA.

    pics & report when I get back.
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    Senior Member G.L.P.'s Avatar
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    can't wait for the report
    looks like a nice setup
    It puts the Underquilt on it's hammock ... It does this whenever it gets cold

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    Quote Originally Posted by G.L.P. View Post
    can't wait for the report
    looks like a nice setup
    I'll probably set it up again tmwr to practice plus if I don't i'll get stuck in the house doing chores.

    Its much nicer on my back - my old bones likes the lightweight.

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    Very nice setup!
    Let us know how it performs, especially the 3 season TQ. --I returned my 3 season for a four season 0 rated because I found it a little light below 32deg.
    Is your sock made of silnylon? Does it simply fit snugly underneath the hammock? --then place the UQ over it?

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    Senior Member G.L.P.'s Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by ShadowAlpha View Post
    I'll probably set it up again tmwr to practice plus if I don't i'll get stuck in the house doing chores.

    Its much nicer on my back - my old bones likes the lightweight.
    yeah i get cranky if my pack weight gets over 13lbs
    It puts the Underquilt on it's hammock ... It does this whenever it gets cold

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    Senior Member ShadowAlpha's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by charlieb View Post
    Very nice setup!
    Let us know how it performs, especially the 3 season TQ. --I returned my 3 season for a four season 0 rated because I found it a little light below 32deg.
    Is your sock made of silnylon? Does it simply fit snugly underneath the hammock? --then place the UQ over it?

    Charlieb! Check out mydiygear.com the hammock sock is made by papa smuf. It pulls up over the whole hammock. I hope between uq. Sock & clothing the tq will work just fine.

    Glp. I think next weekend my pack weight should come in just under 10lbs before consumables. We'll see. Depends on weather & if I decide to throw in an extra layer of clothes.

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    Senior Member G.L.P.'s Avatar
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    yeah i'm looking into going out next weekend for my first hike just a quick overnight ....
    It puts the Underquilt on it's hammock ... It does this whenever it gets cold

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    Quote Originally Posted by ShadowAlpha View Post
    Charlieb! Check out mydiygear.com the hammock sock is made by papa smuf. It pulls up over the whole hammock. I hope between uq. Sock & clothing the tq will work just fine.

    Glp. I think next weekend my pack weight should come in just under 10lbs before consumables. We'll see. Depends on weather & if I decide to throw in an extra layer of clothes.

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    Under 10lbs for winter! That's impressive! Please provide the gear lists once you have it figured out. I can get under 10 for 3 seasons but no way for winter.

    S

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    Thats one heck of a setup shawdowalpha. Definitely looking forward to the report an hopefully the accompanying gear list. Maybe your thoughts on the sock after using it for a night?

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    Nice looking kit list

    Have you noticed any tree damage using the Amsteel straps as opposed to webbing? This would be a big weight/bulk saver if I did the same.

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