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    Yeah, it would probably be easier to do that if it was a home made hammock, using fabric from the dollar bin<G>.
    I think the SPE works great but occasionally I would have one of the wings flop over as I tossed & turned through the night.
    No big deal to put it back in place, but if it were the same width as the hammock & sewed in place, that should never be an issue.
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    When I was contemplating the 4x4 vs. the 2x2 when purchasing, the former is only 1 oz. heavier than the latter yet the extra wing may come in handy for cold weather. One could leave them empty if they didn't feel like packing them with some loft material.

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    There's a pic on my site where someone sewed a couple strips of elastic on each side of a Clark to hold a wing in place. Then she just laid the pad in there and it naturally lined up next to the pads so she had full coverage. The benefits of a SPE with the weight of 4 strips of velcro...except for the stackable pad management and some mobility, depending on your hammock model. She said it worked well but I've never tried anything like that.

    But maybe that means you could just sew the wing to the hammock's edge, with nothing to hold the main pad in place. If the wings were wide enough you wouldn't get any gaps. Again, depending on your hammock model (mostly width and angle of diagonal, I bet) this might be worth looking in to.
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    I'm 5' 6" and 185 lbs, the 2X2 worked fine. I find it easier to sleep on than a 30" wide pad. The wider pad seems to fold up all over the place and was difficult to get smooth.

    I still have an issue with the wings folding inward whenever I get out of my Claytor Expedition hammock. Getting the fold back to where it's supposed to be is easy on the zipper side, but the other side it can be difficult, but not impossible.

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    This is what I had in mind.

    It would probably be about the same length as the Speer SPE & maybe a couple inches wider than the hammock.
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    The evil hammock body seam rears its ugly head yet again..... Bwaaahahahahahaha
    I may be slow... But I sure am gimpy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ramblinrev View Post
    The evil hammock body seam rears its ugly head yet again..... Bwaaahahahahahaha
    What I have in the drawing is inside the hammock & probably at least a couple inches wider than the hammock, so it supports no weight.
    The only extra sewing to the hammock is were the "Built In SPE" is sewn to the hammock edges.
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    ahhhh... gotcha... That makes sense. High seams have been used lots.
    I may be slow... But I sure am gimpy.

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    How do you pack the spe? I cant imagine having to carry two pads!

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    I like the idea of SPE integrated into the hammock body.
    Carrying two pads..well your big pad can be an inflatable Thermarest, so doesn't take up a huge amount of space in the pack.
    The wing pads though, hmmm, well they do stack together for lashing on the bottom of the pack; depending on pack size they too could go inside.

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