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    Speers SPE

    Has anyone here tried the Speers SPE?
    If yes, how about a short review?

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    Great product. Everything said about it on the Speer site is true. Really helps in keeping multiple pads together. Dont bother with the 4x4 unless your really big.
    "Every day above ground is a good day"

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    Thanks

    Thanks Fringer.. .hey did you see my other post about being swallowed up by the Speers hammock? Maybe with a pad it wouldn't be so bad.

    And no, I'm not big, I'm lit-tle!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Annie View Post
    Thanks Fringer.. .hey did you see my other post about being swallowed up by the Speers hammock? Maybe with a pad it wouldn't be so bad.

    And no, I'm not big, I'm lit-tle!
    A pad with wings will open up the hammock some. Along with lying on the diagonal.
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    Annie,

    My Speer SPE arrived yesterday and I used it last night in an ENO Doublenest with a Big Agnes Re-Routte air mattress with DIY CCF side inserts, on a Byer Vario hammock stand in the living room. The temperature was a frigid 60 degrees. with a newly-purchased dehumidifier (BTW, the de-humidifier is amazing! It makes a soggy, mildewy Pacific Northwest house much more comfortable and reduces wintertime, rainy season allergies to mold and mildew)

    The Speer SPE is great. I wish I would've had one during the Summer of 2007, my first hiking/camping season in a hammock, when I used a Hennessy and a DIY. The main problem with a hammock for me is chill from coming into contact with cold nylon. The SPE puts foam along the sides and keeps it there which insulates you from the hammock's cold nylon. I wish I would've bought this thing in the beginning. Its indispensible for cool weather hammocking.

    I really liked how I could squirm around and sleep on my side and still be insulation since the SPE keeps pads together.

    Dont bother with the 4x4 unless your really big.
    I disagree. I'm just under 6' tall, about 165 lbs. and not broad shouldered. The SPE's side flaps just barely wrapped around my sides and shoulders because it would slide down the hammock's sides. And, as I wrestled around at night to try to lay flat, the side flaps would get pushed around and baely cover my sides when squished. Perhaps I put a higher value on extra side insulation than others? A short petite female may get by with a 2x2 but I'm sure glad I bought a 4x4.
    Last edited by hikingjer; 11-11-2008 at 11:05.

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    The 2x2 SPE works fine for me in a Hennessy. I'm 5'8"/165#.

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    I definitely need the 4x4. At 6'1", 205. Well, anyway I prefer it, not sure if I could possibly get by with the 2x2, but it seems like I pretty well take up most of the extra width. I guess I could just put pads in the sleeves next to the pad only sometime and see if I could get by. Great product though, IMO.
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    I made a homemade version of the 2x2 and it's been fine for me at 5' 10" and 185 lbs. Great idea and the real product is better than my homemade version. Ed and Dave (Youngblood) make some great stuff. If you're gonna use a pad, it's definitely the way to go IMO.
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    I've thought about building an SPE into a hammock.
    It would be as wide as the hammock & sewn to both edges.
    don`t leave the CREATOR out of the creation!

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    i've been kicking around similar crazy ideas slowhike... I'm having a tough time keeping my pad in place sometimes, and I've tried to think of all kinds of nutty stuff to keep it in place. I don't think I'm quite ready to start sewing my brand new hammock, though

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