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    Cardboard/paper as insulation?

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    I'm about to purchase a Hennessy Backpacker Ultralight A-Sym. Since I'm a bycicle tourer I'm going to "camp" on urban/suburban areas most of the times. I'll carry the 4-season shelter system with me, the thin Underpad and a space blanket: should keep me warm enough on most nights, but if the temperature drops I'd rather take advantage of what's available nearby than carry an extra pad...
    has anybody tried this system already and can tell its effectiveness/drawbacks? for instance, could the edge of a cardboard cut on the hammock if used INSIDE the hammock?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bestianera View Post
    hi

    I'm about to purchase a Hennessy Backpacker Ultralight A-Sym. Since I'm a bycicle tourer I'm going to "camp" on urban/suburban areas most of the times. I'll carry the 4-season shelter system with me, the thin Underpad and a space blanket: should keep me warm enough on most nights, but if the temperature drops I'd rather take advantage of what's available nearby than carry an extra pad...
    has anybody tried this system already and can tell its effectiveness/drawbacks? for instance, could the edge of a cardboard cut on the hammock if used INSIDE the hammock?
    cardboard from things shipped from china in the softest. thicker the corrugation the warmer (jump on it to soften it up). bubble wrap is good. carpet pieces or pad from a carpet place or construction dumpster. a hammock would of been cool under the boardwalk

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    Welcome to the forum. I would be careful putting something like cardboard in the hammock. Be sure to inspect carefully for staples, sharp edges of carton glue etc. As for the effectiveness of such material I can't say, but please let us know how well it works.
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    The olher thing that would bother me about some found materials, especially things like corrugated cardboard is the potential for hitchhikers to be present. Some spiders and other critter bites can be quite serious. Critters are known to migrate and take refuge in shipping materials and discarded boxes.
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    Paper or card board is good insulation in my opinion and if you can find enough you could inspect it and use it. However, a blue WalMart pad weighs only a few ounces, and can be rolled up to fit somewhere on your bike and you will be able to rest assured of having what you need. Good luck and welcome.
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    If I had to use urban found materials, I'd go for newspaper. It is proven to insulate, and it can be bought cheaply or gotten for free brand new, very clean. Just crumple it up a bit.

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    Windshield Reflector?

    Haven't tried this out yet, but I purchased a windshield solar reflector to use as an insulator. The surface is made of reflective material, similar to a space blanket. It's light and looks like it should pack down fairly well. Has anyone else tried this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by gladiator View Post
    Haven't tried this out yet, but I purchased a windshield solar reflector to use as an insulator. The surface is made of reflective material, similar to a space blanket. It's light and looks like it should pack down fairly well. Has anyone else tried this?
    Quite a few around here have tried them. Most opt for better insulating options.
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    I should add that I intend to use the reflector in conjunction with my BA sleeping pad and bag combo. I'm hoping that combination will be warm enough for late fall/early spring hikes.


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    Quote Originally Posted by gladiator View Post
    I should add that I intend to use the reflector in conjunction with my BA sleeping pad and bag combo. I'm hoping that combination will be warm enough for late fall/early spring hikes.


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    Hey Gladiator, depending on how low those overnight temps will get for you in late fall/early spring, I would think that the reflector sheet paired up with your Big Agnes bag/pad combo would help retain some heat, some. Granted your level of comfort is up to you, are you a cold sleeper? Hot sleeper? That is a big factor in determining what colder weather gear to bring. It really seems like the underquilt is the way to go in the long run, however I don't have one yet and I have been fine to below freezing with a 3/4 selfinflatable pad, 30 degree synthetic bag, and good thermal base clothing with no underquilt or tarp. At least you don't have to wrestle with you pad with the Big Agnes bag, good luck.
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