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    What is cheapest way to "hammock camping" during the winter?

    Hi all,

    Does any hammock experts have a cheap neat trick to make any ordinary hammock winter proof? if so, which type hammock and what are the material.

    Thanks in advance,
    Rafael

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    FL winter or zero and below? i don't take chances below freezing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rafael Haney View Post
    Hi all,

    Does any hammock experts have a cheap neat trick to make any ordinary hammock winter proof? if so, which type hammock and what are the material.

    Thanks in advance,
    Rafael
    That will depend on where you will be experiencing winter conditions...

    FL winters are much different from MA winters...etc....

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    The hammock is not what will keep you warm. The insulation around or in the hammock is what provides the insulation. Any camping hammock can use insulation.
    As far as the insulation goes, there are hundreds of threads covering that.

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    In addition to insulation you have to change your tarp. Don't know about Florida but up north for winter I use a bigger tarp with "doors" to enclose the hammocks.
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    Hang your hammock in the bedroom in the winter.

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    "Cheapest"?

    For Florida, at least, two WallyWorld blue CCF pads on the bottom (take the second one, cut it up and add "wings" to the first one; take the remainder and put it where the center of your torso will be on the pad) and a pair of poncho liners matched with a pair of $3 fleece WallyWorld throws on top. Add a tarp where you can close the doors or an hammock sock made of nylon, and you're good to go.

    Minus the tarp or sock, you're looking at ~$60 or so. But, this is going to be heavy and--especially--bulky compared to a lot of the insulation options out there. Figure you're looking at ~8 or 9 lbs of insulation. And probably close to 20 L of space.

    If you can DIY the sock (probably the cheaper of the two options for wind-blocking), you're looking at another ~$30 or so. So, call it $100 and be done.

    Mind you, that's just an estimate. If you truly bargain hunt, you could probably bring that down by 10% or even 20%.

    Hope it helps!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bubba View Post
    In addition to insulation you have to change your tarp. Don't know about Florida but up north for winter I use a bigger tarp with "doors" to enclose the hammocks.
    A lot do but you don't have too. I have never liked having doors on my tarp.
    Part of what I really like about hammocks is being able to look outside.
    I just use a large tarp and pay attention to which way the wind is coming from.

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    cheapest? i would think clear painter's plastic sheet draped over your tarp and goes to the floor on all sides, ala Mors Kochanski super shelter. fire on the outside of the plastic. not lightweight, but would do the job of capturing heat from the fire outside and keeping it inside the shelter system.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gary_R View Post
    A lot do but you don't have too. I have never liked having doors on my tarp.
    Part of what I really like about hammocks is being able to look outside.
    I just use a large tarp and pay attention to which way the wind is coming from.
    True you don't have to have a tarp with doors especially in Florida but for me in winter when its -25 C and the snow is blowing I'm thankful for doors.
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