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    Prefers life at 12 MPH. FLRider's Avatar
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    I'm actually headed out to the Foothills Trail to thru-hike it this coming Sunday to Tuesday (though we may extend that to Wednesday if I find I can't keep the pace needed), and I'm leaving my underquilt at home. It's looking like forecasted mid-70s for the nightly lows, which means that I can get away with shoving my pack under my torso if I need extra bottom insulation (I assume that the forecast is up to 10 F off). Note, though, that I use a synthetic top quilt (which retains some insulative value tucked under my shoulders and hips compared to a down quilt) and am a very hot sleeper.

    If worse comes to absolute worst (say, it drops to 55 F and rains), I can take my poncho and suspend it underneath as a makeshift underquilt with forest duff shoved into it and then lay on top of my space blanket in the hammock to prevent evaporative heat loss in that direction.

    Anyway, I think that--as long as temperatures stay above 65 F--you'll be fine just shoving your pack under your torso if you sleep warm. If not, 70 is probably the cutoff.

    YMMV, though.

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    The southeast is humid as you know. I would take a cotton sheet as an "over quilt" to wick away the perspiration. This time of year a sheet is all most need providing you have synthetic clothing to wear if you should get cold and wet. If you have access to a coolmax sheet, that is REALLY the way to go in the humid south in summertime.

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    keeping warm

    i use poncho under quilt,plus top quilt in the warm weather, works for me.

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    If it is really hot, you will be fine.
    If it cools of at night, you will want something.

    I findt that even by mid 60s Ill definitely want something. Low 70s is even enough to notice the cooling effect you get from the hammock, though its tollerable.

    I recently made the PL underquilt, and it was awesome though the 50 something night. A tiny bit heavier then the foam pad, but packs so much better and is much more comfortable. The no sew one is incredibly easy, no reason not to do it.

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    stay safe and hydrated, it is HOT out there

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    To clarify, you're talking about a poncho and not a poncho liner? Thanks!
    Quote Originally Posted by dabaird View Post
    i use poncho under quilt,plus top quilt in the warm weather, works for me.

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