I know I know, there is the search feature, but I could not find a clear answer to this one.
The plan is to go on a 2 day 1 night hike on the AT in the mountains of VA in mid to late October. Average low temperature is 42 where we are going, but obviously I have to assume it could get down to 32.
We are looking at the Grand Trunk SkeeterBeeter Ultralite Hammocks. Here is where the question comes in.
I have a 0 degree mummy bag that keeps me warm when the temperature is below 32 and I am just in my boxers. Do you think I need an underquilt? This is definitely a budget hike, so if I can save the money on this I will. But on the other hand, I do know what its like to be COLD at night. Not just...I'm cold, but the shivering not able to close my eyes cold.
So yeah, assume temp can get to 32 degrees. I am in a Hammock with a 0 degree mummy bag. Do I need an underquilt, and if I do, would just a sleeping pad work for the time being.
If you have a sleeping pad I dont see anything wrong with not havong an underquilt. I still dont have one and have been down to 45 comfortably in a 20 deg bag and nothing else. Just started playing with bads in my Single layer Blackbird. So you having a 0 deg you should be okay with that and a pad. But if you have money to buy a 20 deg underquilt, it would be better. OR you could make a DIY Poncho Liner underquilt for now if you dont have the money to buy one. Good luck
Is it a down bag or a synthetic? If it's a down bag, I'd err on the side of caution and add a pad and a Speer Pad Extender to ensure that your sides don't get cold. Call it ~$20 invested, assuming you have a sewing machine (or are willing to glue wings to a pad; same idea).
If it's a synthetic bag, you would definitely be able to get by with a standard pad at those temperatures, with no wings. Mostly because a synthetic bag won't compress as much on your sides. I wouldn't trust the bag at its rated 0* temp without some extra under insulation, but at thirty degrees higher? Yeah, I'd gamble on that.
Hey there. I would use a pad in the hammock for sure. As well as the sleeping bag.
Have a fun time out there.
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