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    First trip in the cold with this setup

    So I am going on my first trip with this setup in the cold. I have a HH backpacker and a Incubator 20 Degree with 2 oz overfill from HG. I know the weather is supposed to get down into the low 30's and high 20's at night. I was wondering if adding a emergency blanket between the UQ and the hammock would cause condensation? I dont have the top cover but do have a fleece liner and a 20 degree down sleeping bag ill be using as a TQ. What you guys think?

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    I'd be more than comfortable in that set up down in the low 20's myself ... I'd not use the emergency blanket ... mainly because it will cause condensation. Wet butt is not a fun thing!

    Now the other thing that will effect your comfort level is positioning your tarp or location so that you don't have a breeze blowing over you and you should be fine.

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    I personally would test your setup first without the noisy emergency blanket (which can indeed create condensation).

    Both bottom and top insulation look more then adequate to me..

    Looks like Hawk Eye beat me to it

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    Using a space blanket is useful in really cold weather as it acts as a vapour barrier. In the 20's and 30's as mentioned it would likely cause too much moisture to accumulate.
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    Def, agree with the folks above. Those quilts should more than handle those temps.
    However, a poncho liner makes a great cheap and easy over cover or backup insulator.
    Might give you a little extra confidence. Sounds like you might be new to the winter thing, check out some relevant threads to get some techniques to bolster your cold weather endurance. Things liketo Layering, food choices, hot water in a nalgene, can save you from discomfort and/or disaster.

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    Aluminized fabric is best used to reflect radiant heat. Drape it over the SRL at your head and chest area where your face and hands might be outside the TQ. It will cut down on wind chill from the sides but vent out the ends. If condensation forms on it then make it smaller so that you have more ventilation. Staying warm in the cold is a constant balancing act between dead air and moving air.

    When you build a fire fashion a space blanket into a reflective shield on the side opposite of your position to get a space heater effect. A British physicist named Rumford did a lot of work on radiant heat and designed a better fireplace in the 18th C. but Ben Franklin and others began to use cast iron and steel stoves so Rumford was practically forgotten except in technical fields. His work contributed greatly to our understanding of thermodynamics.

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    If you are concerned an underquilt protector can add some heat to your system without much weight at all, it also really helps with wind stealing you heat.
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    thanks for all the responses guys! Lots to think about

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