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    New Member Slick's Avatar
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    First follow up:
    I've been out a couple of nights w/o shelter, but the temps still were only in the mid 40's. It's Florida, after all. I have to say, I love this quilt more each time I use it. With no shelter, mid 40's, I slept really warm. I was amazed how well it blocked the wind.

    I'm going out again this weekend to the Sugar Creek area of the Suwannee River for some paddling and camping. I'm only taking a tarp for shelter. The low should be around 34. I'll report back again as this will be the coldest I'll routinely get it out in. It doesn't often get colder than this in Florida and I don't often get up to the mountains in the winter.

    I noted before that I got a smaller quilt and I wasn't sure if I was going to take Tim up on his offer to swap it. I decided to keep it. I've simply been so comfortable with it that there's no reason to swap it.
    Ryan

    With our powers combined... we should be able to get these hammocks out of the dirt.

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    humid environments

    Have you used the epiphany in very high humidity? I'm concerned about the down not drying out. Also what are your thoughts about a combo with a Cuben under quilt?

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    New Member Slick's Avatar
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    @Tosh

    I donít know exactly how humid itís been, but I am in FloridaÖ In the cooler months itís a bit better, of course, but itís relative. To tell you the truth, I donít think the down gets wet at all. I do get a bit of condensation on the bottom side of the quilt, but it being a vapor barrier seems to keep the down dry. Of course I canít really get to the down, but I can see it pretty well through the white cuben. It moves like itís dry and fluffy.

    As for pairing it with a cuben UQ, my DIY UQ is cuben and down, as well. Itís no problem at all. The cloth of the hammock body keeps everything in good shape.
    The Epiphany makes a great UQ, by the way. Did you see my pics of that earlier in this post?
    Ryan

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    New Member Slick's Avatar
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    I said Iíd follow up on the lower tempsÖ Sorry itís taken so long.

    Well, Iíve had it out in as low as 28 degrees over this past winter. The Epiphany worked as well as Iíd hoped for. I havenít been using any shelter at all lately. Just the quilt and a Therm-a-Rest on a ground cloth, so Iím really counting on the quilt to keep me warm with nothing else around me. I have to say, it is a bit more comfy in the hammock. Itís easier to keep the sides down all around me and my UQ pulls up along the side of the hammock. However, it does fine on the ground, too. It came with shock cord to run under the sleeping pad to solve that problem, though I generally donít use it.

    Iíve probably slept under this quilt 20 or 25 nights now, from 28 up to 52 degrees on the thermometer whenever I happened to get up and look during the night. Itís working pretty well through that range, though on the warmer end it does get a little clammier. I am careful with it, but durability thus far hasnít been an issue. I expect to get a lot more use out of it.

    Iím just as happy with it now as when I used it for the first time.
    Ryan

    With our powers combined... we should be able to get these hammocks out of the dirt.

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    Great overview, thanks for the info

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