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    EVA vs. Z-Lite for Torso Pad

    I'm looking at either a 1/4" EVA foam pad or a Z-lite pad for warmer temps as a torso pad (I have a UQ for colder temps). I like the look/feel of the z-lite but have read that the little indents can fill with condensation...not some thing I want. I have a small piece of 1/8" EVA and it fights me all the way when putting it inbetween the double layers of my hammock. I was thinking the 1/4" EVA pad would/might be easier...? Has anyone used both and like one better than the other?

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    The Z-lites are pretty stiff pads compared to EVA foam. I have not used a Z-lite in a hammock, but I don't think I would want to.
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    I use the Zlite in my bridge to supplement my underquilt when it is really cold. I keep it between the layers and it is great. The holes do fill with accumulated condensation, but this also takes it away from the hammock body, whereas a smooth pad, the condensation sits up on top and touches the hammock fabric. I have used it in gathered ends as well, but I find it to be a pain in a single, works not too bad in my dbl.

    Cheers

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    I really like the extra width of the 26"x48" from Jacks’R'Better.

    Or for a bit less with the current sale and free shipping, you could get a 24"x74" from http://lawsonequipment.com/ and cut it to torso length.

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    They're out of stock right now, but if/when I have to use a pad, I very much like the Gossamer Gear version:
    http://gossamergear.com/sleeping/1-4-wide.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by Callahan View Post
    I use the Zlite in my bridge to supplement my underquilt when it is really cold. I keep it between the layers and it is great. The holes do fill with accumulated condensation, but this also takes it away from the hammock body...

    Cheers
    Never thought about it that way....

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    Quote Originally Posted by KMACK View Post
    Never thought about it that way....
    It's become my go to pad for winter because of this. I have two or three other sleep pads, and with this one, although it is not as flexible as the others, I just carefully take it out of the double layers in the morning, all the condensation is trapped in the honey comb design, and give it a good shake out! Seems to work! Got down to -14c the other night with the z-lite and a 3 season underquilt...was very warm, had to vent the top quilt. I also like that it folds down flat, fits really well up against the back of my pack. YMMV!

    Cheers!

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