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    Member macinnisl's Avatar
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    Single Layer Vs Double Layer Hammock

    Hello....

    So I'm looking for opinion on single vs double layer hammocks. I have read if you plan on using a pad get a double hammock and then I have also read on Hennessey website that you shouldn't get the double layer (safari) if you plan on sleeping in the cold as the SS would be better.

    Here is what I'm looking at I will likely be building a DIY Hammock... I am also considering the Hennessey Exped and WBBB. When I consider the WBBB there's single and double layer models.

    For starters I'm planning on using a pad for my insulation sure... But eventually I probably will want to upgrade to a underquilt and I don't want to have to buy a whole new Hammock.

    So what's the Pros and Cons and opinions on here on what I should do. I live in Canada so quite often the nights get chilly and I am looking at a extended trip this summer and I want to sleep outdoors.

    Thanks for the help!

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    Unless you are a gram weenie, going with a double layer won't hurt you in the future. Many of my hammock are double layers - i like the feel and the ability to use the pad (though its rare for me). I tend to go single layer for my netless hammocks more often.
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    I'm with dragon360. Although I often opt for an UQ, I like being able to use a pad, which is lighter to carry. I also like the feel of the double layer, which many say protects against bug bites in warmer months, and I don't mind the relatively slight weight penalty. You'll be able to find lots of threads with thoughtful comments about the pros and cons of each. I have a double layer WBBB and Wilderness Logics Lite Owl and love them both. Good luck with your decision.
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    If you never use a pad and use an UQ.. I don't really see the need for a double layer.
    If you only use a partial quilt you might need more for bugs but I have yet to get a bug bite though mine. I usually wear baselayers to bed and I prefer 3/4-full length quilts for comfort.
    You can also just buy an UQ protector for when you need it.

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    Except for bridge hammocks, pads are always a little bit squirelly in between the layers, so I actually find I like being on top of the pad so I can grab and adjust it. When using an UQ, its more efficient to have only a single layer, albeit minimally so.

    I personally haven't seen much difference in the lay for single/double layered hammocks, but might make a more significant difference the more you get up towards the top end of the weight capacity. (I'm 170)

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    Really depends on the use and the hammock. For me in the subzero cild with a claytor the dl is great with a pad.

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    I swear my double layer is a bit warmer than my single layer. Plus is just feels alot better to me. More support it seems.

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    If you are going to use pads, then definitely a double layer is called for.

    If you are NOT going to use pads, why bother with the extra complexity of a double layer hammock? Not to mention the added expense of twice the fabric.

    Lastly, there have been times in the dark when returning from watering the bushes, when I had to fiddle for a moment to make sure I wasn't going to get back in between the layers.
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    Even though it is mostly uneeded for strength, I like the rock solid feel that a double layer gives me.
    I alternate between single layer and double layer depending on the nature of the trip.
    The farther I plan to hike, the less appealing the extra layer becomes.

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    I don't use a pad anymore, but I'm really fond of my BIAS double-layer Weight Weenie Micro. I use it anytime I'm hiking less than seven miles. For longer mileage, I use a single layer WWM. The double layer just feels more substantial to me.

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