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    Why do pads get a bad rap?

    Hey all, just wondering why pads seem to be hated. Never used a underquilt yet, been fine with pads and sleeping bag. (Don't even have a normal pad, I use a yoga mat.

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    The blue foam.pads are a bit stiff and there is of course issues with condensation... I find them way less comfortable than my underquilt which is barely noticeable on my hammock... That being said they are a necessary evil sometimes... Like when stretching your 40* under quilt to the teens...

    They are useful and some people use them exclusively, but an underquilt is more comfortable to me...
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    Personally, I don't use a mat for two reasons. 1. It moves. I move around during the night and well, I move the pad moves the wrong way and I have to adjust several times during the night. Not only that, but getting out/back in the hammock is a pain because the pad moves and comes half way out with me. 2. Warmth. I seem to stay a lot warmer with an UQ on the outside. The pad just doesn't seem to block the cold as well somehow.

    This is just my opinion though, hope it helps.

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    I find that an UQ is just much more comforatable for me. I like being wrapped in my cocoon of downy goodness. If youre looking for a way to get into UQ for cheep and have some sewing skills or know someone nice enough to help you the diy insultex underquilt on diygearsupply.com is highly recomended. It probably weighs about the same as your yoga mat and it only costs about $40 for the materials.
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    One reason I think is because it's just so nice to be wrapped above and below in down. Very cocoon like feeling. However I think pads work just as well in some applications like in the JRB bmbh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LazyCamper View Post
    Hey all, just wondering why pads seem to be hated. Never used a underquilt yet, been fine with pads and sleeping bag. (Don't even have a normal pad, I use a yoga mat.
    Pads work fine but typically if you try an UQ, you won't go back to a pad. The comfort is much greater
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    Quote Originally Posted by SleepingBeauty View Post
    Personally, I don't use a mat for two reasons. 1. It moves. I move around during the night and well, I move the pad moves the wrong way and I have to adjust several times during the night. Not only that, but getting out/back in the hammock is a pain because the pad moves and comes half way out with me....
    One would think there should be Benny Hill music playing whilst one is trying to get settled in.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tinkr View Post
    I find that an UQ is just much more comforatable for me. I like being wrapped in my cocoon of downy goodness. If youre looking for a way to get into UQ for cheep and have some sewing skills or know someone nice enough to help you the diy insultex underquilt on diygearsupply.com is highly recomended. It probably weighs about the same as your yoga mat and it only costs about $40 for the materials.
    Thanks, I'll look into it.

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    Down! Easier to pack, Easier to set up and keep there, Like sleeping on a cloud a UQ is, but,,,alot guys will say the same thing about a pad. Hang your hang, do your thingy.

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    Pads can be uncomfortable. But, they are both lighter and cheaper than a good under quilt. Some of the discomfort of a pad can be mitigated by using a double layered hammock and putting the pad between the two layers. Also, for a hammock, you need a wider pad than you do if you sleep on the ground. A 20" wide pad just doesn't work, you need about 25" to 30" wide pad in a hammock.

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