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    Backyard hang

    So, here's my bedroom for the night. Explorer Deluxe with HHSS, additional OCF pad, and radiant bubble pad underneath. Over top I have a really old -20C bag I'll be inside, as well as a -7C bag used as a topquilt. Monsoon Tarp covering everything. I actually received the overcover today, but it's too warm and damp out for it I think, so I'll be trying without it. Temp is sitting at -3C tonight, so I'll let everyone know how it went tomorrow. My previous coldest hand was 2C in May.


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    Was wondering just how cold steel could get before becoming brittle and then remembered to do my C to F conversion. Still colder than I normally see down here. Enjoy the hang.
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    Didn't end up being too enjoyable. I abandoned the hammock at 12:20 due to severe overheating and an uncomfortable hammock. I think the hammock has to be tightened. I had a few hard ridges running down the middle and my head was pushed up quite a bit. I've never experienced that in my hammock before. I'll fiddle with it tonight after work and give it another try. Forecast for tonight is -8C, so hopefully that will help with the overheating as well as readjusting the layers. I can't really remove any more clothes or I'll be sleeping in my birthday suit. That might cause issues with the neighbours.

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    I was down to -8c/18f in an old down top quilt 40* shamu, ccf, pad and a sock... Had my jacket zipped over my foot end of hammock... And I slept in cotton pants and t shirt... I was comfortable... I'm thinking you could ditch sleeping inside the bag and use it as a top quilt, give more venting options to me, but hang your own hang...
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    I ended up ditching the neck warmer, fleece sweater, and the top sleeping bag. Tonight I'll try the top sleeping bag and keep the other one stashed at my feet as a back up.
    It WAS very nice listening to the snow coming down last night. I just couldn't get comfortable or cool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NWOHanger View Post
    Didn't end up being too enjoyable. I abandoned the hammock at 12:20 due to severe overheating and an uncomfortable hammock. I think the hammock has to be tightened. I had a few hard ridges running down the middle and my head was pushed up quite a bit. I've never experienced that in my hammock before. I'll fiddle with it tonight after work and give it another try. Forecast for tonight is -8C, so hopefully that will help with the overheating as well as readjusting the layers. I can't really remove any more clothes or I'll be sleeping in my birthday suit. That might cause issues with the neighbours.
    I have the same problem with the ridges in my ENO dn. they are very uncomfortable. Anyone have any recommendations for preventing these ridges?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jtupnsmoke View Post
    I have the same problem with the ridges in my ENO dn. they are very uncomfortable. Anyone have any recommendations for preventing these ridges?
    I started a thread about something like this here http://www.hammockforums.net/forum/s...ad.php?t=65935

    I've tried raising my foot end of hammock and it helped, it seems like adjusting the ridgeline moved the "uncomfortable ridges" back and forth. Like the more sag I put in the hammock the ridge would move up towards my calf and soften some...hard to explain.

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    I'm pretty sure with my Hennessy it was because the hammock wasn't strung tight enough. My but was pretty close to the ground when I got out. When I set it up on the stand in the basement I was incredibly comfortable in it. There were no ridges at all.

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    So, two nights ago I tightened up the hammock and gave it another go.
    Slept OK through the night. The neighbours were out in their backyard periodically smoking and drinking, so I was kept up until well after 1am.
    I Started the night with the -7C bag used as a TQ, but zipped myself into it after about 45 minutes due to a cool backside. Sometime in the night I pulled the -20 bag over me when I woke up cool. Slept pretty warm until I woke up for good around 6:30am. I still have a crink in my neck from the hammock. It was MUCH more comfortable, but it still wasn't strung tight enough. I'll have to make sure it's strung right next time I used the stand.
    Temp was actually a couple degrees warmer than the previous attempt that I overheated in, but it was raining (in January in Northwestern Ontario!) all night. I'm thinking the dampness may have been a factor. Today was the last day of rain, and we're now back to winter temps (it was +5C this morning, dropped to -9 during the day) so I'm going to try it again with some dryer and colder temps soon.

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    I'm curious...have you used the overcover yet? That's the one part of the whole thing I've not yet actually used...although I've got a hang here in a couple of weeks were it might come into play, weather dependent.

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