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    System Test

    With the temps expected to drop just below freezing last night I decided to do a backyard test of my planned Maine in June sleeping system.

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    Crawled in around 11:00 pm. Started off without torso pad and down jacket. Woke around 2:00 am (mother nature) and draped the down jacket over my shoulders and went back to sleep. Around 3:30 woke a little cool on my hips and shoulders. I added the torso length foam pad and slept fine until 6:00 am. All in all I was pleased considering that I am a cold sleeper. It never got below freezing. The low at 6:00 am was 34. This was my first night in the Adventure Racer. It wasn't bad. Of course it is not as roomy as my HH ULBP but I do not move around much and it saves my 15 oz over the ULBP.

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    Sounds like success!

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    Southmark, I think you are overstating the Racer hammock's weight savings a mite. The Hennessy UL Backpacker weighs 20 oz (hammock only), so how could the racer be 15 ounces lighter?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Take-a-knee View Post
    Southmark, I think you are overstating the Racer hammock's weight savings a mite. The Hennessy UL Backpacker weighs 20 oz (hammock only), so how could the racer be 15 ounces lighter?
    I don't know, but I want a 5 oz hammock!!!!!!!

    Seriously, good job on a system test. Any test that doesn't involve you bailing and going inside for the remainder of the night is a gooooooood test.
    Trust nobody!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Take-a-knee View Post
    Southmark, I think you are overstating the Racer hammock's weight savings a mite. The Hennessy UL Backpacker weighs 20 oz (hammock only), so how could the racer be 15 ounces lighter?
    TAK,

    HHAR is 15 oz incl the tarp/fly, about 6 oz for that model... so HHAR hammock only is about 9-10 oz

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter_pan View Post
    TAK,

    HHAR is 15 oz incl the tarp/fly, about 6 oz for that model... so HHAR hammock only is about 9-10 oz

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    Well, a Hyperlite weighs a pound, and is the same size as a BPUL, so that racer must be absolutely miniscule, IIRC it's demensions are slightly shorter and ten inches narrower? Must be made from some thin stuff, I see why they don't offer them for sale anymore.

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    The racer weighs exactly 11 oz on my digital scale without fly. My ULBP weighs 26 oz on same scale without fly. That is a savings of 15 oz. I use the same fly for both and the same tree huggers for both.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Take-a-knee View Post
    Well, a Hyperlite weighs a pound, and is the same size as a BPUL, so that racer must be absolutely miniscule, IIRC it's demensions are slightly shorter and ten inches narrower? Must be made from some thin stuff, I see why they don't offer them for sale anymore.
    Yes it is small (and is extremely thin material but I am anal when it comes to gear care. You are right that Hennsey does not make them anymore. They were originally designed sort of as a throw away for adventure racers. They had a disclaimer on their web site stating that they were not recommended for backpacking but I am stubborn. I picked this one up used over on backpackinglight.com. It was a prototype and is actually smaller than the production model. Just had to try it out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by southmark View Post
    Yes it is small (and is extremely thin material but I am anal when it comes to gear care. You are right that Hennsey does not make them anymore. They were originally designed sort of as a throw away for adventure racers. They had a disclaimer on their web site stating that they were not recommended for backpacking but I am stubborn. I picked this one up used over on backpackinglight.com. It was a prototype and is actually smaller than the production model. Just had to try it out.
    One of the Jacks (JRB guys) has used a racer quite a bit with no problems. If they would make one from the same stuff they make the hyperlite from I would have to try one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by southmark View Post
    The racer weighs exactly 11 oz on my digital scale without fly. My ULBP weighs 26 oz on same scale without fly. That is a savings of 15 oz. I use the same fly for both and the same tree huggers for both.
    Your backpacker UL is heavier than mine or something is wrong with my scale. Do you have the 250# rated ridgeline?

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