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    Hammock Sock

    I just got a hammock sock from Hammock Engineer, similar to the one (from the plans?) at: http://www.tothewoods.net/HomemadeGearHammockSock.html

    OMG! This thing is great, it weighs about 11 OZ but added at least (percieved) 5 Deg. warmth.

    On the test night in question the temp only got down to 40, but there was (I think) significant wind chill. In my back yard the wind usually (90%) comes from the West, or at least a Westerly direction, for some reason it shifted to coming from the North that night. without the sock I would haveundoubtedly had to change orientation of my tarp / Hammock or go inside & sleep in a, dare I say it, , , Bed But with the sock on, I slept thru the night. H.E. has a draw string at the head end of the sock, & I had it pulled nearly closed, leaving about a 4" diam. opening, this was facing into the wind, yet I felt no breeze at all. I feel that with the tarp / hammock oriented correctly the added benifit would have been about 10 degrees or more. I woke several times without my overquilt on, granted I was chilly, but I wasnt overly cold, and warmed quickly once I re-covered. The night before under similar conditions (wind from the west tho) I would NOT have been out from under my quilt, so I must assume I got a bit too warm, which is GREAT!

    I do'nt know if such a thing would work on a HH, but on a Spear style (I have a SG "Skeeter beeter" travel hammock) it is WONDERFUL. And an additional 5 - 10 or more degrees for only 11 OZ, It's worth the weight "cost", at least to me. AND, it fits inside my snakeskins.

    So, if you have the ability, I highly reccomend a "hammock sock" at least for cool or cold weather.

    My setup:
    SG "Skeeter beeter" travel hammock.
    SG 9X9 "Neo" tarp
    KAQ Patomic underquilt.
    Very OLD (over 21 years) 30 degree sleeping bag, used as a quilt.
    14" x 20" X 1/4" ensolite pad under my torso (it's my sit pad) just because.

    With the above set up, I easily do 30 deg.

    Add the "H.E. special" Hammock sock, and I think (hope?) I can get to 25, maybe lower.

    Imagine how cold I'll be able to go with a new overquilt Which I order this afternoon.


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    That's great Doctari. Hammock socks do go a long way to make for a comfortable night.

    You got any pics?
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    Good news Doctari. I'll be making one of these before it gets cold again. Yes, please post pics!

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    Glad you like it and getting use out of it. Other wise it would be sent to the land of misfit projects.

    I noticed the biggest difference when it was cold. I think I was measuring something close to 20 deg difference above my face. This was huge for me, basically making the air I was breathing in a lot warmer. It was maybe 10 degrees at the footend.
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    Hmm do you use this in conjuction with an underquilt?

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    Quote Originally Posted by funbun View Post
    Hmm do you use this in conjuction with an underquilt?
    Mine is sized to allow for an underquilt, but it can be used just as well by itself in milder temps.
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    Quote Originally Posted by funbun View Post
    Hmm do you use this in conjuction with an underquilt?
    Yea, used right now with an underquilt. But as Blackbishop says in warmer temps just the sock. I think I'll likely leave mine on year round just cause. Mine barely takes up the space of a baseball, if that much.

    I will take pics tomorrow, if I can get the digital camera to work
    And I'll try to post them right away, if I can get that to work


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    Below are a couple pics of it from my gallery. These are before I tappered the foot end to save weight.



    Is that too much to ask? Girls with frikkin' lasers on their heads?
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    hammock socks & travel pods are a proven piece of gear. well worth it.
    don`t leave the CREATOR out of the creation!

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    Thanks HE, that's my sock before it became mine

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