TD, can you sew or know anyone who does? You can buy a really nice down throw for $20 at Costco and easily convert it to a summer quilt. Stack 2 together and get down lower. Hammock Forum has lots of instructions and ideas on how to convert them.I've used an oldI will eventually break down and spend the money on a well made UQ.
For the cost of the "almost purchased" gear, you can get a nice underquilt. Synthetics are in the price point, down is gonna be touch higher. They are really worth it.Thank you for the input Freestone! I was seriously going to order the insulated one this evening and see what I thought. I had assumed it would be assym so you could flip it either way depending on your preferred lay direction. I'm really glad you've seen them and could provide insight. I would have been disappointed.
I've used an old rubber/canvas type coleman air mattress in my hammock in the summer months for car camping & was quite happy with it. Then on one trip the wind howled all night and the temp dipped into the mid 30's. I was FREEZING all night. It felt like my entire backside was exposed.
For now I believe I'll stick to my Thermorest. I will eventually break down and spend the money on a well made UQ. I've awaken quite cold on more than one occasion when I've slipped off the pad.
My son's hammock has a pocket for a sleep pad and he claims the pad stays put under him and he has never gotten cold.
I agree. I use a bridge hammock and I have a "system" that works (most of the time). My son described it best when he said, "the first 2 minutes is a struggle where you're fighting to get everything just right, then it's the most comfortable nights sleep ever."Under quilt over pad, no contest. This is especially true if you're in a gathered end hammock. Pads in bridge hammocks are more manageable than in gathered ends, but still inferior to a good underquilt.
Wait until you can pee from your bridge hammock and not even have to get out of the downy goodness.I borrowed a downUQ and the diff was night and day. Getting up to answer natures call at 2am is not too bad knowingI could just slip back in and not have to fight holding the pad just right while I rolled in and then spend the next few minutes wiggling everything in place.
Exactly my point Ed, a Thermarest Luxury Map is not a cold hard surface but a soft warm one. In a hammock air is flowing underneath you hence the need for extra insulation. You also need two trees just the right distance apart or some type of metal frame.Ive, do you care about comfort or aesthetics? Aren't you wise enough to embrace the concept of not sleeping on a hard, cold surface?
I've set my hammock up as a single person tent on the ground when above treeline. So, there is a way, but you loose the benefit of sleeping on air.I cut my backpacking teeth in the Sierra Nevada with much of it being above timberline-no love for hammocks up there!