I thought I might be too busy for this round but I'm now in-between
jobs with plenty of time over next few months for this gear test.
The November thru December time frame will be perfect for enjoying
some fall to winter overnight outings in the Northwest. Snow is
likely for the North Cascades any time now. Please count me in as a
potential tester of the hammock.
I'm 42 and 5'9" at at 200 lbs. My winter gear consists of a 15
degree synthetic bag and a polar fleece liner when the temps dip down
around 0 and a full length 3/4" self-inflating sleeping pad. My
winter shelters have all been of the 3 to 4 season tent variety. I
would enjoy the opportunity to compare the hammock with my tenting
experiences. Evaluation of methods for extending the temperature
rating would be primary. Secondary would be evaluation of
condensation, ease of setup, comfort, wind/rain/snow shedding
performance, as well as entry/exit convenience, gear storage. I have
a Radio Shack indoor/outdoor thermometer with min/max memory for
recording minimum overnight temperatures. I also have both a digital
camera, 35mm camera and scanner for documenting use of the hammock in
winter conditions. I have web page building experience and would be
happy to create a small sight just for posting any pictures I take.
I agree to all the conditions outlined for this test. I would want
to evaluate at least two methods for extending the cold weather
rating using pads and radiant heat reflectors. I would buy
reflectors/pads and incidentals either from a local REI or by mail