David - I was trying to copy your tidbit about the parace to send to a
accidentally deleted it!!! Could you send it to me again? Also, we would
to use it on the website.
>From: David Spellman <david@...>
>Subject: [BackpackGearTest] Hennessy Cold Weather Fix
>Date: Wed, Nov 29, 2000, 5:45 PM
>I'll try to write this up in a more formal report...
> As I expected, the solution to using a Hennessy Hammock in cold weather
>has more to do with the sleeping bag/pad you use than it does with
>anything done to the hammock itself. With one possible design
> I managed to borrow a Stephenson Warmlite sleeping bag with the DAM
>(Down Air Mattress). The latter bit is inflated using the specific stuff
>sack that Stephenson includes with the setup, and produces a sleeping
>pad that is thicker and wider than most, with great insulation in the
>bottom and a whole lot of comfort. I'd seen these things once before
>and thought them comfortable, but I thought they were DAM (pun intended)
>expensive and hardly worth looking at. If you're sleeping in the snow,
>this may be the only pad that doesn't warrant another pad underneath in
>order to produce warmth and comfort.
> In the hammock...
> The pad is full length, about a pound and a half (which is actually
>lighter by about two pounds than the best Thermarest) and *depending on
>the girth of the bag you order* is wider than most pads. It becomes an
>integral part of Stephenson's sleeping bag, though it can be removed
>from its pocket, and a thick foam pad shaped specifically for the bag
>can be substituted (though you pay a penalty in volume and weight to do
> Since the pad is wider, you don't contact the sides of the hammock. You
>can't slip off, of course, since the pad is always with the bag, and
>there's enough insulation on the sides of this bag that you just can't
> To make the longer story short, this bag makes the hammock a toasty
>place to sleep no matter what the weather. I don't know if you can buy
>the DAM from Stephenson without a sleeping bag to go with it. But if you
>can, this may very well be the last pad you ever buy.
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