All good info. Actually I've been thinking of getting a second pad anyway, just a $6 closed-cell from Wal-Mart, for the extra cushioning. Bones getting a little creaky here, I ain't a young'un.
Now we're getting back into the advantages of a hammock.... no hard surfaces.
From: Dave Womble <dpwomble@...
You can get cold from underneath with pads sleeping in shelters or
tents as well. The ProLite3 might not be enough by itself in the
cooler months even when used on the ground. That is basically
ThermaRest's lightest and less insulating self inflating mat. The
reason it is the lightest is because it doesn't have as much
insulation as say the ProLite4 does or even some of the other
thicker/heavier models. That said, a lot of AT thru hikers probably
get by with using it the whole way, but they might have some
uncomfortably cool nights because of it. I started out with their
comparable 1" model that predated the ProLite3 when I did my thru hike
but I was able to avoid most of the cold conditions... I wasn't too
proud to stay in motels and such when storms where about. Other folks
I hiked around/with weren't always so fortunate and they had some real
challenging nights at staying warm.
When you get cold sleeping outdoors, you need to try and pay attention
and see if you can localize where you are getting cold at. Sometimes
people blame their top side insulation when their issue is their
bottom side insulation. If you are cold because you don't have enough
bottom side insulation, you aren't going to be okay by just adding
more top side insulation. That holds true in shelters, tents, tarps,
hammocks, etc. What you can do in those situations is get cold on the
bottom and be too hot and sweating on top if you mismatch your
insulation too much. In other words, it wouldn't make much sense to
me to use a 0F sleeping bag with just a ProLite3 when a ProLite3 might
start being insufficient for 'you' at 30 to 40F when sleeping on the
ground. (I emphasised 'you' because individuals can vary on what keeps
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