Patrick Harper wrote:
> Rick, I was just wondering if you have had a problem with condensation
> with the overlap pad?
No Patrick, I have never had much of a problem with condensation except
on top of my sleeping bag/quilt when I do not use a tarp. I have heard
that others have this problem. I try to regulate my temperature pretty
closely, getting out of part of my bag if I start getting hot.
> I bought some velcro tape and two blue pads. I made an overlap pad
> out of one of them (securing them with velcro) and then I velcroed
> that to the full length pad (3 layers from shoulder to hips, one laver
> everywhere else.) I just went on a geology class trip (still in
> school) to Arkansas this last weekend and used that pad for the first
> time. I also used a 0 degree slumberjack synthetic bag. I don't
> think that I really needed all of that, it didn't end up getting that
> cold. Both nights I had quite a bit of condensation between the pad
> and the bag. Is this a problem that you have noticed? (I don't THINK
> that I missed a middle of the night pee break, pretty sure it is
> condensation!!!) :) This was used in a HH, hence the velcro (Trying
> not to have it shift on me).
> Anyway, the pad worked great! I slept in some sweat pant type pants
> (pretty light weight) and a tee shirt and ended up having to unzip my
> bag b/c I got too warm. I think that the temp maybe got down to 40s.
> The good thing is that on the last night of the trip it opened up and
> poured! My first hammock experience through a rain storm, kept me up
> checking to be sure I was staying dry ( I didn't have the fly battened
> down too tightly b/c of condensation). Quite a bit of wind, as well.
> We were up on the top of one of the Ouachita mtns. Stayed nice and
> dry, unlike most of the other people. The ground got supersaturated
> and we ended up with ~1inch puddles everywhere on the ground.
> Needless to say I think that everybody on the trip is going to look
> into hammocks now!
> Thanks for the idea, as well as the continual experimentation!
Great story Patrick! I am glad you stayed dry. It is fun watching a
lot of water accumulating on the ground. I have spent many nights
trying to keep my sleeping bag dry in a tent in those conditions. It is
much easier for me in the hammock.
Keep experimenting and learning.