David I second what Coy
Boy says--most common sleep pads tend to slip out from beneath the user in a
hammock. . If possible avoid pads with smooth or slick
surfaces--unfortunately the nylon covered self inflatables are a real
problem. Some foam pads also have a slick surface finish and should be
avoided. Fortunately some inexpensive foam pads are available, such as the
Wal-Mart or Target varities mentioned frequently on this list. In
addition, several companies, including my Speer Hammocks, sell extra wide,
thin 'grippy' foam pads that work well alone or in combo with other pads.
Qware also sells a similar pad. Other solutions also abound on this list.
Glad you found us. Ed
started the group so he deserves most of the
credit. I can't comment on
Therm-a-Rest pads but I have found all
pads slip a little. Thin foam
pads seem to work better and the
wider pads tend to slip less. For
instance my 27 inch wide 3/8 inch
thick blue foam pad slips more than my
40 inch wide reflectix pad.
My reflectix pad is almost as wide as
the hammock body so it wraps
up on both sides pretty good. Not much
way it can slide out from
under me. I tried a 20 inch blue foam pad
and it was much harder to
stay on top of.
Now if you dont mind what
state are you from. Were a nosy bunch.
> Hi, I just found this list, and
thought I'd introduce myself. I'm
> fairly new to the whole
camping in a hammock movement. I've had
> hammocks for years, and
used them on the back porch, or when
> during the
day. I've always loved my hammocks.
> I'd never thought
of camping overnight in a hammock, though, till
> found info
about it on the web this winter. What a concept! I
> know why I never thought of sleeping the night in comfort
> would have made sense, I guess.
The problem is, as you guys already know, staying warm. I've read
> bit about the way folks are trying to keep warm in the hammocks at
> night. I tried sleeping out two weekends ago. I set up a
> my boys (ages 4 and 6), and the hammock for
> I used a big, comfy hammock that I had bought at a
boat show, of
> places. It is 1.9 oz rip-stop nylon, with
the cloth extending all
> the way to the ends, where hooks are
attached. I bought it
> it's the first hammock I'd
ever seen that didn't have strings to
> tangled up.
> I covered the hammock with a 8'x10' tarp, which I tied over a
> rope. The tarp just reached the ground on either
side of the
> hammock. I staked it down with five stakes on the
> because the weather channel predicted high winds.
Boy, they were
> The wind was fifteen to
thirty, and I bet a couple of those gusts
> were close to fifty.
It rained,too, but not a great amount. In
> areas north
of me, I hear there were extremely voilent storms. I
warm and dry until the wind pulled my stakes out. It was
> most eventful night I've ever spent out.
sleeping pad thing has me puzzled, though. I used a therm-a-
rest, and a lightweight sleeping bag. Underneath, I was almost
> warm. It felt strangely like I was sleeping on a heating
> don't think the sleeping bag I used was heavy enough for
> though. It was really a summer weight bag, only
good down to 55
> degrees. Since the temp dropped to about 40, I
had to resort to
> covering the bag with a fleese liner.
> The only problem I had was whenever I moved, the darn therm-a-rest
> would turn sideways. As long as I could stay on it, I was nice
> toasty, when it turned, my legs would get cold. It was
> asthetically displeasing to have the pad sticking up beside
> Do the foam pads stay in place better? Are thin
pads better at
> conforming to your shape, or do you slide off of
> or zipping a liner onto the pad help to
keep it in place?
> Inquiring minds want to know!
> Thanks for contributing to this body of knowledge. I'm really
> found you guys!
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