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13939Re: Hammock sleeping bag results

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  • dangerjudy
    Jul 2, 2002
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      Where does one get this bag?


      --- In BackpackGearTest@y..., "David Chinell" <dchinell@m...> wrote:
      > Here is a summary of my weekend tests of Ed Speer's
      > "Surround Sound" sleeping bag for hammocking.
      > Executive Summary: I think Ed Speer has found the best
      > solution to keeping warm in a simple hammock. It was
      > difficult for me to perform actual temperature tests -- it's
      > June and I'm in Florida. But the fit and function were
      > perfect. The bag performed so well that today I ordered one
      > of my own.
      > Ed loaned me his personal bag so I could evaluate the
      > product before deciding whether or not to buy one. His was
      > sky blue inside and out, but mine will be sky blue inside
      > and olive drab outside.
      > The bag weighed exactly 2 lb 0.5 oz in the stuff sack. It
      > stuffed easily to a tube 8 inches by 12 inches, and could be
      > stuffed smaller.
      > Fully opened, bag is a rectangle measuring 5 feet 4 inches
      > by 8 feet 8 inches. It has drawstrings at both ends, tacked
      > to the casing in the middle with cord locks at each end of
      > the string (four in all). The bag has a full-length strip
      > of 7/8 inch velcro to close it.
      > The material is 1.1 ounce (30D) ripstop nylon with a DWR
      > coating. There's a single seam midway along the length.
      > The insulation is Lite Loft in 0.8 inch thickness, and is
      > not quilted, but simply attached at the bag edge seams.
      > I tried the bag out on two hammocks: the Tropical Hammock
      > available from Brigade Quartermaster's and the Crazy Crib
      > from Crazy Creek.
      > It was easy to attach the Surround Sound bag to either of
      > the hammocks after they were pitched. The drawstrings can be
      > tied together to form a complete loop around the end of the
      > hammock. The velcro makes it simple to close the bag quickly
      > around the hammock while you're tying off the drawstrings.
      > At first, it was just too darned hot to sleep with the bag
      > done up all the way, but it was simple to open it as much as
      > I wanted and just let it hang down below the hammock.
      > Around three or four in the morning it got nice and cool
      > out, so much so that it woke me. I experimented with
      > applying and removing the bag several times: cold butt, warm
      > butt, cold butt, warm butt. It worked like a charm.
      > The construction and fit of the bag were great. No sloppy
      > seams or loose bits of thread or material.
      > While I couldn't really test the bag through the temperature
      > range in which I intend to use it, the materials,
      > workmanship, and performance were good enough to convince me
      > to go ahead and buy one of my own. I feel pretty confident
      > that this bag will take me down as far as 40 degrees with NO
      > PAD. In Florida, that's all it will have to do.
      > I can't tell you what a great feeling it is to be able to
      > ditch the sleeping pad. Before discovering Ed's Surround
      > Sound bag, a quilt and a closed cell foam pad was the best
      > solution I could find to staying warm. But I've never liked
      > using a pad, as I feel it distorts the comfort performance
      > of the hammock.
      > The Speer bag lets me get that raw hammock feeling again,
      > PLUS it will keep me warm all the way round, shoulders,
      > hips, knees, and so on. It's even better than a super-wide
      > pad and it packs just as small as any sleeping bag I've ever
      > owned.
      > I like this product so much, I'm going to take mine through
      > a bunch of trips and write an owner's report for the
      > BackpackGearTest list.
      > Bear
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