13939Re: Hammock sleeping bag results
- Jul 2, 2002Where 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
> 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.
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