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17126Re: space blankets/condensation

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  • chrispbbb
    Mar 16, 2007
      I live in Canada and have camped in my hammock down to 0F / -20C. I
      have a Hennessy Hammock with the SuperShelter.
      My sleeping bag is a rectangular side-zipper type rated for 32F. I
      wear a synthetic base layer and fleece top and pants.
      However, the biggest difference I find for warmth is how I use a
      space (reflective) blanket. I have made a top and pants out of the
      material that I wear between the base layer and the fleece layer.
      The space blanket both reflects back radiant heat loss and acts as a
      vapour barrier. The vapour barrier part is important to minimize
      body moisture loss (i.e. dehydration) in sub-zero temperatures.
      With the space blanket layer I am toasty warm all night, without I
      would freeze.
      There is condensation buildup under the space blanket, but thanks to
      the base layer it is wicked over your body and does not become
      The only downside I find is the crinkly noise made but this is
      muffled under the fleece layer and inside the sleeping bag.

      The important thing about using a space blanket is that it must be
      close to your body with a small air gap (i.e. base layer). Otherwise
      it is ineffective at reflecting back the radiant heat loss.


      --- In hammockcamping@yahoogroups.com, "chcoa" <jdeben@...> wrote:
      > I'm jumping in a little late on this one but I have used my space
      > blanket (bivy sack style) several times for extra warmth with
      > good results. I have used it between my clothed body and my CCF
      > and under the hammock when testing the HH Supershelter, and I've
      > used as it was ment, as a bivy where I was inside the blanket then
      > inside my sleeping bag.
      > Between me and the CCF results in moisture build up and although it
      > did help a little I woke up a damp backside.
      > Under me in the HH Supershelter, I didn't notice a difference.
      > Me inside the blanket inside my sleeping bag added at least 5 to 8
      > degrees of warmth. I was able to use a 45 F bag in 38 F weather.
      > My outer layer of clothes were a little damp in the morning though.
      > The bivy sack has vents at the feet so that helps a little when
      > lying inside the bag.
      > Jamie in AZ
      > --- In hammockcamping@yahoogroups.com, "Jack Rowe" <jackrowe@>
      > wrote:
      > >
      > > The space blankets do need an air space to work, any part you
      > weren't actually touching would work but not areas making
      > contact...I didn't know how crumbly they are, light enough to carry
      > 2+ but no fun making a lot of trash in the woods. If using as a
      > vapor barrier it'd be inside insulation, but it would be a crumbly
      > vapor barrier and anyway needs the air space to function best.
      > >
      > > Next time I try it the blanket will be fixed to the underside of
      > my over-tarp. IR reflectors are certainly very effective with a
      > campfire, even using dull-finished logs and rocks.
      > >
      > > Jack, NE New Mexico US 7,000 ft
      > >
      > > [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
      > >
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