19063Those Sierra Nights
- May 9, 2008I am at a crossroads. My basic setup is a Speer/Risk/Jeff double layer
hammock with a GVP thinlight pad between the layers. I use a hacked up REI
Sub Kilo bag as a quilt.
All of my trips are three day Sierra high country with night-time temps in
the 40's-50's. My usual sleep setup is a Golite c-thru top and Patagonia
lightweight bottoms, sometimes with fleece socks and a beanie. I am toasty
warm on top, some nights to the point of sweat, but with a freezing
rear/shoulders when I wiggle off the pad.
I find that a pad inside the hammock is uncomfortable after trying it with
my new single layer hammock or my bliss hammock as a test in the yard. I'd
like to move toward using the single layer hammock and use the weight
savings to offset other goodies.
Now the fun part. I have tons of silnylon, 1.1 and 1.2 ripstop laying
around. Also some Thinsulate ultra and a big bag of goose feather/down mix.
I was thinking that an underquilt might work better than the pad and be
worth the weight trade-off.
I would like to hear from anyone using underquilts at 40-50 degrees as to
what your quilt is made of, how it is attached and if possible, a pattern
that works for over and under use.
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