3390Re: Hammock Camping Ideas4KeepingWarm
- Nov 3, 2003Less than a pennie's worth from me:
> > 1. Shane's pad, made of Neat Sheet and thin space blanky and pad.I
> > cannot find the Neat Sheet locally, have trip this weekend,I split the Neat Sheet into two layers. It makes a nice 'almost
> > beginning Thursday, no time to order online.
vapor barrier' sleeping bag liner and will add some warmth. Of
course, any sleeping bag liner will do the same, so don't sweat it if
you can't find the Neat Sheet. It's sold as a picnic item, so you
may not find them this time of year.
> > 3. That roll of Reflectix I saw at Lowe's Saturday is calling me.seems a bit
> I have tried the Reflectix as a pad and as a supplemental pad. It
> colder and heavier to me than the Target Pad. In general, I havenot had much
> success with any of the reflective pads, despite some theoreticalimprovements I
> believed I understood.I've made pot cozies out of both Reflectix and leftover Target blue
foam. I have found that the Blue foam was far supperior to the
Reflectix at keeping heat inside the cozy. This supports your
experience. I would suggest that you could try glueing an emergency
blanket to the bottom of a Target blue foam pad if you think it would
work. I'm beginning to think, though, that the reflective layer may
not be as effective in this application as theory would suggest.
> > 5. Or, for an underquilt, Wal-mart sells down throws for $13. How(should) work
> > about if I take my nice space blanky, hang it under the hammock,
> > with the down throw in it?
> If your space blanket is one of the reinforced ones, this may
> well. The down comforter will be bulky for backpacking, but itwould keep you
> warm.I use one of the Target down throws on my bed at home. It is a quilt
through construction which is going to have some cold spots and the
fabric it's made from will not compress as much as 1.1 oz nylon BUT
it is surprisingly warm considering the materials used. In the
backyard with the space blanket underneath it, it would probably be a
very effective Garlington Insulator. If you could stand the crinkly
noise all night, you could probably use one of the cheap mylar
reflective space blankets instead of the nicer one you own. For $5
you could cut it down or tie stuff to it and not worry about ruining
it since it's mostly disposable.
While the temperatures you're going to see are not very cold for many
of us, for those more accustomed to the winters in the south, 30's
are pretty cold. I've done 35 F in a Hennessey with an underquilt
made of thin nylon and .75" of quilt batting, a foam type windshield
reflector, a neat sheet bag liner and a 35F Primaloft sleeping bag.
I sleep very cold and I wasn't toasty warm that night, but I was
comfortable to get some good quality sleep.
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