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  • Stephen T. Gregorie
    Mar 5, 2003
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      walmart sells fleece sleeping bags for $10 could do
      the trick for you.
      --- blqysmg <david.chamness@...> wrote:
      > Thanks for the reply, Bear. I was thinking about
      > the whole idea of
      > the closed-cell pad (I'm thinking that's what this
      > Target Blue Pad
      > everyone talks about must be.) I never liked laying
      > directly on my
      > Army OD Green pad, and thought that maybe a cloth
      > sleave would make
      > some difference to the comfort level of it.
      >
      > I'll try the Target pad bare first, then look for
      > alternitives if
      > needed. I just saw a website (found it on this
      > list) with an "under
      > blanket," or liner for the bottom of the hammock.
      > That seems to make
      > the most sense, although it will be a good bit more
      > work to put
      > together.
      >
      > I'm thinking of trying one of my son's sleeping
      > bags, opened up and
      > held onto the bottom of the hammock with bungee
      > cords.
      >
      > Between the blanket idea, and closed foam pads of
      > some make, I'm sure
      > I can stay comfy.
      >
      > David
      >
      > --- In hammockcamping@yahoogroups.com, "David
      > Chinell"
      > <dchinell@m...> wrote:
      > > David:
      > >
      > > First let me compliment you on your writing
      > skills. Your
      > > post was a pleasure to read.
      > >
      > > I've used a variety of hammocks and pads, and
      > share your
      > > dislike of the intrusive feeling of the pad, even
      > when it's
      > > well-behaved. Here are the things I've experienced
      > and
      > > observed. (My apologies to the rest of the list,
      > who have
      > > heard me say these things many times already.)
      > >
      > > You may be able to eliminate the pad entirely if
      > you get a
      > > Pea Pod sleeping bag from Ed Speer, or if you
      > build one
      > > yourself. This is a bag that goes around the
      > outside of the
      > > hammock. Since the insulation below you isn't
      > compressed, it
      > > keeps working, and you stay warm. I've taken mine
      > down to
      > > the low 40s without a pad.
      > >
      > > Alternately, you might add a Garlington Insulator
      > shell and
      > > suitable insulating material to your rig.
      > >
      > > My simple hammocks (Tropical Hammock from Nomad
      > Travel, and
      > > Crazy Crib from Crazy Creek) both have two layers
      > of fabric.
      > > I slip my closed-cell foam pads between the
      > layers, and they
      > > do stay put. The closed-cell foam conforms better
      > to the
      > > hammock shape than a Therm-a-Rest.
      > >
      > > Sewing a liner onto your hammock would probably
      > work, but
      > > take care to verify the required size by
      > experiment, rather
      > > than relying strictly on calculation.
      > >
      > > When I sleep directly on top of a pad, I use a
      > special
      > > technique for turning. I push my fist against the
      > pad,
      > > support part of my upper body weight on my fist,
      > turn my
      > > torso, then lower myself back to the pad and
      > arrange my hips
      > > and feet. This keeps the pad under me. It's almost
      > an
      > > unconscious move by now, and I doubt I even have
      > to wake up
      > > to do it.
      > >
      > > Finally, I can recommend the Mountain Hardwear
      > BackCountry
      > > in any length. This is a combination pad -- part
      > > closed-cell, part open-cell. It has a fabric
      > casing. The
      > > casing is slippery on the bottom and grabby on the
      > top, so
      > > it tends to follow me as I move. This is more a
      > > consideration for closed hammocks like the
      > Hennessy.
      > >
      > > This pad also has a great shape for hammocking.
      > All the
      > > extra corners and width are already removed. I've
      > cut the
      > > corners from all my closed-cell pads so each is
      > completely
      > > round at both ends. This shape also seems to do
      > well in a
      > > hammock.
      > >
      > > Hope this helps you. There are LOTS of experienced
      > and
      > > enthusiastic hammockers on this list, and you're
      > bound to
      > > benefit from their knowledge. I sure do.
      > >
      > > Bear
      >
      >


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