805Re: Hammock Camping Newbie to the group
- Mar 5, 2003walmart 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
> I'm thinking of trying one of my son's sleeping
> bags, opened up and
> held onto the bottom of the hammock with bungee
> Between the blanket idea, and closed foam pads of
> some make, I'm sure
> I can stay comfy.
> --- In email@example.com, "David
> <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
> > 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
> > technique for turning. I push my fist against the
> > 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
> > unconscious move by now, and I doubt I even have
> to wake up
> > to do it.
> > Finally, I can recommend the Mountain Hardwear
> > 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
> > 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
> > round at both ends. This shape also seems to do
> well in a
> > hammock.
> > Hope this helps you. There are LOTS of experienced
> > enthusiastic hammockers on this list, and you're
> bound to
> > benefit from their knowledge. I sure do.
> > Bear
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