Primaloft pod tested along with partial nudity
- It was really cold last night on Trey Mt. It was 38* at 10pm when I
went to bed with a strong wind. I would imagine about 35* was the
low, as it was about 38 when i woke. I used a 1.3" primaloft peapod
looking thing for insulation and was about at its limit.
I tried to see the difference between clothes and no clothes out of
curiosity, and wore polartec 200 pants, swim trunks and no shirt. I
was suprised to find my upper body was a lot warmer than my legs. I
dont know why it works that way, but it gives me an excuse to bring
less clothes! I also found 1 midweight capiline doesnt work well in
near freezing temps by itself. Anyone else got experience with
-Dave with no trailname
- --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "David Wills"
> was suprised to find my upper body was a lot warmer than my legs. II find that if I have a gap between the insulation and hammock, it
> dont know why it works that way
happens under my legs. That may be the cause for your cold legs, too.
- For me, my feet always get coldest, no matter what I wear, and I don't
have a gap between the insulation and hammock, since I use a ccf pad.
I think it is caused by a combination of factors.
-difficulty pumping blood uphill
-farthest point from your core where heat is generated
-easy to compress your top insulation and make thin spots at rear end,
knees, or feet
-easy for knees or feet to hang off the edge of a pad beneath you
Definitely don't wear socks that might reduce circulation. I would
think that fleece pants would help, though.
A couple of times I have ended up sleeping in a ball just to try to
get my feet warmer.
Thanks for posting your results. Good to have that info on insulation
thickness and temperature.
Bill in Houston
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> --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "David Wills"
> <little_daddy979@> wrote:
> > was suprised to find my upper body was a lot warmer than my legs.
> > dont know why it works that way
> I find that if I have a gap between the insulation and hammock, it
> happens under my legs. That may be the cause for your cold legs,
- Bill in Houston wrote:
Definitely don't wear socks that might reduce circulation.
I have made several pair of fleece socks from the Green Pepper pattern and I
like them. I don't typically wear them inside of shoes, but I do like them
for hammock use. The pattern is multi-sized, so you can make them big enough
that they won't impair circulation. The sewing is a little fussier than some
other projects because you are sewing about 1/8" away from the edge of the
fabric rather than the usual nice comfortable 1/2" or 5/8" seam. I would
recommend that you trace your size onto tracing paper and leave the pattern
intact for other sizes. You can see the pattern here:
In regard to the partial nudity mentioned in the subject line, my fleece
socks are probably the last thing I would take off in a hammock. And if
nudity (partial or otherwise) is going to be a part of your hammocking
experience, I recommend a supplex hammock. The silk ones I hear about might
be even better.
> Thanks for posting your results. Good to have that info on insulationI forgot to mention that I think I sleep really warm and don't mind
> thickness and temperature.
> Bill in Houston