it is good to listen to Ed
- Ed said "When first attaching the PeaPod, I like to leave some open
air space between it & the hammock, then if it's going to be cold, I fill
that extra space with down blankets, CCF pads or unused clothing like
jackets, rain pants, sweaters, pack covers, etc-the extra warmth is
Even dead leaves can be added! In fact, packing the PeaPod with dead
can take you well below zero F without carrying any additional weight!".
I had been experimenting with adding pads, and may still do some more
of that later. But I finally decided to try out Ed's suggestion from
above. I guess it makes sense that the designer would know what works.
So, I gave it some extra sag and, instead of wearing my 14 oz Bozeman
Mtn works Cocoon Parka, I put it down in the pod. Just like with the
pad, I had a little excess gap. So, I tightened it up a bit, and there
was basically no gap as I laid in it. Then I did my usual test of
reaching around on the outside, pushing the pod up towards my behind
to estimate loft. To my amazement, it felt like I had a solid 4" or
more loft under my butt and lower back! I tried it again with a
Patagonia down vest, and it felt like I had even more loft, maybe a
good 5" or more! Holy Cow, that is a lot of loft!!!!! And additional
loft generated from what I would have with me anyway. So no extra
I have not yet had a chance to test this in really cold temps. But
fellow hangers, don't you think this is likely to be SUPER warm, and
even more so with the space blanket that took me to 10* the other
night with no extra loft placed down below?
Now I realize that IF I am needing every item of clothing I have with
me in the wild to sleep warm on top, then this won't be much use. But
I think that is unlikely. I have been so warm on top with a summer
weight quilt on top inside the pod, and so far by far the greatest
challenge has been underneath. And there is a limit anyway in how much
you can put in the top with you, room wise. So I feel like there is
always going to be at
least an item or too of high loft clothing available to put down below.
If no clothing is available, then I can go the Garlington insulator
route. Using a trash bag with a space blanket and some trapped air in
it, just like I used to do with my HH SuperShelter. Or if no space
blanket, some leaves, if available, in a trash bag. Though it's
unclear to me how well wet leaves would work. It seems like the weight
would crush down the loft of the 900 Fp down.
Ed's slogan "laugh at the cold" may be very apt for the PeaPod.
- Hang from a Door hinge ?....Most doors , especially pre-hung have very
short screws that only extend into door casing. Replace each short
screw one at a time with a three inch screw ( get the best from
hardware dept). This will significantly strengthen door hinge...by
screwing into the studding that frames the door.
- I'm not hanging from a door hinge. I'm hanging from the steel frame of
one door. The other door is of the sort you're really not likely to
find in the USA. Even trailers are framed in wood, right? This door
and the frame is plastic! The hinge is cheap aluminum. Think of the
cheapest door, frame, and hinge and make it cheaper. Both frames are
set into rebar-reinforced concrete. There are not that many residential
buildings like this in the USA, but they're all over the place here in
The reason it works is because the real pull is on a wooden pole. Well,
sometimes I'm surprised this works. It was a late-night jury rig for
short term use that's now run into almost 2 months. Guess I'll have to
figure out how to take pictures and post them.
> Hang from a Door hinge ?....Most doors , especially pre-hung have very
> short screws that only extend into door casing. Replace each short
> screw one at a time with a three inch screw ( get the best from
> hardware dept). This will significantly strengthen door hinge...by
> screwing into the studding that frames the door.