RE: [Hammock Camping] which is best, inflatable or foam sleeping mat
- I prefer closed-cell foam pads. Starting with a pad that's about 2 x 6
feet (60 x 180 cm), I cut the pad in half to create two pieces 2 x 3
feet (60 x 90 cm). I roll these and put them inside my backpack to form
the internal frame of the pack. I put them in the hammock either
side-by-side, or in a T shape. This is the best value for under-body
insulation I've found. Having two pieces makes it possible to create
insulation that's wide enough to cover my shoulders, but that can still
be packed comfortably.
I don't know about using them in an HH though, as that design makes it
somewhat more difficult to manage what's underneath you.
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- We use the Big Agnes Insulated inflatable mattresses in the bottom of
our Clark Jungle Hammocks. They work very well to keep you warm and
insulated, they roll up small, don't weigh much, and are super
comfortable if you are forced to sleep on the ground too : )
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "sjedwardson"
> what about the science side of the argument? I was always lead to
> believe that a still pocket of air would insulate much better than
> anything compressed. Considering that is all the thermarest style
> mats is would that make it a better choice or do the smaller pockets
> of air/foam make for a better insulation layer?
> --- In email@example.com, "Thomas Vickers" <redroach@>
> > No, the foam pad is too bulky to roll into the snakeskins.
> > They may seem fragile, but mine has taken a fair amount of abuse
> over 3-4
> > years and is still going strong. I roll/fold it and put it in the
> bottom of
> > my pack before I take the hammock down in the mornings.
> > I have never had any issues with the durability of the pad
> > TV