pads versus quilts
- My problem with the pad is the width. Dont get me wrong, last year
while tenting past Hogpen gap I was very cozy on a closed cell pad
(inside a Hilleberg Akto and further inside a WM Versalite)with outer
temps in the upper teens. The problem with the closed cell pads is
have to tie them onto the pack where they catch on things,
and/or they take up too much room in the pack.
Pads work well in hammocks though and you can search the hammocking
sites and see that pads have served many well into the 30's and for
some into the 20's.
I will be experimenting with a pad for the first time in the next
several weeks-this coming from someone who has made 3 underquilts and
am working on yet another (this time I will ship the working model to
Nunatak Gear and have them reproduce it in down/pertex for a hopeful
weight of 10oz.) But for fun my pad experiments will be with a full
length thermarest with a 'T' of closed cell foam that will go beyond
each shoulder, under the thermarest, and from head to almost hip.
This 'T' of closed cell foam will be my pack 'liner' giving it some
shape, and of course the thermarest will be in the pack...so nothing
but the beauty of the hammock in the first place is the comfort it
gives backpackers without the need for a pad...so my ultimate goal is
to get an underquilt that is as light as possible and this cover the
20 degree nights.
My underquilts so far have been effective-though honestly not used
below 38degrees, but they are heavy, with the modified GoLite Fur
weighing in at a hefty 1.5 pounds (and that doesnt include the taco
of reflective sil-nyl used to hold it in place, add another ten
ounces), and the original of cheapo Walmart nylon and polyfill
weighing in at 14 ounces but not nearly as warm and the third one
which is reflective sil-nyl/radiantek/and whatever I can sandwhich
between the radiantek layer and the bottom of my hammock, and that
whatever is almost always a WM Flight.
Ironically the WM Flight in XL weighs in at a hair beyond 12oz., and
that it what my down underquilt will probably end up weighing!
The beauty of the underquilt is simply that is will small up enough
to stay in the pack where it doesnt get in the way of limbs, also you
wont slip off of it in the middle of the night and so on.
Think quilt but play with all options, surely someone here will
discover the new ceramic paints on the market and slather some on a
piece of sil-nyl and sleep naked in a hammock at 20 below!