Re: Oh Boy, Cold Wars II, winding up!
I am trying to make the simplest and lightest hammock possible where
the insulation inside is protected from the wind. If it isn't
protected then I find the wind blows the cold air at least part-way
into the insulation (even pads) and compromises the insulation.
A hammock made out of a windproof material would block the wind.
The problem, of course, is condensation.
You find two layers of 1.1 oz DWR ripstop works without a
You find that silnylon, such as 1.9 oz ripstop that then has silicon
added, will cause a condensation problem.
Ed recommends spraying something onto the 1.9 oz ripstop of his
hammock (which I have), but my impression from the experiences he has
described is that this does not work well in strong wind.
The impression I am getting is that in order to get good protection
from the wind I have to have a windproof layer such as polyethylene
or silnylon or tyvek hanging around the hammock. Then, to prevent the
condensation problem that these materials cause I have to let air
come up through the bottom of the hammock and exit, warmed and
carrying the moisture, out the top.
I have tried this last method and it appears to work. The clamminess
that I felt should disappear as I hang the hammock in more of a U
shape and sleep on an angle, permitting more air to come in through
Does it appear that I am interpreting your experiences correctly?
And do you have any other suggestions?