Re: Hammock Camping bag or blanket?
- Quoting Jim:
> I keep reading about a preference for using a pad/quilt underneath andHi Jim,
> an open sleeping bag as a blanket. Could someone please describe the
> benefits of this configuration? It would seem that the drafts of cold
> air would have to be a disadvantage... and with any movement through
> the night, there would almost certainly be openings for the cold air
> to pass.
I have found considerable advantage with the open quilt-like configuration in a
hammock. First, it is a bit easier to pull the quilt down over my body with the
foot box and use the bag as a blanket because I do not need to go through the
gymnastics of getting into/zipping up the bag. Second, it puts all the bag's
insulation over me where it is effective, a good reminder that the part of the
bag under you is not effective. (Insulation under you is either pads or a
tacoshell or an underquilt or a peapod (or all combined.))
Using a quilt over me, I have found the insulation effectiveness is greater than
normally quoted because the thickness of the quilt is well above what is
normally attained with a bag (like pushing an accordian bellows together.)
One of the disadvantages of using a bag like a quilt on the ground is that the
stuff on the ground (leaves, dirt, bugs) end up in my clothes. That may be one
reason that people have gravitated toward sleeping bags for camping. Another
advantage of using a quilt in a camping hammock is that the sides of the hammock
keep the quilt from spreading out. In a tent, the quilt (fueled with my body
warmth) would tend to warm a large patch of earth as it spread out.
Others, I am sure, may wish to add their understanding as well.
If you use a sleeping bag as a quilt, instead of making a special quilt, you won’t have the air leakage problem. There is so much more material in the bag, which was designed to go all the way around your body, not just over it. I zip mine up about ¼ way, tuck my feet and lower legs in. Then, the weight of your body causes the hammock to close around you and that kind of seals the bag around you. If your pad is wide enough, no air leaks. I use a wide, short Target pad, but only down to just below my knees because I curl up when I sleep and my feet and legs below the knees are in the bag. The downside is, the bag is probably heavier than just a quilt, but it does the job.
I keep reading about a preference for using a pad/quilt underneath andTo unsubscribe from this group, send an email to:
an open sleeping bag as a blanket. Could someone please describe the
benefits of this configuration? It would seem that the drafts of cold
air would have to be a disadvantage... and with any movement through
the night, there would almost certainly be openings for the cold air
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