cold weather hammock
- Hey all,
I went camoing with my scout troop last weekend at crooked creek.
The boys were on the ground and I was in my hammock. I have a
military jungle hammock with acanvas bottom, mesh sides and a nylon
roof.(I sprayed the eniter hammock with a silicon sealer last fall.)
I also use a blue polytarp as a rain fly. I usually stay warm enough,
but a couple of times when I am packing up, the bottom of my sleeping
bag is damp or even wet. and I know that it is not dew or rain. here
is a descriptive cross-section of my set up.
*blue poly tarp rain fly
*hammock's nylon roof
*cheap blue pad with emergency blanket glued to the bottom
*blue "neat sheet" pinned to bottom and one mesh side of hammock
I need to be able to keep out the wind, buut let my breath
condesation out. Any trouble shooting ideas would be most
apperciated. Thank you
- Hey Andrew,
You are asking about why your sleeping bag is wet
right? It's because you have several non-breathable
layers around you (emergency blanket, neat sheet, and
the silicon coating on the bottom and roof), and as a
result your sleeping bag is absorbing the sweat. On
three sides (silicon roof and tarp up top, neat sheet
on one side, neat sheet, emergency blanket, and more
silicon on the bottom) you have no way for moisture to
escape, therefor it collects in the sleeping bag
insulation and drips through it down to the lowest
points. It is for this reason that most of the
hammockers do not silicon the bottom of their
hammocks. Instead, a more breathable DWR treatment on
bottoms, and the windblock on the side is usually a
non-waterproof breathable nylon. Also, you might need
to get more insulation between you and the emergency
blanket, like a thin fleece layer, or something that
will extend on either side of you and help wick the
moisture away where it can evaporate off without
cooling you directly.
That's my 2 cents anyway, hope it helps!
-Dylan Trip leader, Troop 41 :-)
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