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Re: Camping with hammocks...

Postby Crazinamatese » Fri Oct 06, 2017 9:43 am

Is an under quilt necessary? I know its a good idea to have a layer of insulation on your bottom side, but would a sleeping pad, or maybe even a fleece blanket do the job just as well? I like to sleep in cold anyways...


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Re: Camping with hammocks...

Postby bowhunter15 » Fri Oct 06, 2017 10:00 am

Crazinamatese wrote:Is an under quilt necessary? I know its a good idea to have a layer of insulation on your bottom side, but would a sleeping pad, or maybe even a fleece blanket do the job just as well? I like to sleep in cold anyways...


I used a sleeping bag and air mattress in Colorado. I had to deflate half of the air from the pad and stuff it inside my bag to keep from sliding off of it. In short, you don't need an underquilt, but they will make things easier and provide greater comfort.
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Re: Camping with hammocks...

Postby Hatchet Jack » Fri Oct 06, 2017 10:22 am

they make a pad cut for hammocks thats tapered with two flaps on each side that come up around your abdomen, i just used a self inflating pad that i already had. theres a way to use hammocks also when there are no trees around and if you have two hiking poles. its on youtube somewhere.
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Re: Camping with hammocks...

Postby Octang » Sun Oct 08, 2017 3:57 pm

Crazinamatese wrote:Is an under quilt necessary? I know its a good idea to have a layer of insulation on your bottom side, but would a sleeping pad, or maybe even a fleece blanket do the job just as well? I like to sleep in cold anyways...


Some people use a sleeping pad underneath, but they don't give as good of coverage and can be hard to get situated properly, and slip out while you toss and turn. The problem with sleeping bags is they compact down when you lay on them, reducing/eliminating the insulation underneath you. This is why you typically still use a sleeping pad even with a sleeping bag for traditional camping. The pad not only provides additional comfort, but it keeps you warmer.

I use my sleeping bag as my topquilt in my hammock. I keep it open like a blanket, but if I get too chilled and zip it up and sleep in it in the traditional style to give my underquilt a little extra help keeping me warm.

If you think you could make due without an underquilt I would STRONGLY recommend testing it out at home before going out into the field.
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Re: Camping with hammocks...

Postby Ashreve93 » Thu Nov 02, 2017 7:50 pm

I love my hammock. I have an eno double nest and a Hennessy tarp. If I didn't camp with my wife, I'd never use a tent again. Get yourself a decent sleeping bag, it gets cold sometimes, but those three things are about all you need as far as sleeping is concerned. I keep 50' of rope in my pack, then tie easily untied knots. Straps and buckles would be easier, but weigh so much more. I care more about less weight than convenience of straps. Good luck in using it. Takes some getting use to sleeping without the "protection" the tent offers. If you struggle with it, get a mosquito net and lower the tarp, it gives you a comforting feeling.. helped with wife a lot. I'm happy for you and hope it works out. Going to a hammock was the best choice i made when it comes to camping.
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Re: Camping with hammocks...

Postby Ashreve93 » Thu Nov 02, 2017 7:54 pm

Crazinamatese wrote:Is an under quilt necessary? I know its a good idea to have a layer of insulation on your bottom side, but would a sleeping pad, or maybe even a fleece blanket do the job just as well? I like to sleep in cold anyways...


Octang nailed this one on the head. It's about warmth. A sleeping pad still do just fine, I personal use an awesome sleeping bag.. less items to carry.. but he's right about it flattening out a little. I heard a reflective blanket helps a lot with this, but then theres noise..
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