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Re: Camping with hammocks...

Posted: Fri Oct 06, 2017 7:43 am
by Crazinamatese
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...

Re: Camping with hammocks...

Posted: Fri Oct 06, 2017 8:00 am
by bowhunter15
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.

Re: Camping with hammocks...

Posted: Fri Oct 06, 2017 8:22 am
by Hatchet Jack
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.

Re: Camping with hammocks...

Posted: Sun Oct 08, 2017 1:57 pm
by Octang
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.

Re: Camping with hammocks...

Posted: Thu Nov 02, 2017 5:50 pm
by Ashreve93
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.

Re: Camping with hammocks...

Posted: Thu Nov 02, 2017 5:54 pm
by Ashreve93
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..

Re: Camping with hammocks...

Posted: Sat Jan 06, 2018 6:18 am
by ghoasthunter
Crazinamatese wrote:This is a camping question...I recently bought a camping hammock. Im a minimalist camper and thought a hammock would be great to have. Wondering if any beasts have ditched their tents for a hammock. Any Pros or Cons I should be aware of?

invest in good quality top quilt and under quilt welcome to the wonderful world of hanging.

Re: Camping with hammocks...

Posted: Sat Jan 06, 2018 8:15 am
by Dhurtubise
I have owned the original Hennessy Hammock for about 25 years now. If I’m going solo, that’s all I bring. It weighs less than two pounds. And it comes with an integrated mosquito net and a functional rain fly.

The only thing you need know is that a full length sleeping mat is essential unless you’re sleeping in 90F weather. With the mat they’re comfortable, without it I doubt anyone sleeps for more than 1/2 hour at a time. Also, you have to sleep on a diagonal from the centre line. People who don’t like them usually fail to, or aren’t able to do one of these two things.

Re: Camping with hammocks...

Posted: Sun Jan 07, 2018 4:59 am
by ghoasthunter
tgreeno wrote:How do you deal with the bugs?
I use a warbonnet black bird it has a built in bug net. I use the whole system top quilt bottom quilt and tarps. they are made in Colorado so that's a plus and they are real good guys to deal with.

Re: Camping with hammocks...

Posted: Sun Jan 07, 2018 5:01 am
by ghoasthunter
Ashreve93 wrote:
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..

ive done it all and under quilts are the best option for comfort

Re: Camping with hammocks...

Posted: Sun Jan 07, 2018 5:04 am
by ghoasthunter
go on youtube and watch shug emerys channel everything you want to learn about hammock camping is their