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Took my new hammock up into the mountains and tied it between two trees with my tie down straps.  Wasn't long at all before I had to put on heavy clothes.  Just sucked the heat right out of me.  What do y'all put between your back and the hammock?
(08-18-2016, 09:45 PM)bigsallysmom Wrote: [ -> ]Took my new hammock up into the mountains and tied it between two trees with my tie down straps.  Wasn't long at all before I had to put on heavy clothes.  Just sucked the heat right out of me.  What do y'all put between your back and the hammock?

Google "underquilt".  In 2008 I hiked the Appalachian Trail using a hammock tent with underquilt during the first few cold months.  Toasty...

Jerry from Brooklyn
a foam pad just like you would use on a cot. same thing. highdesertranger
(08-18-2016, 09:57 PM)Jerry1088 Wrote: [ -> ]. . . using a hammock tent with underquilt . . .

Does the underquilt go between you and the hammock or underneath the hammock?
Underquilts go beneath the hammock. You need them underneath to keep the air space necessary for insulation. Anything on top of the hammock will get compressed and be less effective as insulation. You could have something on top of the hammock for comfort if needed in addition to the underquilt. If it's really cold a hammock tent in addition to the underquilt (& sleeping bag/blankets) would help.

You can rig an underquilt by taking strong clips and attaching a blanket, comforter or sleeping bag to the underside of your hammock. You want it to fit pretty snugly beneath the hammock.
(08-18-2016, 09:45 PM)bigsallysmom Wrote: [ -> ]Took my new hammock up into the mountains and tied it between two trees with my tie down straps.  Wasn't long at all before I had to put on heavy clothes.  Just sucked the heat right out of me.  What do y'all put between your back and the hammock?

Actually, the best thing to do is put something between the hammock and the cold air.

Some people use an insulated, partially inflated air pad which works best if you've got a double layer hammock.

I use an underquilt that is hung underneath the hammock and tightened so it doesn't have an air gap between the hammock and the underquilt.

If you're interested in getting more and better use out of your hammock head on over to hammockforums.net
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An underquilt. Thanks. Had no idea they existed.
You can watch a video of one of our members using her hammock and under-quilt in a Toyota Previa minivan. See  it here


 it here
The foam pad goes between you and the hammock's nylon material. My hammock has a double layer that forms a pocket that keeps the foam pad from sliding around. The underqult is supended under the hammock on the outside. I didn't go extreme on either regarding weight and thickness. I've used one or the other or both at the same time depending on the temperatures.

Search for Shug on YouTube regarding hammock camping in the cold. You will be entertained.
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