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Twig
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PostSubject: Hello Hangers, Hampshire calling   Wed 03 Oct 2018, 12:22

Hi Hangers,

I have bike camped/packed for some years and this year started raising myself up off the ground. I also travel by motorcycle and enjoy using a hammock to make a minimalist and quick, make and break camp.

My introduction to hammocks came after I bought a Thermarest Slacker in a Cotswold Outdoor sale last year. I initially used a sleeping bag but soon found CBS to be an issue! So latched onto the Outdoor Vitals Aerie 20 which I use in pod mode. I later bought a DD SuperLight hammock for my wife plus the SuperLight tarp and she also uses an Aerie 20 for all around insulation.

I am now considering a Dutchware Chameleon double layer 1.0 to use my Thermarest Prolite Plus pad between the layers. I really like the Chameleon for it's integrated bug net, cover, options and versatility over the Warbonnet Blackbird XLC which I was considering. I am an avid follower of Shug, Spiguyver, Syntax77 and the Schill Brothers (hey, they all start with 'S'!) on YouTube so I am well informed on the differences between the two.

The reason for wanting to now use our pads is for the few occasions when we will have to go to ground, any thoughts on that choice would be appreciated. I don't want to wrangle with the pad in a single layer.

I prefer knots to hardware but very much like the new Dutchware Beetle Buckles.

Anyway, long intro and well done if you are still here!

Cheers,
Twig


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PostSubject: Re: Hello Hangers, Hampshire calling   Wed 03 Oct 2018, 21:42

Welcome to the forum Twig.
Keep us posted on your hammock adventures.
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PostSubject: Re: Hello Hangers, Hampshire calling   Wed 03 Oct 2018, 22:06

Welcome Twig and congratulations on your enlightenment in getting off of the ground!

I tried using a pad in a hammock when I first started hanging and just could not get comfortable (back in the days when I couldn't afford an UQ. I found that the pad didn't allow the hammock to take it's 'natural' form and make it really uncomfortable. Then I tried using a wool blanket - Much Better!! It provided a great level of insulation, allowed the hammock to 'form' as it should and didn't slip around (which I expected it would).

Give it a try, IMO better than a pad in a hammock (but not as good as a down UQ of course )

Let us know how you get on.

Cheers
Steve
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PostSubject: Re: Hello Hangers, Hampshire calling   Sun 07 Oct 2018, 17:21

Hello and welcome, Twig.
If you think you have to go to ground and need to take a mat then a double layer would be better.
Id go with a ccf mat with wings taped on to accomodate shoulder width. I found my ccf mats better at conforming to my shape compared to inflatable mats and can be easily shaped with scissors ( rounded head and foot ends).
In terms of actually being on the ground id put the mat under the hammock, if using it like a tent inner, and not inside.
Best of luck with whichever way suits you best.
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PostSubject: Re: Hello Hangers, Hampshire calling   Tue 09 Oct 2018, 06:56

When I used a Thermarest inflatable, I only partially inflated it, to allow it to conform better. And I gaffer-taped on some CCF wings onto the torso area to get a boo more width.
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PostSubject: Re: Hello Hangers, Hampshire calling   Tue 09 Oct 2018, 16:44

How do you find the cocoon @Twig, ive not seen one in the flesh.
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PostSubject: Re: Hello Hangers, Hampshire calling   Wed 10 Oct 2018, 15:51

Welcome Twig
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PostSubject: Re: Hello Hangers, Hampshire calling   Fri 12 Oct 2018, 16:06

Thank you u for you comments folks, it is not an easy choice!

Hi @Meadows, the pod is great, very warm and cosy when zipped up all the way. I haven’t had any condensation issues but then I haven’t hung in seasonal extremes, mainly summer use and only in the uk. I tried to post a picture but got a json syntax error :-(



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PostSubject: Re: Hello Hangers, Hampshire calling   Sat 13 Oct 2018, 09:30

Sorry to hear photo uploading id's giving you grief Twig.
Have a look at the guide, here,
http://hammock-uk.forumotion.com/t45-uploading-photos
If that doesn't help, get back to us.
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