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    2 pads better than 1?

    My husband has a pad w/ R value of 4.4 and just bought another one with the R value of 2.0 in hopes of layering to keep warmer. Will this give him an R value of 6.4? What temps could he get down to with both of these?
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    R-value is indeed additive. More info here: https://sectionhiker.com/sleeping-pad-r-values/

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    Indeed. Not sure of the temps you can prescribe for those two R values, but pads work in an additive manner. I use the Klymit Insulated Static V year-round in my bridge hammock and add an underquilt when temps really drop. But when I'm on the ground, I add a second pad in winter temps, usually my Z-Lite, which works great as a larger sit pad when I'm not sleeping.

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    Yes...just add the two r-values of the pads and that is where you are.
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    As every one else said: yes, just add the R values. But the trick will be to keep them one on top of the other. I don't have a ton of pad experience. However, once, using something that used to be known as a Speer SPE- or segmented pad extender- I stacked 1 full length and 1 torso sized pad, these were 2.6 R each. It kept me toasty a bit below 20F. Th SPE kept the pads from moving. But, I know you are very cold natured, so I don't know if those pads would have kept you as warm.

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    I have tried to sleep on a pad but I always wake up cold with the pad over to one side. I have not been able to figure out how to keep it angled the way I hang and to keep it under me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vol84eng View Post
    I have tried to sleep on a pad but I always wake up cold with the pad over to one side. I have not been able to figure out how to keep it angled the way I hang and to keep it under me.
    I fixed my pad issues in a hammock by switching to an underquilt.

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    I made some cool weather underquilts for my kiddos but to get to lower temps, I had success in placing a pad between the underquilt and the hammock. It did reasonably well to keep the pad in place and provided the extra warmth they needed.
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    If you are going to use pads then using them with a DL hammock is the way to go as placing the pad(s) in-between the two hammock layers will help to keep them from shifting. You can also run some silicone side to side on the pads to help reduce slipping. Personally I recommend using UQ's.
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