Owned this for a couple years now (double layer version). I love the lay, it's easy to setup and the saddlebags hold a decent amount of extra gear (keep them somewhat even, this thing is a little tippy relative to gathered end hammocks). I've never used a pad with this and my standard 3/4 and full length quilts from Hammock Gear work well with some mini S-biner additions. I wanted to the double-layer as it helps with mosquito bite prevention (they can typically get through a single layer of taut material). It's a shade heavy for long distance hikes but car camping and short "hike to camp" adventures.