Discussion in 'Hammocks' started by DaStoner47, Aug 15, 2017.
Reccomendations for low cost cold weather underquilts, DIY, Ultralight, Etc
Check out these threads for some discussion on the topic:
And I'd also recommend getting more specific about what you're looking for. There's no "best" of anything for all of the people on this forum, so being more specific about what *you* personally need the quilt for will make it easier for folks reading your thread to give you helpful advice. For example, tell us:
the temperature range you're thinking of when you say "cold"
your budget range
the activity or activities you'll use the quilt for (are you backpacking long daily miles/backpack hunting, doing short backpacking trips into a base camp, bicycle touring, car camping, backyard camping?, paddle camping?)
the general climates you'll use it in (dry? wet?), or put another way: your confidence/skill for keeping your sleeping gear dry
your comfort/skill with sewing (since you mentioned the DIY route) and with gathering together the materials for sewing
Nice one Mr snurkle
Also my own definition of "Cold" is waking up dead without the right gear with you
I went to 21* with a system using a diy woobie uq, using a wool blanket, foam pad and my mss,was warm as need be. Your preferred sleep temp, existing gear, and ambient temperature will dictate how low you can go.
You can always get close and get the rest of the way with a pad or reflectix.
Warmer the quilt lower the cost.
Also, Hamoock Gear lista B quilts you can get at a discount checking their In Stock tab
Buy once, cry one... cheap is seldom "best".
Seeker, I understand buy once cry once,
What do you use for an underquilt?
Wife and I have been using hammocks for a couple years. we both started with just using our ground pads and then moved to UQ's. First ones we used were diy poncho liners. They worked and were cheap, but on the heavier side. currently I run a hammock gear phoenix 30. I have a hammock gear econ 40 for Rachel. They are both lightweight and warm. the construction is top notch on both. I think the hammock gear econ line is one of the best values going right now. You gain a few ounces of weight with the econ line over the phoenix line but the money savings is worth it to me. I know you didn't ask about top quilts but we both run hammock gear tq's as well.
I like the One Tigris . Supplement extra equipment as needed . In my case my Klymit V pad has been great with my EB Kokoram bag . But I sleep hot , something else to consider .
Cheap and hammock quilts do not fit in the same sentence. Try making your own from the Costco blankets
good luck !
Link to my costco down throw UQ build.
I once tried an old sleeping bag with a broken zipper as an underquilt and held it in place with some paracord
I use a 20 degree down underquilt, for colder weather I add a diy converted down mummy bag under quilt, 8+" of loft. Both work separately.
Either can also work as a top quilt.
You can convert a down mummy bag to a quilt in an hour or so, used down bags can be picked up fairly reasonably at thrift or second hand stores. Good luck.
I only have a cheap 50 degree underquilt. For cold weather I toss in a CCF pad. On one outing down to 30 degrees I had a 40 degree mummy bag as a top quilt and my crummy UQ. My (not so) dainty derriere got cold. So I dug up my Thermarest Z-seat and put it in my hammock. For the rest of the night I was as snug as a bug in a rug.
If by some miracle the original question is still open, might I suggest the Jarbidge underquilt by Arrowhead Equipment? It is a decent low cost option.
Just keep a Z-seat handy for the cold nights.
Wilderness Logics is having a good down underquilt sale right now. $139 bucks is a chunk of change, but a good deal for down.