One of my first few nights sleeping a hammock, temps dipped well below freezing and I realized very quickly that my Snugpak UQ/TQ combo was not going to cut it. At about 2:30 am, while thanking @Lode silently in my head for the pocket bellows that got the campfire going again, I took stock of the situation, shook the frozen cobwebs from my brain, and decided I'd need to give @george carr a call pretty soon. Why did I decide to order custom cuilts from George? Well, I learned fast that he was a guy whose words I could trust. When I first asked him and some other guys what quilts would best suit my needs, George never even mentioned his own products. He talked about construction, insulation, temperature ranges, etc. I had to put two and two together on my own and later realized he owned Loco Libre. I always prefer to support small, independent vendors who bring high quality and innovative products to market. When their wares are among the best money can buy and they are less than an hour from home... It's a no-brainer. My Snugpak quilts did a great job of getting me through the spring and summer. I brought them on my most recent fall paddling trip in the Adirondacks knowing all the while that they are definitely not intended for much below 50 degrees. Ironically, one of the few times I had service in the NY wilderness I received a text from George that said "Hey Jim! Your quilts are done." That night, with half a roll of Reflectix supplementing my under quilt, I dreamt of the fluffy Loco Libre Gear goodness that would keep me warm this winter. My first day home from the Adirondacks I shot over to see George. I was thrilled to be picking up the quilts I had custom ordered a couple months earlier, but even more excited that George had offered to give me a shop tour! I relate the experience to that of a kid in a candy store. This is partly because I'm enthusiastic about outdoor equipment. Seeing all of the neat tricks and features that are part of the Loco Libre quilts more than satisfied that enthusiasm. What made the experience even more fun and interesting was witnessing the high level of workmanship that goes into Loco Libre Gear. After about 5 years of working as a quality manager, I have seen all types and sizes of vendors from small machine shops to multi-million dollar, automated facilities. Quality is something that can’t be faked and when it comes to quality, Loco Libre isn’t messing around. Complex digital sewing machines were run by skilled hands to painstakingly stich fabrics into the creations George has worked so hard to develop. George explained how only the best materials and processes are used to ensure that the end result is a product their customers will be happy with. Soon it was time to see my quilts. A zero-degree Carolina Reaper under quilt and a 10* Ghost Pepper top quilt were what I’d chosen. Boy was I pleased. They are lighter than air, stitched to perfection, and have just the right number of bells and whistles to make them fit the way they are supposed to. True works of insulating art. I can’t wait to spend my first sub-freezing night wrapped in Loco Libre down.