• Mike

    Great article!

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  • Highclmbr67

    Looks interesting and I sleep in a hammock while hiking. What is the pack weight of this hammock?

  • http://www.treklightgear.com/ Trek Light Gear

    The Single Hammock weighs 16oz and the Double Hammock weighs 20oz.

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  • Alanwh

    Nice Article, How cold are you talking when you say cold weather? I’m interesting in moving to a hammock as i want to take long 3/4 day hikes and carry everything with me. The weather will be expected to get down to the low 30’s at night.

  • http://www.treklightgear.com/ Trek Light Gear

    It all depends on the methods you use to insulate and the gear you’ve got. There are plenty of hammock campers out there who have the right equipment to camp in temps well below the low 30’s and sleep comfortably – if you consider camping in sub-freezing temps comfortable in the first place of course. :)

    You just need to make sure you’ve got a sleeping bag and down underquilt designed to keep you warm in those temps and there are plenty of options out there for winter hammocking. But of course, with any form of lightweight camping gear, the cost will definitely go up as the temp rating goes down, there’s no way around that (unless you make your own gear) but it’s worth every penny when you’re out there staying warm and sleeping peacefully in a hammock!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=688503012 Chris ‘Topher’ Mueller

    I’m about to start my hammock camping career, as I’m tired of a sore back every morning. I’m concerned too about warmth… My lows should be no less than 35 F though – average right now is 40-45 for a low.

    I really don’t want to spend extra on underquilts etc right now. If you think I’ll need it… would it possibly work to use an old (but well-rated) sleeping bag and bungees for a diy underquilt?

  • http://www.treklightgear.com/ Trek Light Gear

    Definitely! With a little creativity and some bungees you can definitely rig an extra sleeping bag to function as an underquilt. Let us know how it goes!

  • http://www.facebook.com/dave.brawner David Brawner

    I use my sleeping bag like a coccon around the whole hammock thus eliminating the crush to the lower insulating layer. Since it zips all the way around, it’s easy to setup and easy to adjust while in the hammock.

    It’s an old modified mummy model, down filled, having a different loft on top and bottom so in essence I can adjust for temps by which side is up or down.

    This has worked for me but I can say a full mummy bag will probably NOT work since we hangers sleep at an angle. A light square or modified mummy is large enough to accomodate the extra width while in the hammock.

  • http://www.facebook.com/dave.brawner David Brawner

    I have found that placing your sleeping bag around the hammock, ala coccoon, solves the issue of crushing the loft. Of course this requires a square or modified mummy bag that zips all the way down, so as to have an opening at the foot.

    I’ve used this on my eno in sub freezing temps with great results. The feel of a “naked” hammock is retained and I stayed warm and cozy all night.

  • DouglasFresh

    I hear you about wrestling with the sleeping bag inside the hammock! I love using an air mattress because it helps open up the hammock some and makes it extra roomy! I’m looking at bags now that hold the air mattress inside, as it seems like this will keep the bag from clumping in the middle when you get out, making it easier to get back in. Anybody try this yet?

    This article is the first I’ve heard of underquilts. I use an air mattress and condensation builds up under the air mattress on humid nights making the bottom of the hammock quite wet. I’ve also found that in really really big rainstorms the airmattress helps keep me dry, as even a narrowly hung a-frame tarp can’t keep all mist and splash away. I wonder if in these scenarios an absorbent (not to mention if it’s down) underquilt might get soaked.

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  • ForTheRepublic

    I know this is a zombiepost, but I highly recommend warbonnet hammocks. With the dual layer bottom, you can slip an inflatable or CCF pad between the two, so it does not come into direct contact with you. I have tried ENOs and a few other ones, but love my warbonnet. The design makes all the difference :)

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