In theory, a hammock under-quilt allows for better insulation because it hangs a few centimeters below your hammock, not compressed by your bodyweight. The under-quilt also covers both sides of the hammock, providing extra insulation and protection from cold wind.
As if by fate, my friend Sebastian called one day and asked if I wanted to join him on a 2 day hiking trip, and I needed to test the OneTigris 3-season Hammock Under-quilt. On the first day of the trip, we hiked until the afternoon in great weather. We wanted to find a good campsite soon because it is much more comfortable to set up a hammock in daytime or it’s easy to miss the perfect pair of trees.
Eventually we found a matching spot on a light slope to set up both our hammocks and also to provide cover to hide from officials. Sadly speaking, wild camping is not allowed in Germany and the penalties are costly. The new camo tarp and my coyote brown hammock really helped me to stay hidden. Between the thick vegetation and especially under low light conditions the setup can hardly be noticed from 50 meters away. The setup of the tarp and new hammock under-quilt went smoothly. I was careful to make sure there wasn’t too much tension on the under-quilt.
When it was time to sleep, I got in my hammock and the first thing I noticed after about one minute was that my back was warmer than usual. During the next 30 minutes, it got even more comfy in the hammock and I wasn’t cold at all. I slept really well and Sebastian woke up before I did to film me while I slept like a baby. So you can say I am a big fan of hammock under-quilts now!
Until next time,
Carlos and Leo
Tip from Carlos:
One thing people ask me all the time about hammock camping where to put their backpack and their shoes. My suggestion is to tie your backpack to the next tree and use a rain jacket to protect it from rain. I always put some sticks in the ground right next to my hammock and hang my shoes there. This keeps the shoes dry and within easy reach.
Credit: Carlos, Germany