13314Re: What,s the best underquilt for a Hennessy Hammock?
- Apr 3, 2006"Best" is different for everyone. There are two commercial ones -
JRB and KAQ (both post here) - and both have advantages.
JRBs are down, more compressible and lighter than the KAQ. They can
also be worn as camp insulation so you may not need a jacket for
unexpected cold evenings...could save you another 10-20 oz. But
they're expensive. They used to come only in bright green, but now
you can get some of them in black or orange.
KAQs are synthetic and quite a bit cheaper than JRB's, but heavier
and you can't wear them like a poncho/serape. But they're also
bathtub shaped instead of the rectangle JRBs, and I think that makes
it easier to get a good warm fit. Patrick has several color options
to choose from, too.
I sleep cold, and I can be comfortable to high 30s in my JRB Nest
with a 2 oz overstuff. Based on my 36F night this past Saturday, I
think I could be comfortable to about 30F in my standard KAQ Potomac.
For DIY - Patrick has instructions on his page, and at one time he
was talking about selling kits...dunno if he's added those yet.
Otherwise, there's a pattern for a down underquilt at www.thru-
hiker.com and a synthetic one at
http://www.tothewoods.net/HomemadeGearKidsHammock.html (just change
Hope this helps!
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