cheap alternative for a hammock 'under-quilt'
- I have recently ordered a bounty of materials that I will be using
to construct an 'underquilt' for my Hennessy A-sym.
Many of us are within the cult Hennessy and therefore know the
challenges this type hammock creates for cold weather usage. If you
have traveled the forums on the internet you also know that many
attempts have been made to allow the Hennessy type to be used in
winter range temperatures. Some have even stumbled upon this link:
or have learned of the Speer 'sleeping pod'.
When all is said and done it must surely be acknowledged that the
suspended quilt is the answer for Hennessy winter use and this
understanding reflects the negatives of trying to stay aloft on a
slippery Thermarest or Walmart windshield reflector. It also admits
that it is beyond angst and pain to worm one's way into a sleeping
bag that has a pad inserted into its sleeve.
So I await the arrival of 12oz. of Primaloft, 3 yards of sil-nyl, 3
yards of aluminized sil-nyl, elastic, and an array of fasteners in
which to attach the underquilt to my A-sym.
As I was mentally constructing the quilt- thinking of where to place
the elastic so I can enter the bottom slit of the Hennessy and have
the quilt pop back into place after entry, thinking of where the
attachment points would be to accomodate the induced curvature after
lying inside the hammock, and thinking of where all the dollars are
going, an 'aha' phenomenon hit me. It was after mentally tallying
what all those parts and pieces will cost and then realizing that
when said and done the quilt would cost more than the Ultralite A-sym
that there was probably an easier and cheaper alternative in my
closet-and maybe in yours too.
Here is what's lying in my closet unused:
Do you see what I see? And believe me, it is cheeper than buying all
the necessary fabrics to craft one of your own.
There are differences. This sleeping bag is close to 3 pounds but
remember you will only need part of it to suspend under your hammock-
say 1.5 pounds of it. The beauty is that it is Primaloft which will
insulate when wet and with a healthly dose of DWR it may out perform
the sil-nyl I plan on using. Because you will have to take the
scissors to it anyway it wouldn't be that big of a stretch to add a
reflective layer to it before you measure for attachment points.
Some of the 'ounce weenies' are already moaning about having to carry
two sleeping bags. Just look at it this way, you are only carrying
one sleeping bag-just cut in two!
I am going the Arc-Alpinist route on top just for variability but a
large enough sleeping bag to start with that has been 'halved' into
one for suspending under the hammock and the other as top quilt-may
be all that you need to push the temperature limits of the HH!