What type of underquilt are you looking for (down, snythetic, full, 3/4)? How much do you want to spend?
If I were you, I'd try the pad first. I'm an extremely cold sleeper, and I was never cold with a Therm-a-Rest in my hammock. The main challenge is to keep the shoulders warm. Actually, pads are easier to use and keep you as warm, if not warmer (for the weight) than underquilts. I don't want to discourage you from buying an underquilt, but an underquilt will be a lot more expensive, unless you make your own. And there definitely is a learning curve with underquilts. I have been using one for quite a while now, but I still have to fiddle with it occasionally since even a small air gap will drastically reduce the warmth. This doesn't happen with a pad.
UK Hammocks. I see they have a special offer for the full-length underquilt at the moment. I doubt you'll find a full-length down underquilt cheaper when ordering from Germany.
DD Hammocks offers an underblanket, which is cheaper, but basically just a (heavy) blanket.
Apart from that, I don't know of any other underquilt sources in Europe. If somebody knows of another address, I'm all ears, too.
Sorry, went off the map for a while there... But on your UQ-question, I really have no good answer. Been pondering the same myself, and tried various DIY projects by using sleepingbags. None very good, but they kept me warm.
I'm actually a bigger user of pads myself, going to try the SPE (Segmented Pad Extender) next and see what happens. Do a search for it, this just might be it, seems like it would work for me at least.
Lots of people prefer UQ's for the comfort, but I'm kinda swinging the other way on this subject, I think pads are great for the flatness of lay and keeping fabric and netting away from my body. It is however REALLY hard to avoid some coldspots if/when you roll off the mat in your sleep. That's where the SPE comes in, I'm going to try to make one propably this week and see how that turns out.
But that UQ on UKHammocks looks so good, I completely understand and respect the pricetag due to the work involved but can't afford to buy anymore expensive things for my gear stash - lil' wifey would kill me in my sleep..
Best of luck in your endeavours, and let us know how it went, ok?
Cheers / SwedeMix
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- I wouldn't go for a travel hammock with strings. I had one, and the strings constantly entangled. It was annoying and very time consuming. I never got them back to the original state.
- I read reviews of the model with the integrated mosquito netting, and most reviewers seemed to agree that the quality was not great and prone to ripping etc. (which is not surprising with that price tag). Plus they have strings.
- The non-string hammocks look like the typical parachute hammocks as sold by e.g. Ticket to the Moon. I'd compare the measurements of all available parachute hammocks and go for the the longest. My experience with this type of hammock was that it felt too short.
And of course, none of the hammocks has a double layer. Seeing that the OP will probably use a pad, I would go with a double layered hammock from UK Hammocks (although I never tried one). Or DIY.
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