Originally Posted by stairguy
Good post, MAKE YOUR OWN....
Indeed. It seems I have no other choice!
I've read lots of posts like, "it shifted off to one side at 3AM," or, "I use a pad for my feet," or "I had to fiddle with it to..."
Doesn't it make sense that if you drop a couple-three hunski on a hammock, it shouldn't be a search for something so primary to the use of the product as keeping warm in temps below 70F?
Think how well the topside is covered with well integrated insect sceens and tarps.
The current crop of UQ's may be of excellent quality, but they are tacked on and not what I would call modular design. Imagine getting a nice digital SLR and ordering up a lens that might fit, and it might work in the conditions you have in mind, and it is held on with bungee cords. Please.
And the idea that you can use a standard 20" hiking pad is laughable. They are uncomfortable and don't give effective coverage.
Here's what is needed:
*Take any production hammock and add a mounting system-- zippers, snaps, Velcro-- anything that will hold the UQ in place accurately, firmly, and with a good air seal.
*There should be provisions for venting if the UQ is too warm.
*The UQ should be water resistant but breathable.
*The UQ should be compressible for easy transport.
*The UQ should take advantage of lightweight fabrics, fillers and ultralight design principles
*Both down and synthetic fillers should be offered.
*There should be a selection of UQ's that can work alone or together to cover a range of temperatures: summer, 3-season, 4-season.
For example, Velcro fastenings would be forgiving for 3rd parties to make accessories, it adjusts easily for fit, and allows stacking layers/modules.
So we have a Hennessy or a Warbonnet with some Velcro down the sides. A simple fabric cover could be offered with insulation pads to fit inside. A thinner synthetic or down UQ could made to the pattern for warmer weather and basic use. It would be simple to have modules to fit the foot area, or add insulation to one area or another. If you have a partial UQ, other modules could be made to fill in the areas it doesn't cover. And a complete UQ could be offered that will work in tandem with the partial one.
If you want something more universal, make a universal under cover that will accept a coordinated system of modules. The under cover would just be an adapter.
But no guessing if it will fit, no lowest-common-denominator fit or make-do fastening system, just a well designed, well made, COORDINATED system of insulation.