Been trying to come up with some things to use an underquilt. I am definitely a tight wad with very limited sewing ability. I have no desire to try and tackle making an underquilt. I have even less desire to pay big bucks for one. I was laying in my hammock this morning and it was cool with a breeze. I noticed when the wind wasn't blowing, I was warm, when it did, I could feel it through the hammock pretty easily. Temp was around 45. So trying to come up with a cheap, packable, good alternative to get me in to 20 or lower, I realized keeping the wind off was upmost importance. Something the standard quilts do not do. Sure you could just beat it with insulation, but how much lighter could one go in quilt weights if one could create an air chamber heated by body heat to not escape, cold air to not penetrate?
I'm new at this, but it seems to me that a US military bivy cover would fit the bill nicely. Correct me if I'm wrong but, if you were able to block the wind, and create a baffle of warm air heated by your body in this underquilt or perhaps a cacoon style bag encomposing the whole hammock, it would have to suffice for temps many use a bulky underquilt for wouldn't it? You could add a space blanket in truly cold weather. Am I being to speculative, or am I on to something here? And this may have already been covered. I don't know. If it has, a link would be great to review.
Just trying to find ways to do this cheaper yet effectively. As a good night sleep is important when hunting all day, which is what brought me to the hammock in the first place. Tell me what you think please. God bless