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    New Member rbdodger's Avatar
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    Underquilts are the boom! Thank you HF!

    I've been a hanger for about two years now. So I'm some where between a newbie and a veteran when it comes to hanging. Most of my hangs in the winter were with a pad and sleeping bag. Normally my feet would get cold, but I had solved that with down bootys. I've hung out in -6 degree temp during a Boy Scout Winter survival course. So I'm good with getting my kit right for most weather.

    I recently purchase a Down UnderQuilt from Happy_Hanger here on HF. It was the JRB the MT3, and 'ho my goodness' what a difference that makes.

    Two nights ago I hung my WBBB to test it out this new gear. I have a nice hammock hanger I use in my backyard, that was build by a friend. I live in town in a townhouse, so I have no trees in my backyard. The temp was 30 degrees at 6:00 pm and I tied on my 72 inch UQ for the first time.

    To my complete amazement, it was like laying on a heated waterbed. The quilt generated a stead heat on my back that was both soothing and extremely comfortable. The edges wrapped to the left and right of a my shoulders, extended 3 to 4 inches past my shoulders on both side. This meant no more cold shoulders. The foot box was completely surrounded by the down, with about 3 inches extending past my toes. With this UQ you can cinch up both ends to get a good fit. I could feel the heat around my cotton sock covered feet. All of this without a pad to wrestle around to find the right spot.

    Plus, I could move around. I laid straight and was warm. I curled up on my side and didn't encounter a cold spot. That was a surprise that I didn't expect. Freedom.. I almost shouted it out like Mel Gibson in Braveheart.

    I was dress in everyday work clothes for the office I work at when I started this test. I had just tossed on a jacket, snow pants and boots to shovel the WI snow out of the way so I could setup my stand and get the hammock hung. So as I laid there, I remove my jacket, boots (leaving only cotton socks) and snow pants. I was warm and cozy. Before I knew what hit me, I had fallen asleep. I woke up 20 minutes later, feeling great.

    The temp dropped a couple a degrees and I decided to really give this a test a go. So I changed into my normal winter sleeping attire (long johns, wool socks and a down cap) went back out with a 30 degree down sleeping bag as my TQ, and spent the next 3 hours being cozy and watching the clouds and stars go by.

    All I can say is WOW! I'm never going back to a pad again.

    Thank you HF for teaching me about UQ. I owe it all to you guys for being an awesome resource for making my nights in the woods a thing I want to do all the time, no matter what the season.
    RBDodger
    Aka - Roger-Dodger
    Backpacker w/QRP Gear - Schofield WI
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    Senior Member Cannibal's Avatar
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    Grizz said it best a few years ago when he said something along the lines of 'Pads will keep you from being cold in a hammock. Underquilts will keep you warm in the hammock'. I think that sums up the difference between the two quite nicely.

    Welcome to the world of downy goodness. Enjoy your nap!
    Trust nobody!

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    Freeeeeeeedom hahahaha thats hilarious.

    Awesome to hear. I am about to buy my first UQ. Been thinking of a Te-Wa breeze. I can not wait to feel that comfort.

    Now just to convert my mummy sleeping bag to a TQ, or win the lottery and buy one, and BAM! I am all set.
    "In seed time learn, in harvest teach, in winter enjoy." -D'Signore's, Tide Mill Farm, Edmunds, Maine.

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    New Member rbdodger's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Deadphans View Post
    Now just to convert my mummy sleeping bag to a TQ, or win the lottery and buy one, and BAM! I am all set.
    Man I totally understand. I have a rack full of sleeping bags of all makes and models. It is a hard thing to go out and buy a TQ with those just sitting there.

    Most of my bags are synthetic bags, due to all of the ground camping I did. But I have become a down fan, and with being off the ground I find I can keep my down dry even in the worst ran storm.

    So I'm debating the idea of removing the zipper out of one.
    RBDodger
    Aka - Roger-Dodger
    Backpacker w/QRP Gear - Schofield WI
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    Yea, I wondered what all the hype was about, when the $12 CCF pad worked great & the UQs were 'so' expensive. That was until I kept slipping off the pad one night in 40* weather. I've now got 4 of them. LOL.

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    New Member palameto's Avatar
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    I think you've just about got me convinced.. now to just come up with the money to buy one for me and my BF... and sort through all the options! Full-length..3/4...sewn-through...baffles....aaahh!

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