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    JRB got nice writeup

    Wow! Backpacking Light gave the Jacks a nice writeup on their website. It's part of a "Better Bags" article per the Outdoor Retailers Show. Great that JRB gets that kind of writeup first time there. Congrats guys!

    For anyone who doesn't subscribe . . . here's an excerpt from article.

    "Rivaling the versatility of the Exped Swift are products from Virginia-based Jacks ‘R’ Better. Wizards with Omni-Tape (hermaphroditic Velcro), JRB has been building highly versatile down quilts for the past five years that can be worn as ponchos, used as sleeping quilts, or attached to the bottom of hammocks as underquilts. Their No Sniveller was the top-ranked bag in our 2006 Unconventional Sleep Systems Review Summary and Gear Guide Overview.

    Keeping away from the bleeding edge of ultralight materials, Jacks ‘R’ Better has instead focused on competitive pricing on products that tend to run a few ounces heavier than those from specialized, semi-custom gear makers. This philosophy has enabled them to be one of the few lightweight, cottage manufacturers that has grown enough to warrant their own booth at Outdoor Retailer.

    New this year is their Winter Nest Under Quilt, a 10-15 F rated down quilt with 3-inch baffles stuffed to 3.5 inches of loft. The Winter Nest Under Quilt is designed to accommodate bottom-entry hammocks such as those made by Hennessy Hammock, but is claimed to also fit other lightweight camping hammocks. As with most JRB quilt products, it can also be used as an over-quilt or bag. Incorporating 800+ fill down and 1.1 ounce rip-stop nylon shells, it has a claimed weight of 26 ounces. MSRP: $349.95

    Also new from JRB is the Mt. Washington Under Quilt. Lacking the bottom-entry slit of the Winter Nest, the Mt. Washington instead features an aggressive differential cut with radial baffles. A differential cut is where the outer shell material is cut to a larger diameter than the inner one. It results in a more body-contoured design with less material and better drape than flat construction. It is generally more important on high-loft bags than on thinner ones. Featuring the same three-inch baffle height as the Winter Nest, the differential cut and additional down fill of the Mt. Washington allow it to achieve a claimed 0-10 F temperature rating in a 30-ounce package. According to Jack Tier, this makes it the warmest commercially available hammock under quilt. Contact JRB for pricing, availability, and options."

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    Wow! Sweet write up from the guys at BPL. Congrats Pan and Smee!
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    Congrats JRB!


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    Quote Originally Posted by HappyCamper View Post
    Wow! Backpacking Light gave the Jacks a nice writeup on their website. It's part of a "Better Bags" article per the Outdoor Retailers Show. Great that JRB gets that kind of writeup first time there. Congrats guys!

    For anyone who doesn't subscribe . . . here's an excerpt from article.

    "Rivaling the versatility of the Exped Swift are products from Virginia-based Jacks R Better. Wizards with Omni-Tape (hermaphroditic Velcro), JRB has been building highly versatile down quilts for the past five years that can be worn as ponchos, used as sleeping quilts, or attached to the bottom of hammocks as underquilts. Their No Sniveller was the top-ranked bag in our 2006 Unconventional Sleep Systems Review Summary and Gear Guide Overview.

    Keeping away from the bleeding edge of ultralight materials, Jacks R Better has instead focused on competitive pricing on products that tend to run a few ounces heavier than those from specialized, semi-custom gear makers. This philosophy has enabled them to be one of the few lightweight, cottage manufacturers that has grown enough to warrant their own booth at Outdoor Retailer.

    New this year is their Winter Nest Under Quilt, a 10-15 F rated down quilt with 3-inch baffles stuffed to 3.5 inches of loft. The Winter Nest Under Quilt is designed to accommodate bottom-entry hammocks such as those made by Hennessy Hammock, but is claimed to also fit other lightweight camping hammocks. As with most JRB quilt products, it can also be used as an over-quilt or bag. Incorporating 800+ fill down and 1.1 ounce rip-stop nylon shells, it has a claimed weight of 26 ounces. MSRP: $349.95

    Also new from JRB is the Mt. Washington Under Quilt. Lacking the bottom-entry slit of the Winter Nest, the Mt. Washington instead features an aggressive differential cut with radial baffles. A differential cut is where the outer shell material is cut to a larger diameter than the inner one. It results in a more body-contoured design with less material and better drape than flat construction. It is generally more important on high-loft bags than on thinner ones. Featuring the same three-inch baffle height as the Winter Nest, the differential cut and additional down fill of the Mt. Washington allow it to achieve a claimed 0-10 F temperature rating in a 30-ounce package. According to Jack Tier, this makes it the warmest commercially available hammock under quilt. Contact JRB for pricing, availability, and options."
    hc, et al,

    yes, it was nice to "hang with the big boys" and exhibit at the outdoor retailer show last month in salt lake city. it is all you great customers that provided the support and sales of jrb quilts, hammocks and tarps these last five years that enabled jrb participation in this event...as a community this demonstrates the growth of hammocking as viable mainstream camping style... we think it is yo'all and not just jrb that deserves congratultions.

    fwiw, there ar now four retaliers carrying jrb ... you can find them here... http://www.jacksrbetter.com/retailshops.htm.... these folk are out there for you.... stop in, tell them who you are and about hf and how you like hanging and check out the gear...

    when mike martin was researching his aeticle during the show the mt washington web page was not yet posted, hense his comment to check wih jrb on options and pricing...that page is up now... http://www.jacksrbetter.com/index_fi...Washington.htm ... this should give you a lot more info and photos.

    fwiw, limited, early trial run production has been received an is being shipped to the earliest orders....recent check with the factory indicated the 2008 production run should be here by the end of the month.

    still planning to get a demo of the mt washington to the fall mahha.

    pan
    Ounces to Grams.

    www.jacksrbetter.com ... Largest supplier of camping quilts and under quilts...Home of the Original Nest Under Quilt, and Bear Mountain Bridge Hammock. 800 595 0413

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    Congratulations, guys!
    I am thankful you are making what we hammockers really need out there!

    I tried so many alternatives for under insulation before being able to get one of your quilts (some of which were pretty ridiculous). What a relief, and frankly, a real blessing to me that you are making your products available!

    JRB products have really helped to fuel my passion for hammocking, since I'm so much more comfortable out there now!

    Thanks a bunch!
    Perkolady

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    I'm looking for the JRB symbol on wall street soon.
    Congrats on your (our) success.
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