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    Thumbs up Warbonnet Yeti Review

    Received my Warbonnet Winter Yeti UQ this week and managed to get out for an overnighter to test it out

    Weather
    28*F at midnight/5*F at 0800.
    Winds consistent 15 mph, gusting to 35.
    Wind chill -10*F to -25*F

    Our campsite was sheltered on 3 sides so we missed about 50% of the wind.

    Equipment
    1.7 oz double layer Warbonnet Blackbird (BB)
    MacCat Ultra tarp
    Warbonnet winter Yeti 2/3 UQ and 3/8" Gossamer Gear CCF under my butt and legs
    Moonstone Great Divide 5*F down mummy bag used as a TQ
    Nalgene with 25 oz of hot water in wool sock at my groin.

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    base layer of Mid weight Duofold (tops and bottoms)
    Duofold turtle neck
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    1 layer of midweight Smartwool socks

    UQ
    Down, 2/3 asym cut UQ (approx 37"Wx45"L)
    4.5" differential baffles
    Draft tubes on each end
    WBG states weight as 21 ounces. I did not verify.

    Set-up was outstanding and simple...pass each end of the hammock under each end of the UQ suspension. The UQ suspension is a continuous loop of bungie that passes thru side channels on the UQ (see pics if this doesn't make sense)
    The UQ suspension is held in place by tension against each end of the hammock. I wish I had a good pic of this but I don't...maybe later.
    Once you lie in the hammock, you can adjust the UQ by sliding it up/down the length of the hammock so it fits your position in the hammock. Very, very nice system..completely adjustable

    Ultimately, this UQ surpassed my expectations. I had access to a JRB weather shield but chose not to use it to test the range of the UQ. My tarp is long, but not as tall on the sides as I might want in the winter. It was pitched 1.5' to 2' off the ground and I had a nice "breeze" all night. I stayed very warm and toasty (except for those nature calls) until getting up at 0800.

    Only exceptions to warm and toasty...easy to understand, I had 2-3 periods of wind that found their way under the UQ. I could easily reach out and adjust the UQ from inside the hammock to close it off. Worked very well. My feet started to chill slightly towards morning...I had down booties with me but never actually put them on.

    This was a VERY successful test. With an Weather shield or overcover, I should easily get another 10*F putting this UQ below 0*F.

    Disclaimer...I'm no Neo but I do sleep fairly warm. I consistently exceed sleeping bag temp ratings by 5-10*F.

    Hope this helps
    Thanks WBG for another outstanding product!

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    Animal, thanks for the review. The Yeti sounds like it is aptly named. Sounds like you need a Speer Winter Tarp or one of Brandon's oversize tarps.

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    the baffles are 3.5" in height rather than 4.5" though.

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    Very well written report, and I can say I saw it happen. If I didn't already have some nice quilts I would be getting one of those babies. Warbonnet rocks! Mule
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    Quote Originally Posted by warbonnetguy View Post
    the baffles are 3.5" in height rather than 4.5" though.
    Maybe it was overlofting when I got home pic
    It was pretty windy!
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    Nicely done animalcontorl! One of my favorite things about the Warbonnet stuff is how simple he makes things. Plus, you just gotta love the name: Yeti.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Take-a-knee View Post
    Animal, thanks for the review. The Yeti sounds like it is aptly named. Sounds like you need a Speer Winter Tarp or one of Brandon's oversize tarps.
    been mulling that option over...I think I'll make an weather cover and give that a ride before I add another tarp...
    0*F doesn't happen very often around here. If I can make the weather cover work, I'll have "covered" most situations I need
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    animalcontrol- Is the suspension on your Yeti adjustable? Or is it just a single loop of shockcord tied at the end?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cannibal View Post
    animalcontrol- Is the suspension on your Yeti adjustable? Or is it just a single loop of shockcord tied at the end?
    It arrived as a single loop, knotted at one end. WBG guy included directions covering the possiblility of needing to adjust the length on shorter hammocks.
    I was thinking of adding a cord lock at my left shoulder. This way, I could cinch it tighter if needed (don't ask why I thought of this, think 30 mph wind and no weather cover!) Still, IMO, that combo of wind, temp and limited tarp coverage, the Yeti exceeded my expectations. I might never duplicate that situation again...
    I was going to run the idea of tighting it further by WBG to get his input.
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    Quote Originally Posted by animalcontrol View Post
    Maybe it was overlofting when I got home pic
    It was pretty windy!
    Grizz explained this "additional loft" in his description of his new diff cut UQ...
    It appears that you get higher loft measurements with a diff quilt laying flat than hanging on the hammock...and the explaination makes sense to me! link to thread
    I didn't even have to ask for that explaination...this site never fails to amaze me
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