Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Elizabethton, Tennessee
Hammock: WL Night Owl
Tarp: WL Tad Pole
Insulation: WL SS UQ/TQ
My take on Summer Series Quilts
This is my first attempt at making a video like this so go easy on me.
As promised here are my first impressions of the Wilderness Logics Summer Series Quilts. As I stated in an earlier post, when I first received the quilts in the mail I looked them over to see the quality of the stitching and such. I could not find a single imperfection in anything. Everything about the quilts screamed perfection.
It was a few days until I got the chance to head out for an overnight trip with my oldest son to try the quilts out. The temps were expected to be in the upper 40s for the high and lower 30s for the low. We hiked in to our spot and found that the site we had planned on camping in had been trashed pretty badly by previous campers. It looked like they had left most everything behind including their tent, food and clothes.
We spent the first hour or so cleaning up the camp spot. After getting things cleaned up some, we set about hanging our hammocks and getting everything set up. This was also my official hammock hang so setting things up was interesting. I have had a hammock out when doing several nights at the lake and such but would sleep in my tent and not the hammock.
After a day of fishing and goofing off with my son, we decided to hit the hammocks around 8:30 PM. I was dressed in my synthetic long john base layers, Columbia Zip-Off Pants, a short sleeve synthetic shirt, fleece ľ zip shirt and Mountain Hardware 800 FP down jacket. On my feet I had a pair of Darn Tough merino wool socks and a pair of Smart Wool socks over top of those.
I had meant to bring a fleece sleeping bag liner that I normally carry in the summer months when tent camping along with an inflatable seat pad for under my feet but forgot those. I slept amazingly for the majority of the night until about 5:00 am. Around then I woke up with my toes about to freeze off. I got up out of the hammock to use the bathroom and when I got back in I got my rain jacket and wrapped it around my feet hopping that would work. Alas it didnít! It hit an overnight low of 30 degrees, which is 15 degrees lower than what Wilderness Logics rates their Summer Series Quilts at so I am pretty satisfied. I think with the fleece bag and inflatable seat I would be able to go a bit lower if needed.
Again I am very satisfied with the outcome. My goal was to get my pack weight down to around 12 lbs. base weight for both summer and winter carry which I accomplished. It might not be a true 4 season load out for my area but I would definitely call it a 3 and half season load out.
that was mighty fine!
the Summer Series quilts are more "powerful" than they look.
and the more you use them, the more you love'em.
my fix for the cold feet is probably the same as yours...
i've started keeping a piece of reflectix, lining the inside of my pack, like a pack stiffener.
i rarely use it but it's always there, all 4 seasons.
thanks for the awesome report,
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Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Athens, TN
Hammock: ENO DN--DIY 1.1 dbl
Tarp: WL Big Daddy
Insulation: AHE UQ/DIY TQ
Suspension: AHE Webs/whoopies
Glad to hear such a good review on the Summer Series Quilts. Nice that they could get you that low and still be light and ready for warmer weather.
Sorry to see such a trashing out there. Cannot imagine what that crew was thinking as they were packing up. Were they expecting a maid to come by?
"My goal is to live long enough to become a character."
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: New Jersey
Hammock: WBBB 1.1, DIY tablecloth, WWM
Tarp: WL Big Daddy
Insulation: diy, tewa, speer
Great to hear you like!
It always saddens me to see trash at a beautiful campsite...howwww....?
"In seed time learn, in harvest teach, in winter enjoy." -D'Signore's, Tide Mill Farm, Edmunds, Maine.
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: South East PA
Hammock: Warbonnet Traveler
Insulation: New River, Woobie
Enjoyed the review, but I'm left with a pang of sorrow and a burning question. Is that the lower trail to laurel falls I spy behind you? I hiked those paths more than a few times in the 3 years I lived in E-Town, I miss them dearly.
Good hiking and God bless,
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Keswick, ON
Hammock: Hammock Bliss Sky Bed
Tarp: HB Sky Tent 2
Insulation: Enlightened Equip
Suspension: BOM Micro Rope
Great review, looks like you found a good product.
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Dalton, PA
Hammock: Weight Weenie Micro 56"
Tarp: HG CF
Insulation: HG UQ&TQ
Suspension: DG WS + Dutch Hook
Thanks for the video...nice job!
Join Date: Feb 2011
Tarp: HG camo cuben
How tall are you? Or any other taller folk using this set? Just wondering if its enough coverage for someone 6'1+. I see they are cut a little short to save on weight, mostly worried about the TQ. Hard to beat the price on the set though.
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Springtown, Tx.
Hammock: WL Lite Owl / DIY
Insulation: How cold is it?
Suspension: Always Changing :)
I'm 6' and the UQ works well for me. I don't have the TQ though, so I can't help much with your specific question.
If you ain't havin' fun, you're doin' it wrong
Join Date: Jan 2013
Hammock: HH Exp Deluxe 2QZQ mod #4, WB XLC
Tarp: HH Hex, WBSF
Insulation: JRB & HG quilts
Suspension: Whoopie + DC
Nice report... and well done on cleaning up someone else's mess!