Staying Warm

ENO Vesta Synthetic Top Quilt Review

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ENO Vesta Synthetic Top Quilt Eagles Nest Outfitters (ENO) has continued to build on their line of hammock insulation options with the introduction of the Vesta synthetic top quilt. I reviewed their down-filled Blaze under quilt and Ignitor top quilts last…

Down and Synthetic Bootie/Sock Comparison Chart

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On my recent camping trip with my son, he complained about having cold feet. This isn’t the first time he’s had trouble keeping his feet warm, so I thought I would look into investing in some down- or synthetic-filled sleeping…

ENO Down-filled Hammock Quilts Reviewed

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Overview & Field Usage Oh it is sad when a review comes to an end, especially when the product is good and I have to return the gear (boo! hiss!). About a month ago I received samples of the ENO…

DIY One-Season Top Quilt or Liner

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Skip to the illustration! See also: DIY Insulated Hood Pattern The search for an inexpensive, light, one-season top quilt. In preparation for my upcoming backpacking trip to Havasupai with my wife, I’ve been debating on different insulation options for our hammocks.…

Q&A – Thru Hiking The SHT in Winter (with a hammock)

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The Superior Hiking Trail, or SHT, is a foot trail—listed as more than 290 miles long—located in Northeastern Minnesota that skirts the northern shore of Lake Superior. The SHT’s popularity is due in part to its numerous access points (one…

Lightweight Winter Hammock Camping

To say that Alan Dixon surprised me when he told me he had converted to hammock camping would be putting it mildly. As the famed Editor at Large at Backpacking Light, Alan had already made a name for himself as…

DIY Poncho Liner Under Quilt (PLUQ) (Sew and No-Sew)

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Here’s another one of my early illustrations, updated and improved, showing how to convert a US Army poncho liner into an under quilt. In my early hammock camping days, I couldn’t afford a down-filled under quilt and I most often…

Hoo-Rag Multi-function Head Gear Review

I’ve been using the Hoo-Rag for a few weeks now, but I’ve been using a similar product for years (the Buff) , and I love them. The Hoo-Rag multi-function head gear is useful beyond the easy-on neck warmer: you can…

Hammock Camping Basics

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Way back in March of 2009, I drew up an illustration to help people understand the basics of hanging a hammock for camping. It turns out, that simple illustration would kickstart a slew of hammock camping-related illustrations, primarily for the folks…

The Truth About Hammock Camping: Claim #2 – Hammocks Are Comfortable

It wouldn’t be honest not to admit that I occasionally have a bad hang in a hammock. Some comfort issues are common enough to become regular complaints among avid hangers. So, without further delay, let’s jump into the next claim.…