Choosing a Double- or Single-layer Hammock

Philip Werner’s recent post on choosing between a single- or double-layer hammock delivers some strong points about double-layer hammocks: The two layers form a pocket that can be used to hold a foam or an inflatable sleeping pad. The pocket helps hold the insulation in place and gets it out of the living compartment where it… Continue reading Choosing a Double- or Single-layer Hammock

Tribe Provisions Go-Anywhere Blanket II Review

Tribe Provisions Go-Anywhere Blanket II Product Description I reviewed the Tribe Provisions Go-Anywhere Blanket when it first came out in 2015. Much of the design remains the same, but the company has made a few updates since that first look: The draw string strap is longer to also function as a shoulder strap The stuff sack… Continue reading Tribe Provisions Go-Anywhere Blanket II Review

ENO Vesta Synthetic Top Quilt Review

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 year; the Vesta rounds out their synthetic line (the Vulcan is the matching synthetic under… Continue reading ENO Vesta Synthetic Top Quilt Review

Down and Synthetic Bootie/Sock Comparison Chart

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 booties, slippers, or socks. Here is a little comparison chart if, like me, you’ve been… Continue reading Down and Synthetic Bootie/Sock Comparison Chart

DIY One-Season Top Quilt or Liner

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. With nighttime temperatures predicted to be in the 60s°F (15–20°C), along with hot and dry… Continue reading DIY One-Season Top Quilt or Liner

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

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 every 5-10 miles), but hikers more often rave about the breathtaking scenery, roaring waterfalls, and… Continue reading Q&A – Thru Hiking The SHT in Winter (with a hammock)