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10 Tips for Winter Hammock Camping

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Is Winter Hammock Camping For You

Winter hammock camping presents a unique problem. That being, how to keep the space underneath you warm. When you lay in a sleeping bag in a hammock the insulation underneath you is compressed, making it useless. There are two options to reflect the body heat underneath you: underquilts and pads. Underquilts are constructed much like a sleeping bag, and hang underneath your hammock. They do an excellent job of containing your body heat, and are the preferred choice for most winter hammock campers. We recently reviewed the , and found it be awesomely warm.

Surprised this didn’t come up in his blog but, a true winter hammocking expert, Shug, has some great videos, including a 10 part beginner tutorial on how to get started with hammocks.

@ Winter Hammock Camping Diy - Mirrors Edge Disarm

  • Ray Garlington invented the Garlington Taco, which is basically a windproof undercover that hangs like an underquilt below the hammock and prevents the wind from robbing your heat through convection. You can also put insulation inside the Taco...anything from leaves to blown-up garbage bag to extra clothing and sleeping bags to an open cell foam pad. (See here for details.) Ray now puts a "Bag o' Feathers" in there. See his Silk Hammock design for details on the Taco and Bag o' Feathers.
  • Garlington Insulator on a Speer Hammock
    Originally posted on Ray's page

  • Gear Collector figured out how to make the stock Hennessy tarp fit as an A-sym undercover. Like all good winter hammocking pioneers, he wrote detailed instructions with pics here (Adobe Acrobat Reader needed to view file). Of course, you'll need another tarp (preferably a bigger one) to protect you from the rain.
  • Hennessy Underfly
    Photo by Gear Collector

  • Some folks use materials like windshield heat reflectors and mylar space blankets to reflect radiated heat back to your body. I've never used these, but it seems like the biggest advantage with these is that they block the wind. If you have a good story about how one helped keep you warmer, email it to me and I'll post it here.
  • The Hennessy SuperShelter is basically a commercial application of the Garlington Taco. It uses a silnylon undercover fitted to the Hennessy to provide a windblock, and a specialized open cell foam pad to provide the loft. Hennessy advertises that one underpad will be sufficient to 50° F, but I think that's quite a bit optimistic. It's still a good setup made specifically for the HH, and you can add several of his pads to increase the temperature range. For cold dry climates you can get an overcover to trap more warmth inside the hammock. When used together, the undercover and overcover make up his SuperShelter. See the BGT reviews for more details.
  • Hennessy SuperShelter
    Photo by Sgt Rock
    Originally posted on Whiteblaze

  • Jacks 'R' Better used to make a Weather Shield undercover from Microporous Polypropylene that was 100% waterproof and extremely breathable. It was designed to fit over their underquilts, but you could use it alone just like a Garlington Taco and put your own insulation inside. They made an overcover for your top quilt, too. See my Weather Shield Review and Test Page.

    Now they have a Weather Shield Type 2 made from silnylon and DWR.

    Weather Shield Bottom

    Weather Shield Top

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Surprised this didn’t come up in his blog but, a true winter hammocking expert, Shug, has some great videos, including a 10 part beginner tutorial on how to get started with hammocks.

Surprised this didn’t come up in his blog but, a true winter hammocking expert, Shug, has some great videos, including a 10 part beginner tutorial on how to get started with hammocks.