Winter is upon the UK. It was -5 degrees C across a lot of the country last night and set to fall to -10. Too cold for a hammock camp? No! With the right setup, using a hammock in winter is totally doable. One of the key items you’ll need is an underquilt. It sits below your hammock and keeps the warmth in. But what is a hammock underquilt and what do you do with it? Today we are going to give an overview of hammock underquilts and we’ll take a look at the best budget hammock underquilts available in the UK.
What is a hammock underquilt?
A hammock underquilt is, as the name suggests, an insulated quilt that basically hangs underneath a hammock to provide warmth and protection from the cold. It is designed to wrap around the bottom and sides of the hammock, creating a barrier between you and the chilly air. The underquilt helps to trap body heat and prevent it from escaping, keeping the you warm – and they really do make a difference.
Staying warm in a hammock in winter
To stay warm in a hammock during winter, try the following:
- Use an underquilt: As mentioned earlier, an underquilt is essential for insulating the underside of the hammock and preventing heat loss.
- Use a top quilt or sleeping bag: A top quilt or sleeping bag designed for hammock camping will provide insulation on top of your body, helping to trap heat and keep you warm.
- Dress in appropriate layers: Wear thermal or moisture-wicking base layers, insulating mid-layers, and a waterproof and windproof outer layer to retain body heat and protect against the elements.
- Use a sleeping pad: Placing a sleeping pad inside the hammock can provide additional insulation and cushioning, especially if the temperatures are extremely cold.
- Block the wind: Use a tarp or a hammock-specific winter cover to shield yourself from wind and precipitation, further enhancing the warmth inside the hammock.
- Choose a decent, sheltered location: Look for a sheltered spot with natural windbreaks, such as trees or rock formations, to set up your hammock and minimise exposure to harsh winter conditions (obviously, watch out for trees and branches that may fall on you, if the wind picks up).
How to use a hammock underquilt
To use a hammock underquilt, follow these general steps:
- Set up your hammock: Find a suitable location to hang your hammock and set it up according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
- Attach the underquilt: Place the underquilt underneath the hammock and attach it securely. Most underquilts come with suspension systems or attachment points that allow you to hang them from the hammock’s suspension lines.
- Adjust the underquilt: Ensure that the underquilt is evenly spread out underneath the hammock and that it wraps around the bottom and sides to provide complete coverage.
- Fine-tune the fit: Make any necessary adjustments to the underquilt to eliminate any gaps or drafts. The underquilt should form a snug barrier around the hammock to effectively trap heat.
- Test for comfort: Climb into the hammock and assess the warmth and comfort provided by the underquilt. Make further adjustments if needed to achieve the desired level of insulation.
Budget hammock underquilts available in the UK – price comparison
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OneTigris Hideout Hammock Underquilt
210T Terylene shell, 300T polyester pongee lining, and 700g polyester cotton filling. Dimensions in 2.8m (L) *1.2m (W),
GEERTOP Hammock Underquilt
Length:228cm/89.7inches, maximum width: 65cm/25.5inches , minimum width: 12cm/4.7inches, and weight: 850g /1.87lbs.
Night Cat Hammock Underquilt
Dimensions: 270 x 140 x 2.51 cm
Weight: 1.2 kg
Onewind Hammock Underquilt
Weighs 2lbs. Dimensions: 83 x 52" and can be used on single and double hammocks comfortable diagonal lay.
DD Hammocks Underquilt
Keep comfortable in temperatures down to -5 Degrees Celsius. Dimensions 200 x 124 x 6cm.
Weight 950 g
Related: If you’re still on the look out for the perfect hammock setup, check out our Budget camping hammock setups article for some great options.
Budget hammock underquilts available in the UK – summary
So there you go – a quick look at hammock underquilts. They are not expensive either and the budget hammock underquilts available in the UK, that we have listed above, offer great value. Obviously, if you have a particular brand of hammock, you might want to check to see if they do a hammock underquilt to fit your hammock exactly. Sticking with the same brand and getting the right one to match your hammock is obviously the way to go, if possible. However, in our experience, most hammock underquilts work nicely for a range of hammocks. In combination with the other kit we’ve mentioned, a hammock underquilt could become an essential part of your winter hammocking kit.