By Sara Baird
This fall I had the opportunity to try out the Onewind 11’ Double Camping Hammock with Mosquito Net. I fell in love with the quality design and comfort of this hammock. I was thrilled when they asked me to check out another product.
Onewind focuses on providing quality lightweight gear at a reasonable cost. They offer hammock sleep systems, tents, and survival shelters. These products are made with the concept of “be light outdoors and travel lightly”. All products they sell have undergone rigorous product testing with both professional and amateur outdoor enthusiasts. Their motto is “Make home where you are!”.
Hammock Underquilt and Blanket Combo
This request came in during February, so I thought carefully about what I could use in Minnesota without waiting for spring to arrive. As I looked through the many choices, I was thrilled to see the Underquilt and Blanket Combo. I was excited at the prospect of extending the hammock season in my backyard.
This is a modular system that allows you to connect the blanket to the top quilt for added warmth. The blanket can be used as a blanket or as an additional layer on the underquilt.
Both hammock underquilt and Blanket are made with 1.1oz. 20D 400T ultralight nylon fabric and filled with DuPont™ Sorona Bio-Based Fiber Sustans®Insulation. This combo comes in either blue or green and in a temperature range of either 15F -30F （-9℃-0℃）or 23℉-40℉ (-5℃–5℃). They are windproof and waterproof for light rain. The filling is made with a bio-based fiber called Sorona making them light and warm.
The underquilt can be pulled tight for warmth or left hanging with a gap to accommodate warmer weather. The blanket can be attached for even more warmth when needed. The underquilt also has hooks to connect to your ridgeline (this is a rope that runs above the hammock to ensure that it stays tight and in place). It comes in the same double-sided bag that I loved about the hammock. This compression bag and color-coded carabiner system make it possible to attach the underquilt without letting it touch the ground.
Trying It Out
Not long after I received it, we had a glorious 40+ F degree day. This is very rare in February in Minnesota so I jumped at the idea of some time in my hammock. My husband and I tromped through the snow to find the perfect place to hang the hammock. I have never hung a hammock in snow before so it proved a little challenging.
I learned that it is important to pack down the snow around the hammock to ensure you can hang it at a high low enough to get into it without it sagging into the snow. I also realized that wearing boots in the snow can make it very challenging to get into the hammock without getting soaking wet.
Attaching the underquilt proved to be a bit of a challenge. I was so excited that I didn’t bother reading directions before taking it outside and found that it did not come with printed directions. I fumbled with it for a bit then finally pulled up the Onewind website and looked for directions. Once I understood how it was supposed to go on it was very easy. I should have known better since I had similar issues with the hammock. I did not have any straps to connect the underquilt to the ridgeline but found it was snug without them.
Once I had it figured out, I was able to adjust the hammock with ease. There was a chilly breeze but I was very cozy and warm in the hammock with just the underquilt on it. Once I connected the blanket to the underquilt I found I could easily relax and drift off to sleep. This was without even using a top quilt.
When it came time to pack it up, I was able to pack the underquilt into the double-sided bag that was hanging on the hammock rope and ready to use. Unfortunately, I had to remove the blanket in order to fit it into bag. The blanket proved to be a little harder to manage. The stuff sack is just a little too small to comfortably shove it into the bag. I was able to place it into the hammock anyway to shove it inside but it was time-consuming and took considerable effort.
Before finalizing my review, I did decide I wanted to use it at least one more time. Unfortunately, March proved to be an entire month of ice, rain, and wind and while tried to get out as much as possible I just could not bring myself to spend time out there in a hammock.
Finally, the weather turned at the start of April so I could spend more time with this product. The advantage was that the snow was melted so I only needed to deal with wet ground. I also had my sloppy boot experience to work from. This time I knew how to attach the underquilt and it went on smoothly.
Again, it would have been nice if it fit into the bag with the blanket attached because it was a little challenging to add the blanket but it was not impossible. Since it was a nice day, I decided to use the blanket as a blanket instead and found it quite cozy and warm.
I found the underquilt and blanket combo to be a great product. It will allow me to spend more time in the hammock in the spring and fall. Laying in a hammock and watching the sky is one of the best ways for me to decompress from a stressful day so this will be great.
I will also bring the underquilt and hammock on our spring and fall camping trips. I only found two downsides to this product. While they are light they are very bulky. These are not equipment I would want with me on a backpacking or wilderness trip but they do work fine for car camping or bringing along in the camper.
The other challenge was the size of the bag for the blanket. The tight fit helps with the size but it does make it harder to use. You can check out Onewind yourself at https://www.onewindoutdoors.com/ or on their Amazon store https://www.amazon.com/stores/onewind/page/241A09F4-AC6D-41A8-84A9-011254ACCA4B?ref_=ast_bln.
Are you wondering if I was really able to stay warm enough with just the underquilt and blanket? I was lucky enough to also try out the Onewind Topquilt/Poncho. Be sure to look for my review of that coming soon.
Your thoughts on this Hammock Underquilt and Blanket Combo
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This article was originally published by Campingforwomen.com. Read the original article here.