Short Review (Summary): I was fortunate enough to get in on and be able to purchase during the first batch of these and must say it is awesome! When these are back in stock, I recommend everyone picking one up!! Quality is outstanding!! It feels very good during fall camping!! Yes, temp here is starting to drop so its nice to have this extra layer of warmth under my hammock! Doing a lot of hammock camping, an underquilt is a MUST
1.) THIS DOESN’T replace your sleeping bag (or I should say, topside blanket). I know several companies are coming out with “Pod” systems for hammocks that can replace your sleeping bag but underquilts don’t really do that.. Underquilts help protect you from the open air below your hammock.. They work WONDERFULLY well doing this but most folks will still need a sleeping bag, blanket, or quilt (Overquilt if you buy from ENO) on their topside! Especially if its cold outside
2.) Someone once asked me, “I have a sleeping bag that’s wrapped around me, why would I need this” and I responded saying that your sleeping bag is squashed between your body and hammock.. Meaning its not insulating you very well!! This underquilt adds a layer that isn’t “Squashed” between you!!. A good sleeping pad can do the same thing but really, a sleeping pad in a hammock? Come on!
1.) Unique Design – Underquilts aren’t really new but there aren’t many major companies out there making them.. You have ENO as the “Big Boy” making them and then several “Cottage” brands such as Chill Gorilla and others.. All brands are giving their underquilts a unique twist and I own some from several brands!!
One of the unique and new design choices I have seen with this underquilt is the bungy cord system. It has two sets of cords, one at the top and bottom center of the quilt that is designed to attach to your carabiners and the other set of cords is on the sides used to attach to your “Anchor” system (Tree, Hammock Stand, Etc.). Attaching at both places works SO MUCH BETTER!!
Another Unique design is the feet area of this underquilt is smaller than the head area.. This really does help the fit and makes this fit much better!! Also notice the sides are curved and not straight.. I own several brands with straight sides and it causes the underquilt to sag. The curved sides of this underquilt has seemed to correct that issue!!
2.) Price – Chill Gorilla always prices their stuff at a GREAT VALUE!! Price changes but if you shop around you will notice they are priced as a great value, especially for the product quality!!
3.) Includes EVERYTHING YOU NEED!! One underquilt I purchased from another brand made me buy bungie cords.. Not a huge issue but after I spend a good chunk of change on gear I hate having to buy “Extras” just to use it!!
4.) 40 Degree – This is actually perfect.. Especially for me!! I use underquilts as an extra layer of warmth on the bottom.. When you hammock camp, the open air under your hammock can get cold!! I still have my toasty 0 degree bag on top so this 40 degree extra layer on the bottom is plenty! At least in my area
5.) Semi Lightweight – This is a synthetic bag so it is heavier than my down bags but still light enough to hike and backpack with
6.) Synthetic – Am I a DOWN or Synthetic person? Well being from East Tennessee I am both! Down doesn’t work well when the air is damp (It clumps together and flattens).. The Smokies has DAMP AIR almost 90% of the time! When I hammock camp I am exposed to that damp air so I love synthetic HOWEVER I feel much warmer in my DOWN bags!! SOO basically when I hammock camp I use synthetic.. When I tent camp I use down that I have treated that helps it with the damp air. Being in a tent though, the damp air isn’t as hard on the down.. So yeah, I am one of those “Both” guys!! I do have a down underquilt and use it when I am not camping in the Smokies
7.) Supporting a green company! If you purchased one of the first few batches of these the logo is upside down.. The company says this in the description.. A lot of companies would of tossed these or sold them at an outlet.. Nothing wrong with selling them at an outlet but I see a lot wrong with tossing these! So I am very glad to support a company that is just honest about the mistake and doesn’t waste product
8.) Plenty Long Enough – No issues with length.. I am 6FT tall and my body never hung out of this
9.) Works with ALL hammocks and brands
Overall: Yeah! When these are back in stock GRAB ONE!! The first batch went quickly!!! I am sure the new batches will as well
1.) Photos will come soon (If I don’t forget!)