Monthly Archives: March 2012
A few weeks ago I received a special package in the mail that had my custom sized summer underquilt that I had ordered from Te Wa Underquilts. I ordered a breeze, the lightest in the line up and the only one with sewn through construction. I had Mike make it the standard 40 inches wide but to cut it short at a crazy 35″ long instead of the standard 52″. With an extra ounce of down, it’s rated closer to 35 degrees and if I add a full length pad I think I can get it down to freezing, easy!
Now before you say “35 inches!!, what’s that cover, your butt?” Let me explain. The height from my shoulders to the back of my knees is exactly 35″ and when hanging it hits a little higher than that, making it a perfect 2/3 underquilt for me. Also, I sleep curled up on my side and that brings it to a 3/4 underquilt. It’s the perfect match for the muggy summers and cool shoulder seasons we get here in the South!
The construction is flawless and the down puffs right up after being removed from the included stuff sack. The purple color also looks amazing against my blue hammock, way better than the pictures show!! The pictures I have are of my very first time hanging it up and I have since played around with it a ton to find the right way setup that will work best. I still have some tweaking to go but I’m hoping to have a full review after my first trip coming up soon!
After a horrid sound and a giant hole took out my Slice of Heaven 1.0 Hammock, I made some changes and upgrades and have just finished Slice of Heaven 2.0! The first change I made was instead of using the same 1.1 ripstop Nylon I switched it to 1.9 ripstop nylon. The lighter material held pretty well right up until I tried to shorten it to 7ft in length. Something about the shorter length lowered the weight limit lower than the weight of my body! So I bought heavier fabric and kept it at the shorter length.
The second thing I did was add the famous stretchy side modification! By adding two lengths of stretchy cord to the sides of the bottom half of my hammock I’ve increased the cocoon feeling without compromising on the flatness of my hammock! Also I made it out of a bungee-like string so that I don’t have to worry about it breaking if I get up out of the hammock without releasing the tension. Like, for example, I groggily get out to use the restroom and forget to loosen the sides, they will just stretch instead of snapping. The best part is that this modification is that because it curves the sides up slightly it makes keeping my sleeping bag and pillow in the hammock with me! The final modification I made was shortening it from the original 9ft to 7.5ft. Since I’m 5’3″ the shorter length works a bit better for me!
Length – 90″
Width – 60″
Weight – 15oz