So you have been camping for years in your ground tent and sleeping bag and absolutely love it.. but there is another option and it’s been around for a while now but the talk is getting louder and louder.. Hammock Camping…
So why hammocks? First, you sleep better… how many times have you been on a camping trip and wake up each morning and don’t feel refreshed and like you got a good night sleep? Most of us.. that’s because the ground is a very unforgiving place to sleep. It’s hard, uncomfortable and flat out not the best way to sleep. And.. yes you can have a sleeping mat or pad but it still isn’t ideal. So sleeping in a hammock is as one article I read – sleeping in a suspended, floating cocoon of happiness. I read that and thought.. WOW.. this lady is a lifelong camper and is making a statement like that about hammocks. They must be amazing. Who wouldn’t want to camp and wake up feeling great?
Second is weight.. When backpacking you are constantly looking for lighter and lighter gear so you aren’t hauling a ton of weight on your back. Backpack, tent, tent poles, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, etc, etc, etc.. Compare all that gear to sleep to hammock camping which if you do it right like a HG Wanderlust Hammock Camping Kit that weight comes in at an amazing 40 oz or 2.5 lbs or 5.5 with the addition of the optional standard insulation. Try the traditional camping route with a tent and gear in under that.. We will look at the Wanderlust a little more later in the post.
Now that I have your attention and Hammock Camping sounds intriguing let’s look at HG and some of their gear.
HG – Hammock Gear… I pulled this information from their About HG page – Established in 2009, Hammock Gear is a small manufacturing company based just outside of Columbus Ohio. We pride ourselves on using the highest quality materials available on the market, to produce our line of ultralight backpacking products. Many of our craftspeople have been active in their respective fields for decades. Drawing on the expertise of our team members, as well as the experience of our customers, we are constantly striving to improve our line of products preferred by hammock and ground campers alike. This combination of expertise and high expectation is the foundation of our mission as a manufacturer of outdoor recreational gear.
I have been talking to HG for a few weeks now and have done a lot of reading and research on HG as a company as well as hammock camping in general. As you know I am a fan of small companies and individuals that produce hand crafted products and HG falls right into that small manufacturing type of company and I like what I have read and seen so far. From the interactions I have had with HG’s President I can see how they have a passion for what they are doing and putting out for us outdoors folk. Their products aren’t mass produced but rather made with that same passion and attention to detail so you know that you are getting quality.
The Wanderlust Complete Kit For Hammock Camping
Here’s what you get…
- Zippered Bug Net Hammock
- Ultralight Hammock Suspension including Continuous Loops, Ridgeline, Carabiners, Ultralight Daisy Chain
- Quest Tarp equipped with 12′ green reflective guyline at both ridgeline tie-outs and 6′ orange reflective guyline at all four perimeter tie-outs
- Knotless tie-out package with LineLocs and titanium clips
- Aluminum Y-Stakes (4)
- Matching Stake Stuff Sack
- Stuff Sack for storing everything together
- Total Weight – 40 oz / 2.5 lbs
Optional Standard Insulation
- Economy Burrow Standard Length and Width 20 degree comfort rating: Moroccan Blue Outer / Black Inner
- Economy Incubator Standard Length 20 degree comfort rating: Moroccan Blue Outer / Black Inner
- Both quilts ship with their own FREE individual storage sack and stuff sack!
- Total Weight – 88 oz / 5.5 lbs
With Every Wanderlust Kit Purchase you get
- A mesh gear sleeve
- Silicone seam sealer for the tarp
The options you can select on the Wanderlust are primarily color related – The zippered bug net hammock comes in black, charcoal grey, dark olive green, moroccan blue and moss green. Then you get to choose your tarp color – copper or dark olive green.
Now we are going to look at the two components that make up the optional standard insulation part of the Wanderlust.. The economy burrow and economy incubator.
The Economy Burrow or Top Quilt
From the HG website – The Economy Burrow top quilt works well for ground sleepers (make sure you order the wide width) and hammock sleepers alike. With a Economy Burrow you can rest assured that when those temperatures plummet, you will remain toasty warm. Our top quilts feature a half taper design and vertical torso baffles, which helps to make sure you have proper side coverage to your hips, while also saving a little bit of weight due to the tapered footbox. We have two options for foot boxes, zipper and sewn. The zipper footbox is more versatile, allowing you to unzip and lay the quilt out flat. The sewn footbox should be utilized if you only camp in cold weather, and don’t need to vent the top quilt. Each top quilt comes standard with grosgrain loops along the sides of the quilt to allow ease of attaching our Ground Pad Attachment Kit, which comes in handy if you sleep on an insulated pad. Our Economy Burrow is 15-20% overfilled to help minimize down migration and prolong the loft of the down over time and use.
Now comes the difficult or fun – however you look at it.. The options!!
There are 5 outer shell colors to choose from – black, blue, grey, green and orange.
There are 2 inner shell colors – black or grey
Temperature Rating Options of – 40° F, 30° F, 20° F, 10° F or 0° F
Length Options – Standard (5’7″ to 6’2″), Short (5’2″ to 5’7″) and Long (6’2″ to 6’7″)
Width Options – Standard (50″ for Hammocks) and Wide (55″ For Ground & Hammocks)
Footbox Style Options- Zipper or Sewn
Down Fill – 800
Overfill options – Standard Fill, 1 ounce, 2 ounces, 3 ounces or 4 ounces
And lastly – Ground Pad Attachment Kit
Whew.. That’s a lot of options that will get you EXACTLY what you want and need.
The Economy Incubator or Underquilt
From the HG website –
The ULTIMATE underquilt for guaranteed comfort at a low price… The Standard length Economy Incubator is long enough to generously cover most hammock campers up to about 6’ 1”. Our Economy Incubator series utilizes downproof 1.1 oz / yd² (20D) Calendared Nylon Taffeta fabric and 800 fill power DWR Treated Grey Duck Down. This underquilt will protect you in temperatures down to its temperature rating. If you are looking for an underquilt that is hassle free and will allow you to enjoy your hammock for more months of the year, you have found it.
The Economy Incubator comes with 9 anatomically contoured, differential cut baffles that run the length of the quilt. One of the things this construction technique does is to greatly reduce the shifting of down that is sometimes more noticeable in quilts made with premium down. This is one of the reasons Hammock Gear quilts are always 15-20% overstuffed. The differential cut, contoured baffles also provide the highest level of fit which is critical to keeping warm. The Economy Incubator comes complete with our state of the art shock-cord suspension system, featuring color coded s-biners that help you to easily orient the head and foot end of the underquilt for a quick and effortless set-up. All of our quilts are shipped with a complimentary cotton storage sack, and a nylon stuff sack!
Like the burrow there are multiple options to choose from
Same 5 colors of outer shell and 2 colors for the inner shell
Same temperature ratings from 40° to 0° F
Same length options, down fill and overfill options.
Looking at all that you get for a great price how could you go wrong picking up a new sleeping system that offers superior comfort and weight perfect for backpacking? Not to cloud things but they do offer a premium line as well which offers more color combinations and the down fill goes from 800 in the economy line to 850 or 950 in the premium.. We can talk about that in a different post.
So now you need to decide if you want to sleep better when out camping… who wouldn’t… if you fall into that category give HG a look. You can check out the large offering of gear they produce on their website of https://hammockgear.com/
I would guess you won’t be sorry you went with a passionate company like Hammock Gear..