The $600 Hammock Experience (made for winter temps)

Hammocks have roots in equatorial regions and traditionally are used only in summer months. Eagles Nest Outfitters hopes to change that equation with its new Blaze “under-quilt” and Ignitor “top-quilt.”

In short, the down-stuffed pieces work. We tested it this month. You can stay warm in freezing temps in this setup.

Caveat: It’s going to cost you. Together this winter hammock setup will cost about $600, including $300 for the Blaze and $230 for the Ignitor plus around $60 for the hammock.

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The Blaze and Ignitor turn your hammock into a warm cocoon in the winter

I tested it last week in Minnesota where spring temps still sit around freezing. Crawling into the hammock it felt like I was in a cocoon. The down-insulated covering above and below me was warm even as brisk winds whirled outside.

The top- and bottom-quilts are sold individually but they work well as a team. The Blaze weighs in at 24 ounces. The down-filled quilt fits snugly underneath the hammock and keeps cold air from seeping through.

It attaches easily to a suspended hammock by adaptable shock cords that hook on to the hammock systems’ carabiners.

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Ignitor under-quilt

Once inside, pull up the Ignitor to seal in your body heat. This 23-ounce, down-filled quilt is rated to 35 degrees Fahrenheit. It eliminates the ill fit and the struggle of getting in and out of a sleeping bag while in a hammock.

In the end, the hammock add-ons did what they promised, keeping me warm on a winter night. They cost a lot, but when compared to a high-end sleeping bag of similar quality the pricey hammock pieces might be worth it if you want to sleep suspended all year long.

—Amy Oberbroeckling is assistant editor.

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The Ignitor’s shape is tapered to fit your body

Posted by Linda Larsson - 04/23/2013 08:38 AM

Looks epic, but the price is too much. Hopefully cheaper versions are on it’s way?

/Linda, http://onlybloodyhuman.com

Posted by Matt - 04/23/2013 09:53 AM

A much less elegant solution that I use when hammock camping in colder temperatures is to use my normal sleeping bag, but with one of the cheap, blue ground pads from Wal-Mart that I’ve cut to fit inside the bag itself. Then I throw in a liner to avoid my back sticking to the ground pad all night. It’s probably not as comfortable as the set-up reviewed here, but it also only cost me $10 since I already owned the sleeping bag and liner.

Posted by Cris - 04/23/2013 12:36 PM

This is not really anything new. There are lots of small companies that have been doing this for a while, and are much better quality then the ENO stuff. Check out Hammockforums.net

Posted by Breck - 04/23/2013 02:56 PM

I second Cris’s comment above. HammockForums is awesome for anyone interested hammock camping.

Posted by LYN - 04/23/2013 03:35 PM

Hoping for one for the double hammock as well! :)

Posted by Tim - 04/25/2013 03:17 PM

Another way to do it is to take an old rectangular bag or something that has a foot vent in it and put the hammock through it like the Speer peapod systems. See: http://cache.backpackinglight.com/backpackinglight/user_uploads/1359318969_74719.jpg
and also:
https://www.hammockforums.net/forum/showthread.php?t=27503

Posted by Mike Petersen - 04/27/2013 02:41 AM

It’s not impossible to overcome the cold temps with winter hammock, but I prefer to just take a tent during winter.

http://giftsformenandwomen.com.au/hammocks

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