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10 Best Hammock Underquilts

So you are planning to brave the wilderness and are ditching the traditional tent. Good for you.

You are being a true nomad by setting up your hammock above the ground and really getting back to nature.

But did you stop thinking about how your body will handle the elements without the protection of the tent?

Did you stop and wonder if a sleeping bag is all you will need to keep warm in the dead chill of night?

Are you certain the layers of clothes you packed will keep you warm enough?

Some people, especially those new to camping out under the stars in hammocks don’t stop to wonder what it is really like. All they think is how grand it will be to sleep under the stars like a caveman.

But the elements can wreak havoc on your sleep and your body.

You could easily wake up with stiff joints, froze toes or even the flu.  Without the proper insulation, you will get cold.

Just having a sleeping bag isn’t going to protect you from the cold chill of the night no matter what degrees the sleeping bag can handle.

You’ll need to have the best hammock underquilt to do the job. To make it easy for you, we’ve researched the ten best hammock underquilts that will protect you and give you the warmth you’ll need ensuring a great experience outdoor.

Top 10 Hammock Underquilt List

The Importance of a Hammock Underquilt

You see, when you sleep in a hammock with only a sleeping bag, your sleeping bag gets compressed by your body weight. Sometimes so much so that it becomes paper thin.  When the bag is compressed it offers little to no insulation leaving you with what is called “cold butt syndrome” or CBS for short. The only way to effectively combat this issue is by getting an underquilt.

Underquilts are just as they sound. They are large blankets constructed from goose or duck down. Sometimes they are made from synthetic materials like polyester. The purpose is to have the blanket on the outside of the hammock to keep the bottom of the hammock warm. Without this extra insulation, you will get cold no matter what kind of sleeping bag you put in your hammock.

Think of it this way, when you sleep on the ground in a tent you get a sleeping pad. That pad offers you protection not only from the rocks and other sharp objects under you but insulation from the cold as well. Without the pad, you get chilly at night. The same thing happens in a hammock. You need that extra insulation between you and the elements if you want to stay comfortable during the night.

So How do You Pick the Best Hammock Underquilt?

When you are looking for an underquilt there are three main tips that make finding one simple.  If you keep these tips in mind, you will find a great underquilt that will suit all your camping needs.

Know the dimensions of your hammock.

You need to know what size of an underquilt to get. Many are universal and will fit most size hammocks. But for the longer and wider hammocks, some underquilts just won’t fit no matter what you do. So make sure you know the size of your hammock before purchasing.

Know where you are going.

It is important to know exactly where you will be setting up your hammock. If you are going to a place that is known to be extremely cold at night you will want an underquilt that will protect you from the chill. You wouldn’t buy one that is thin. You also wouldn’t want an underquilt that is constructed with material that will soak up moisture. While many are coated with  moisture repellant, you will want one that is water resistant if you are planning a trip during a wet season.

Materials and Construction

The last thing you want is to have to get up in the middle of the night and adjust the underquilt because of the cold. When you are picking out your underquilt for your hammock, get one that you can adjust while sitting inside the hammock. You should also look for one that is made with duck or goose down for low temperatures as they offer the best insulation.

Of course when it comes to the construction of the underquilt make sure you get one that is beveled. That way the insulation doesn’t bunch in one spot which will prevent you from having CBS. Another thing you need to look for is the suspension cords. You can find that there are some that wrap around your hammock to lock in your body heat. You will also find ones that latch onto the hammock itself. Depending on how chilly you think it will get is a factor in which suspension you should get.

Ask yourself what will make you feel more cozy, being bundled down into the hammock? Or, having space and wiggle room without the claustrophobia effect of being strapped to the hammock?

Detailed Reviews of Top 10 Best Hammock Underquilts

Now that you have an idea of what to look for, here are the top 10 Best Hammock Underquilts. Each one on the list offers you something special. So being able to know what you need from an underquilt, will help you pick the right one.

1. Nest Underquilt: ENO – Vulcan

When you really have to feel like a bug in a rug, you will need to bring with you the ENO Vulcan Underquilt. The Vulcan will keep you warm in during any season thanks to its PrimaLoft Synergy system. The insulation in this underquilt is made of fine and ultrarine-denier fibers.eno_eagles

These fibers form air pockets that not only trap and conceal your body heat but also block the cold from getting in. Even during the not so chilly summer nights when 60 degrees F makes you a bit uncomfortable, your body heat will be trapped in these air pockets keeping you snug. And should the temperatures drop down to 30 or 40 degrees F you will be glad you invested in one of these.

One of the best parts about the Vulcan is how it is constructed. Unlike other underquilts, the Vulcan inner shell is narrower that the outer shell allowing you to shift without the material bunching up. This also allows the quilt to conform to your body to keep you snug all night long. You won’t be feeling a cold draft in this underquilt.

Plus you will find that the Vulcan Underquilt repels water so in that instance when it does happen to rain or mist on your camping trip, the water will bead up and fall off of you. Although it is not water proof and if the weather calls for rain, you will need a tarp or other means of keeping the rain off of you.

Now, when it comes to packing, the Vulcan weighs barely anything at all. You won’t even notice the 30 ounces of weight added to your pack. It may be a bit bulky so strapping to the side of your hiking backpack by a D-ring will help to reduce the bulkiness in your pack. Plus using a D-ring will free up room in your sack allowing you to pack up more necessities like food and water.

Features I Like:

  • Easy to set up under the hammock
  • Super lightweight
  • Compacts down to about the size of a football
  • Keeps you warm and snug
  • Water repellent finish
  • Adjustable suspension
  • Contours to your body

2. ENO – Ember 2

When staying warm is the name of the game you need an Ember 2 underquilt. This four season polyester filled quilt is exactly what you need to stay warm during chilly nights in the backcountry. Rest assured that no matter which way the draft comes at you, you will be protected on all sides.Eno Ember

The Ember 2 will protect you on the sides and bottom of the hammock. Should the wind whip around your head, the underquilt doesn’t engulf the entire hammock. You will still need to use layers and a sleeping bag for protection.  But at least you won’t suffer from CBS and will stay warm and comfortable if and when the temperature drops to 30 degrees F.

As a bonus, you will get everything you need to keep this underquilt in place. Plus the setup takes a matter of minutes. You will spend less time shivering and more time relaxing when you get the Ember 2 underquilt wrapped around your hammock.

Another great thing about the Ember 2 is how easy it is to store. You will barely feel the 25 ounces added to your sack when you hike out to your favorite spot. The fact that it comes with a nylon sack for you to stuff it in also reduces space in your sack. With a simple D-ring, you can have this lightweight underquilt strapped to your hiking backpack and away you go.

Features I Liked:

  • The Ember 2 is designed especially for hammocks
  • Excellent insulation
  • Easy setup
  • Easy to get in and out of
  • Super lightweight
  • Stores nicely in its sack

3. Lightweight underquilt OneTigris

The One Tigris underquilt is made for three seasons with its polyester filling and ripstop nylon shell. You will find that dew and moisture are no match for this underquilt as it has been coated with DWR and 300T polyester pongee lining.underquilt lightweight

If you plan on taking this under quilt out keep in mind that the coldest you want it to get outside is 40 degrees F. Although during the summer months it seems hot during the day, the temperature can still drop. This is especially true for desert campers. That is why it will keep you comfortable at a heating temperature of 68 degrees F.

When it comes to staying warm, the One Tigris stays in place and doesn’t float around. It is designed to snuggle your hammock keeping you comfortable in fall, spring, or summer.

Features I Liked:

  • Fits most hammocks
  • Easy to store in its stuff sack
  • Lightweight coming in at 26 ounces
  • Super easy setup
  • Perfect for backyard sleepovers
  • Stays put while you sleep

4. Eagle Nest Outfit – BlazeENO blaze underquilt

Like all Eagle Nest Outfitters products, the Blaze under quilt is designed to withstand whatever Mother Nature wants to throw at you. This four season underquilt is perfect for those chilly mountain mornings to the cool summer desert nights.

The Blaze is filled with duck down keeping you comfortable in temperatures for 30 degrees F. Plus the way it is constructed, the underquilt contours to your body even when you shift at night. This feature makes it difficult for the cold air to even reach you.

You will also like the fact that it has a moisture/water repellant to keep you dry in the high mountains thanks to the nylon rip-stop shell.

The best part about the Blaze is how easy you can set it up. And should you need to make any adjustments in the middle of the night, you can do it right from the hammock. No need to get your toes all frost. The shock-cord suspension rails make adjusting the underquilt a breeze so you can get back to sleep.

Packing the Blaze is easy with its cotton storage bag that you can easily attach to your sack. Plus the added 24 ounces is barely noticeable. This is one underquilt you don’t want to pass up on.

Features I Liked:

  • Compacts easily
  • Super warm in all seasons
  • Easy to adjust in the dead of night
  • Contours to body
  • Uses duck down for insulation
  • Fits most hammocks

5. Hammock Underblanket Snugpak

When it is snuggle time, no hammock would be complete without the Snugpack. This underquilt fits most hammocks and is easy to assemble. It is constructed from micro-diamond fabric and comes with paratex antibacterial treatment to keep it clean and mildew free.

You don’t want to be caught in the cold, so the Snugpack is perfect to conforming to your hammock and keeping your body warm all night long.

The underquilt packs up nicely in your sack and the added 2.9 pounds isn’t that noticeable. Although it is one of the heavier underquilts on this list. You can rest assure that when you take this quilt with you, it will keep you safe from the elements.

Although it is not recommended for extra winter conditions. But as long as the temperature doesn’t drop to below 35 degrees F you will be comfortable.

Features I Liked:

  • Affordable
  • Cozy
  • Easy to set up
  • Cradles the hammock
  • The antibacterial treatment to keep it clean
  • Compresses down to 3.4 pounds

6. 40 Degree Ultralight Down UQ UnderQuilt

Want an underquilt that was created for the cold winter months, yet cool enough for the summer and dry in the spring? Then look no further than Mac-Gear. The Mac-Gear is constructed of only the best materials to keep you warm when you need it the most. The down filling for the Mac-Gear is 700 with a ratio of 80/20. You will find that this underquilt is incredibly lightweight and easy to tote around.40 Degree Ultralight Down UQ Under Quilt for Hammock

When it comes to overall comfort, the underquilt comes with a five-inch baffle design that keeps the down distributed evenly throughout the quilt and not bunched up in one spot.

With the rain or dew that comes along with roughing it outdoors, you will need an underquilt that can handle water. The 100% nylon shell makes it super easy to dry should it get wet.

This underquilt has everything you need to get it set up right away. You will find it has elastic ends and each corner offers a D-ring for simple suspension.

Features I Liked:

  • You can use this underquilt as a top quilt as well
  • Lightweight coming in at 16.5 -17.3 ounces
  • Easy to store
  • Compresses easily for storage in sack
  • Great for winter months
  • Down distributes evenly and doesn’t bunch up

7. Outdoor Vitals Aerie

When it comes to function and variety you don’t need to look any further than the Aerie by Outdoor Vitals. The Aerie offers you five uses from this one product. You can easily use the Aerie as a technical blanket, sleeping bag, pod system, or an underquilt. When you have two Aerie sleeping bags you can attach them together to make a double bag.outdoor vitals

The Aerie is constructed and filled with only the best materials to make it ultra lightweight. You will find that the 800 fill power down keeps the Aerie under 1.7 pounds. Everything from the outer shell to the zippers is durable and resilient.

When you buy an Aerie from Outdoor Vitals you won’t need to worry if the temperature drops to 30 degrees F at night. You will stay warm and cozy. Plus the down allows for hotter nights to be comfortable by circulating the air flow around your body. The same system that traps heat in to keep you warm also helps keep you cool in hotter climates.

Features I Liked:

  • Durable
  • Keeps you warm in cold weather
  • Keeps you dry from moisture or dew
  • Ultra lightweight
  • Easy to set up
  • Multiple uses
  • Suspension kit included

8. Sleeping Bag, Use As Ultralight UnderQuilt

Looking for more than just an underquilt for your hammock? Then look no further than the Roost by Outdoor Vitals. This underquilt offers three different functions. It can work as an underquilt, a sleeping bag, or a double sleeping bag. Of course, the only real way to make this a double sleeping bag is if you purchase two bags and join them together. Yet, it works perfectly for an underquilt to keep you nice and warm.Sleeping Bag, Use As Ultralight UnderQuilt

When it comes to camping during the spring, fall, or summer months, this underquilt works wonders at keeping out the cold. Constructed from synthetic filling, you won’t be disappointed when the temperature drops in the dead of night to about 45 degrees F. Plus the 300T ripstop outer shell along with 190T polyester inner shell and the zipper guard make it easy to stay snug.

As far as packing this underquilt up, you will barely feel the 2.75 pounds added to your pack.

Features I Liked:

  • Material used makes it super lightweight
  • Repels moisture
  • 3 in 1 design allows you to add another sleeping bag to double its original size
  • Durable and resilient to tears and rips
  • Suspension kit included

9. Western Mountaineering Slinglite

If you are looking for a basic underquilt, then look no further than Western Mountaineering Slinglite. This under quilt is super easy to set up with its ability to clip to your hammock. It also comes with lateral adjusters and fits most gathered end hammocks.Mountaineering underquilt

When it comes to being lightweight, this underquilt weighs only 13 ounces. Talk about not feeling the extra burden of weight when hiking out to your spot. This underquilt will also keep you snug and warm in cold weather to mild summer nights.

And when the wind starts howling or the weather drops unexpectedly down to 20 degrees F you can rest assure that you will stay warm and cozy inside the Slinglite.

Unlike some of the other underquilts on this list, the Slinglite is constructed with 850 fill power goose down locking in your body heat and keeping the chilly weather out. You will sleep like a baby with the underquilt and feel like you are sleeping on a cloud.

Features I Liked:

  • Goose down filling
  • Side claps to keep the quilt in place
  • Super lightweight
  • Easy setup
  • Adjustable
  • Fits most hammocks

10. Flare underquilt

The Flare is a simple and easy to setup underquilt that is perfect for those spring months. You will find that this quilt repels moisture keeping you dry from the morning dew. The Flare contours to your body keeping you snug and provides a barrier from the harsh elements.flare_underquilt

When it comes to packing up this underquilt you will find that the added 1.85 pounds is hardly noticeable. You will also enjoy the bungee cords that are added to each end closes off the underquilt truly engulfing you in warmth.

The Flare is definitely an accessory you will want to bring with you no matter where you are going. Even if the temperatures reach 35 degrees F you can rest comfortably in your hammock.

Features I Liked:

  • Easy to set up
  • Cost efficient
  • Lightweight
  • Cozy
  • Fits most hammocks
  • 100% Polyester
  • Repels water/ moisture

Best Pick

Out of all the ten underquilts listed which one is the best of the best? If you are looking for an underquilt that will offer you the most bang for your buck then you should take a second look at the Aeries. The Aeries offers you five uses out of this one product. The fact that it can keep you warm all year round is another added bonus.

Some may say that it is universal and that it isn’t really an underquilt. But the fact is, an underquilt is a blanket that is big enough to engulf a hammock and provide the insulation you need to battle the elements. That is exactly what this product does. Plus, if you don’t always want to camp from a hammock, this doubles as a sleeping bag. So you have the best of both worlds with the Aeries.

Now, if you are going to be camping in extreme weather conditions you should look into getting an ENO. It really doesn’t matter which one as all ENO products are well constructed and will hold up to any weather condition.  However, the best on this list would have to be the Vulcan. Not just because it has an awesome name, but because of its amazing features.

The Vulcan offers you the perfect shock cord suspension that lets you adjust the comfort level. If you want your feet exposed, simply adjust the cords to allow more air flow to your feet. Plus when it comes to dew and moisture, the water repellant causes the moisture to bead up and roll off the underquilt.

Conclusion

So even though you are bearing the elements of Mother Nature, you don’t have to freeze while doing so. Sleeping in a hammock is a rewarding experience that sleeping in a tent just doesn’t give you. There is something primal about being vulnerable to nature in a hammock that a tent protects you from. But just because you are open to nature doesn’t mean you have to endure all the harshness that comes with it.

An underquilt is a great investment for those that want to travel light and camp in a whole new way. It offers you the insulation you need as well as the comfort your body needs to rejuvenate from the hike. The last thing you want is to toss and turn or turn into a Popsicle.

To really enjoy camping in a hammock you should also consider looking into getting a mosquito net. Mosquito nets are perfect for protecting you from the mosquitos and other flying insects that are destined to annoy you while you sleep.

When you have the right set up for your hammock you will wonder why you ever camped out of a tent in the first place. Hammocks are fun, comfortable and primal. They offer you a true camping experience like you have never had before.

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Neil Ferriss

Hey! I am Neil. Since I quit my job in 2015, I’ve traveled to several countries and have completed some thrilling items from my adventure bucket list. This blog is about sharing entertaining travel stories, useful travel tips and thrilling adventures with you from my non-stop adventure around the world.

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