Winter Hammock Camping - The Complete Guide
Hammock Camping Tips
Today we are going to explain about setting up your hammock for winter camping. I think this winter season is a perfect time to get out your hammock, and camping gear to see what it’s going to be like to get it set up. I think it’ll be a viable option now.
Winter Hammock Camping Setup - Prepare Early
Outdoor experts take it very seriously when they set up their outdoor gear to practice in the home garden first. The next major thing you want to do is get out to your destination on a trip where you’re relying on your camping gear to keep you safe.
Hammock camping/preparing might be working nicely in the daytime. But at night it becomes challenging, and temperatures always drop off. Only sleeping and being comfortable in the hammock is okay. But don't wait until night to set up the hammock.
Cold Weather Camping Tips
It’s essential to keep in mind that your ability in the winter is going to be limited. When you wear snow gloves or heat-resistant gloves for cooking, You cannot effectively use your fingers and your hands are freezing. So practicing in the outdoor environment in the exact type of situation where you’re going to be using your kit is helpful.
Building a Winter Hammock Kit – Our Gear Selection
Some products are going to be very integral to our setup. In this particular case, we are using a bunch of equipment from 2GoSystems. The reason why we use 2GoSystems gears is that we have a trustworthy experience with them. 2GoSystems is coming out with several multi-purpose and multi-use products.
V4 Trifecta – Thermal Blanket Canopy
V4 Trifecta – Thermal Blanket Canopy comes in Standard or XL sizes and different materials. Easy to pack and very light. 2GoSystems experiments with proprietary materials, coatings on the inside of 4-season hammock tarps, and cold weather tarp shelter systems to give you reflective properties.
You can use this trifecta as the outside shell of your cold-weather tarp shelter to keep you dry, so use it mostly as a tarp. Unzip this and get it completely straightened out and use it up over the top as a canopy.
The material of the trifecta is an olefin, which is a Tyvek material. So it doesn’t have the same tensile strength as nylon or a poly tarp.
You need to be careful about tension, and should not overdo it.
Increase the overall length of coverage, which is incredible for a wintertime shelter or something where you’re going to have adverse conditions.
4 Season Hammock for Winter
The hammock itself is not going to do all too much in the form of giving you protection. It is going to cut down on the wind a little bit.
However, I am relying on 2GoSystems products both to cut down on the wind and provide warmth and hammock insulation.
So the hammock is just a thing to lay in. It’s the rest of the system that’s going to provide your shelter properties both the ability to keep dry but also stay warm and comfortable.
This thing is super tiny. It is small the size of a baseball, and it is ridiculously light at like four and a half ounces. This thing is an insanely best lightweight hammock.
It allows gives you to carry more gear with warmth and with an actual camping thermal pad. You can make lose some weight and lose some bulk with the hammock to gain the overall properties that you get from some of the other winter hammock camping gear like a tent heater.
Set Up Sleeping Quilt for Winter
The next key component is under quilt setup. We use 2GoSystems thermal for it. It consists of two parts.
This thermal can use in several different ways
- It can be an under a quilt
- Sleeping bag
- An over quilt
- A pod system is most useful for most campers.
First, put your term on the winter camping hammock, basically creating a pod system. It was quite easy to do so because this is essentially a quilt you unzip the top lay it over you zip it back together.
You should take some other camping gear to help the supplement in case it’s an icy situation. Chances are, to be honest with you.
I probably would bring the supplemental gear with me to be safe, especially on one of those cold and sort of stormy nights sometimes you get stuck out there.
2GO SYSTEMS Hammock Top Quilt
Hammocks In the Fall
We have the 2Go Systems hybrid winter under the quilt. Another beautiful offering from 2 Go Systems. We very much like this, and at this point, we trust it. The hybrid quilt is the best solution at this point, whether it’s summertime or the middle of the fall or something like that.
We use this pretty much as an open kind of quilt versus a sleeping bag. You can use this as an under-a-quilt, a top quilt, a sleeping bag, or a cocoon hammock sleeping bag.
The hybrid quilt has some additional excellent lightweight down with me in an icy situation is a bonus.
If you want to cut down the wind, a little bit more, we have standard-size trifecta V4. You could use this underneath your hammock to create a wind block.
We primarily use trifecta as a cocoon system on the outside of the actual under the best top quilt for a hammock to block some more wind. It helps maintain your overall body heat and provides a little extra sort of thermal barrier for winter hammock camping.
Tarp Camping in Winter
Then we would take our actual top tarp to bring it nicely down low and kind of wrap everything up, and in that regard, I think this would work pretty well.
Beyond all that, we enjoy camping in this hammock. It does a couple of things. It gives you some pockets where the down or insulation in your sleeping bag actually can be more helpful and more productive by not being squashed down against your back and the hammock beneath.
The other thing it does helps to spread out the hammock material. We typically use a pad with a pillow, so that gives us something from your head. But beyond that, we also have a couple of extra pillows with us for a couple of reasons.
I like to put them beneath my knees. It gives you a better night’s sleep and helps you kind of cradle your knees a little bit. So I don’t end up with gaps beneath them and just a little bit of awkwardness.