Thermarest Slacker Snuggler Underquilt Review 2018/12/04
Sleeping in a hammock is a unique way to experience the woods. When
out camping, learning bushcraft and even when just relaxing in one. As
winter creeps closer the temperatures will drop, especially at night.
Retiring our hammock passion simply because it's getting colder is not
an option. So we need something to keep us cosy when in a hammock
during winter. The Thermarest Slacker Snuggler enables you to sleep
out in a hammock throughout the year whilst staying warm and
comfortable. Let’s take a closer look.
When in a hammock the air can freely circulate around you, that’s one of
the reasons hammock camping is so wonderful. However in colder
temperatures this is not ideal as you are exposed to those cold drafts.
You want something to slow the movement of air around you and insulate
at the same time. The Thermarest Snuggler is a synthetic underquilt
designed to be used with Slacker Hammock range. An underquilt is
basically half a sleeping bag that goes around the underside of a
hammock and serves a couple of uses. It traps your heat that would
otherwise be lost from under the hammock, removed by the air circulating
around you. The underquilt also reflects your own body heat back towards
you, thereby reducing your own radiative heat loss out to the cold air
There are a few versions available in
the Thermarest Snuggler product line. I own the Super Snuggler and
Slacker Snuggler which are both synthetic filled underquilts. The Super
Snuggler for really cold conditions and the Slacker Snuggler for those
slightly chilly nights. I went for synthetic underquilts as they handle
moisture much better than anything else. Thermarest also makes a down
filled underquilt called the Down Snuggler and this would be great for
dry cold conditions.
If you own a Slacker Hammock and Suspenders Hanging Kit then pitching
everything is so simple. A Snuggler has at one end a loop of bungee cord
and at the other a loop of fixed line with a length adjuster. You have
to pass the bungee loop and fixed line loop through the carabiner at
each end of the Suspenders Hanging Kit. Finally you adjust the length of
the fixed line loop to get the desired tension. The bungee cord end
automatically prevents damage being done to any fabric or lines when you
climb into the hammock and affect it by your extra weight. The Suspender
Kit is pre strung to a tree at each end and already holding the hammock,
the Snuggler is the accessory you put on last.
Whatever version of a Snuggler underquilt you decide on it will improve
your comfort and cosiness when hammock camping. If you are venturing out
in early autumn before any snow then I am sure the Slacker Snuggler
would suffice. For anything in winter then go for the Super Snuggler or
Down Snuggler for dry cold.
The Snuggler range comes in a storage bag that doubles as an extra
pocket for your hammock when you have it pitched. The size of the pocket
will fit a Kindle or headtorch and other small items. I find the pocket
to be frustrating, so I instead string up a ridgeline of paracord above
my head and hang things on that. It is super easy to pitch and adds much
needed warmth to those colder nights. For the coldest of nights the
warmer versions will allow you to stay camped out throughout the year.
An issue is that the storage bag does not compress my Slacker Snuggler
or Super Snuggler enough. So leave it out and stuff it in your rucksack
directly to fill any odd gaps between items or get a proper stuff bag to
reduce its rather bulky size before packing it. Recommended