JRB Universal Tarp Introduction

April 10, 2014

This large JRB tarp is the most capable tarp available for either hammock or ground camps. Loaded with perimeter tabs, ridge line tabs, panel pulls, pole grommets and spring pole guides  this tarp may be configured to conform to a nearly any configuration required or desired. It’s an ideal shelter for large and wide hammocks […]

Waypoint and Azimuth 2014

January 28, 2014

Waypoint and Azimuth January 2014   It is time to review how the year went and plot the course of progress for the next year.  As we stand here in the middle of the shop, surrounded by hundreds of quilts, tarps, hammocks and other stock items we are in our tenth year.  We just registered […]

Review Highlight

November 14, 2013

Recently we received a review comment on the Complete Bear Mountain Bridge Hammock Deluxe  Set including tarp, all lines and pegs along with both Mt Washington  under quilt and Sierra Sniveller top quilt…Although it is included in the appropriate review page, since it is the testimony of the results of five months of continuous use […]

Hunting season safety

October 7, 2013

Fall also brings a variety of hunting seasons in almost every location.  It is always best to “Know before you go”.  So check you state and county game regulations before heading out. A good safeguard is to insure adequate visibilitry and identity.  Break out your blaze orange gear and use it. Hats, jackets or vests […]

Tech Talk: Testing Treated Down

September 26, 2013

Backpacker Magazine, September 2013, p 55 reports. “International Down and Feather Testing Laboratories, the world’s largest independant down-testing facility, confirmed that in controlled testing (In the Hydrophobic Shake Test, water and down are combined in a jar and agitated until the feathers start absorbing water.) of feathers alone, treated down resists moisture up to 60 […]

Coupon glitch

September 24, 2013

We have experianced some form of a programming glitch on our web site software that is cancelling the coupons which were announced in the Fall Newsletter…We have referred it  to the designers.. In the meantime, we will honor the coupon value by phone… 800 595 0413… Regret any inconvenience.

active-dri down update

June 5, 2013

The short outage of activ-dri down has ended.  Last weeks backorders should all be shipped by the close of the week. Current orders will experiance a two day delay, but by 12 or 3 June all should be shipping same or next business day… We appreciate everyone’s patience this past week or so.

Activ-dri down

May 22, 2013

We are now past the first two months of offering active-dri down in 800 fill power.  It is pleasing to report; that, you also see the value of this improvement in the hydrophobic quality of down. In fact, well over half of the recent orders are for active-dri down.

900 fill power

May 22, 2013

Well we have come to the end of 900 fill power down again.  The global shortage persists.  The pricing is in a bubble state. The value is not what we consider approriate for our customers, thus JRB is again discontinuing it.  We do not anticipate re-offering 900 fill power until 2014, if then.  

Trail Days Sale

May 1, 2013

Well… It is that time  of year when everyone strarts hitting the trail… The AT community will gather at Damascus Virginia the weekend of 17,18 and 19 May 2013… This will be our TENTH Trail Days in space numbers one and two… If you are in for the week end please stop by and say […]

900 Fill Power

April 25, 2013

900 fill power down is back in stock.  You will find that option under all quilt pages and quilt sets. As a side note, 900 fill power  is not yet available in activ-dri down.  We will post a notice when it becomes available, which may be a while, given the ongoing shortage of 900 fp.

New Sierra Snivellers

March 6, 2013

The new design, i.e. 14 baffle, Sierra Sniveller regulars are now n stock in forest green.

Best Value Approach

February 20, 2013

Well the first day of reckoning has arrived… 900 fill power down is no longer available from the largest down importer in the USA.  From alternative sources the cost of 900 fill power down is nearly double the recent cost of 800 fill power down… Arguably the value of extreme fill power down’s minor weight […]

900 fp Down shortages

February 14, 2013

At this time, 900 fill power White Goose Down is posing inventory issues.  Our source, the major U.S. importer, continues to receive down from the supply chain that does not test to this top quality level that we have enjoyed. The issue with the high fill power material is a complicated matter, and one that […]

Way Point and Azimuth 2013

January 15, 2013

  We are over the Fiscal Cliff…And Rebounding. What is next for the economy is anybody’s guess. The Jacks have spent the Holiday season, like always with family, and stealing a few hours to ship the post-Christmas orders. This period is, more importantly, used to close the books on the old year and set the […]

Summer Tips Recalled

August 21, 2012

Summer lingers on here in eastern Virginia.  We just returned from a float fishing trip on the upper James River, in the mountainous western part of the state, testing gear and demonstrating the value of hammocks on rocky river island camps.  Sandy beaches are rare in eastern rock carved river areas and hammocks really shine.  […]

Way Point mid year 2012

July 17, 2012

Keeping up seems to get a little harder each year.  Having a blog is a great reason to write this annual update to our Way Point History Series. Way Point As JRB enters into its ninth year, the upward growth trend lines continue in all areas. Business is good.  Once again, it is estimated that […]

Way Point and Azimuth to 2009

March 1, 2012

Way Point  2008, our fifth year of operation, what a great year! We began the year with a small but growing national advertising campaign including Banner ads on Both Hammock Forums and White Blaze and quarterly ads in “Backpacker Magazine”. We entered the wholesale market in addition to our internet retail base.  JRB exhibited at […]

Way Point Mid Year 2008

March 1, 2012

2008 has been a great year to date… Eight new significant JRB items debuted this year with full production run availability.  They include: The long awaited Bear Mountain Bridge Hammock, the world’s only true lay flat hammock.  The initial production run of the BMBH sold out three months earlier than forecast.   An expeditious second production […]

Way Point and Azimuth to 2008

March 1, 2012

As we close out our fourth year of operation Jacks ‘R’ Better, LLC has continued its phenomenal growth.  Our planned introduction of three new quilt models in 2007 resulted in on-time debuts of the Springer and Katahdin quilts to complete full four season options in the JRB Family of Large Quilts.  In the Standard family […]

2007 Production Models Now Shipping

February 3, 2012

Jacks ‘R’ Better, LLC is pleased to announce that 2007 brings a new model, the Mt Rogers.  This big quilt addition to The JRB Line debuted on our web site in mid-October. JRB intends to introduce three more new quilts this year. March will see the introduction of the Springer quilt.  It will be similar […]