What’s the ship time?

We try to maintain a full inventory all the time. Occasionally we will be out of stock of an item or two; but normally it’s only for a few days. Having a full inventory enables us to ship either the day of or the first working day following receipt of an order. We ship everything via USPS Priority Mail which typically delivers 2-3 days after shipment anywhere in the United States. Overseas shipments normally take 7-10 days. That means, in the United States, if you order on a Monday, your order will normally ship on Tuesday and you should receive your order on Thursday or Friday. Our shop is only open Monday though Thursday. So if you wait until Thursday afternoon or later during the weekend your order will not ship until Monday and you can expect delivery Wednesday or Thursday.

Why Hammocks?

The Mayans of Mexico and Central America slept in hammocks hundreds of years ago and hammocks are still used in many Central and South American cultures. European sailors recognized their comfort and adopted hammocks for use on wooden sailing ships. It was a significant improvement over sleeping on the wooden deck. Today, among the backpacking community, a camping style gaining in popularity is hammock camping as an alternative to traditional tent camping.

Hammock camping has less impact on the environment, offers increased comfort, and provides tremendous flexibility in site selection. A hammock gets the camper off the hard, cold ground and hammock campers report experiencing a much more restful sleep. One can hang a hammock virtually anywhere, vastly increasing site options beyond the often over used, popular, established, level camp sites. All one needs is two properly space anchor points, be they trees, poles, rocks, whatever. Not a problem in most places. And while there are places such as the Western United States desert and in the mountains above the tree line where the lack of trees can be a problem, many of today’s camping hammocks can also be pitched as ground shelters. The hammock also provides a comfortable camp chair during the evenings and mornings. Changing shoes and getting dressed or undressed are considerably easier. And you can cook in front of your hammock and sit comfortably while eating. For those annoyed by insects, most camping hammocks on the market today include an integral bug net.

What’s the difference between a Gathered End Hammock and a Bridge Style Hammock?

Traditional hammocks are “Gathered End” hammocks. They are essentially a rectangular piece of material, gathered on the ends, and suspended from the ends between two trees. They create the banana shape that everyone is familiar with.

Gathered end hammocks are especially comfortable for back sleepers and people who like to sleep in a recliner position. You can lie slightly on the diagonal and get close to laying level. But when laying on your back the material of the hammock presses on your right knee and on your left shoulder sort of torqueing your body. Some people find them comfortable sleeping in a fetal position. Additionally, the nature of the suspension can cause there to be a raised ridge of material that runs down the centerline of the hammock that for some people can make it difficult to find a comfortable position for your legs.

Bridge style hammocks are patterned after suspension bridges. The trees function as the piers or towers of the bridge. The suspension system is sewn into the lateral edges of the hammock in a catenary or parabolic curve similar to the primary suspension cables on a bridge.

The material on the sides of the hammock serve as the vertical cables of the bridge supporting the roadway or in the case of the hammock the hammock bed; thus creating a perfectly level sleeping platform just like the level road bed on the bridge. A spreader bar of some sort is used on each end to hold the hammock sides out so as not to cocoon the sleeper. Bridge hammocks are typically narrow and tend to favor sleepers who lay stretched out. They are particularly comfortable for back sleepers and work well for side sleepers. Stockier and broad shouldered people may find bridge hammocks too confining.

Why Quilts?

As an alternative to a sleeping bag, a quilt offers equivalent insulation for less weight and volume. Some would even argue quilts are more comfortable than a confining, traditional sleeping/mummy bag. The principle behind the quilt is that the portion of the sleeping bag that is beneath the sleeper’s body is compressed and is providing limited to no insulation value. In fact, what insulates the sleeper’s body from the ground is their pad. Quilts eliminate about 1/3 of the shell material, 1/3 of the insulation material, the zipper, and in some cases the hood of a sleeping bag. The result is a significant reduction in weight and packed volume.

Why Quilts & Hammocks?

Quilts and hammocks are particularly compatible. The most significant issue when using a hammock is bottom insulation. In fact, if the temperature drops below about 70º F it is cold enough to disturb your sleep. Just like bridges that freeze before roads, hammocks suffer from being suspended in the air. Using sleeping bags for insulation in hammocks poses two primary problems. First, they can be difficult to wriggle into and out of; and second, they get compressed between the sleeper’s body and the hammock limiting the bottom insulation value just like a sleeping bag on the ground. A top quilt in the hammock is simple to use and provides excellent insulation. It takes less of the limited internal space than a traditional sleeping bag and is easily tossed over the feet and body eliminating the awkward issue of squirming into a traditional sleeping bag in a confined and suspended space. Adequate bottom insulation can be achieved using any number of pads. However, pads are difficult to keep properly positioned beneath the sleeper. They can be uncomfortable, and in some cases cause perspiration leading to chills from the accumulated moisture of a pad wrapped body. Alternatively, a quilt suspended below the hammock can fully loft and is the optimum solution for bottom insulation in terms of warmth, comfort, breathability, ease of use, and packability.

Why Down?

There are many alternatives for insulation materials used in quilts. They run the gamut from the various synthetic insulations to high fill power down. Each has its own merits and shortcomings. The major drawback attributed to down has always been its susceptibility to moisture and its lack of insulating capability when wet. Recently, all of the major down suppliers have developed a hydrophobic down treatment that keeps the down drier, while having no adverse effects on loft, fill power, or warmth retention. Third party testing has consistently shown that hydrophobic down stays dry longer than untreated down and dries faster than untreated down. While the moisture can still be a problem if appropriate precautions are not taken, it is not exclusive to down. If your quilt is wet it doesn’t matter whether it has synthetic insulation or down, a wet quilt is going to insulate less, and you will have a miserable night! The moisture issue relative to down is often overstated. After all, how many times have you soaked your quilt in the woods. So, whether using synthetic or down, the best approach is to take the appropriate precautions to keep your quilt dry. An adequate tarp, a waterproof storage bag, and a healthy helping of common sense will prevent wet quilt issues.

Do you use down that meets the Responsible Down Standard?

Yes. All of our down is supplied by a company that is RDS Certified.

Will a JRB quilt fit my hammock?

The original “Nest” was specifically designed for the Hennessy Ultralite Backpacker A-sym. However, the design of the suspension system and the Velcro closure on the slit allows it to fit all asymmetric models of the HH and virtually all other hammocks. Subsequent quilt models are the same size and use the same JRB suspension system so they work on all hammocks.

The Nest on a Hennessy Ultra-light Backpacker A-Sym The Nest on a Hennessy Lite Racer A-Sym The No Sniveller on a Clark Jungle Hammock
The Nest on a Hennessy Ultra Light Backpacker Asym The Nest on a Hennessy Lite Racer A-Sym The No Sniveller on a Clark Jungle Hammock
The Nest on an Eagles Nest The Nest on an Amazona The Nest on an M1965 Military Jungle Hammock
The Nest on an Eagles Nest The Nest on an Amazona The Nest on an M1965 Military Jungle Hammock
The No Sniveller on a Mosquito Hammock The Mt Washington 3 on a Warbonnet Blackbird The Mt Washington 3 on a Warbonnet Blackbird – “Footbox” Coverage
No Sniveller on a Mosquito Hammock The Mt Washington 3 on a Warbonnet Blackbird The Mt Washington 3 on a Warbonnet Blackbird - Footbox Coverage
The No Sniveller on a Tree to Tree Switchback
The No Sniveller on a Tree to Tree Switchback

Does it require any modifications to my hammock?

No. JRB quilts attach to the hammock using two suspension cords that attach to the hammock suspension cords.

What are the temperature ratings for the JRB Quilts?

See our Quilt Comparison Chart We do not have a validated temperature rating from formal testing. Based on the chart below, our three season models are 30° quilts. They are baffled to 2 inches, but between the baffles the down lofts to approximately 2.5 inches. We have used them as under quilts comfortably wearing only skivvies in the mid 40s and into the high 20s and low 30s wearing fleece long johns. We’ve had an evaluation from another customer who was comfortable in the mid 30s. It should be noted that although they are baffled to 2 inches, the down can be shaken to the center of the quilt to achieve 2-3 inches of loft under your body. Similarly, our winter models are 10° quilts.   They are baffled to 3 inches, and between the baffles the down lofts to approximately 3.5 inches.

Comfort Rating (°F)
Loft (inches)

Why side-to-side baffles vice lengthwise  baffles like all the other under quilt manufacturers?

Well, we were the first company to make under quilts commercially available.  In doing our research before making our first ones all the do-it-yourself examples we could find on the internet were side to side baffles.  All the sleeping bags in the stores were the same way.  It didn’t even occur to us to do it differently. That said, we think we got it right.  With the baffles running side to side you can shift the down to the center of the quilt if needed.  And down naturally settles due to gravity.  But in settling it only makes the quilt better.  When laying in a hammock with an under quilt attached the outer 6 or 8 inches of each side are normally above your body doing little to keep you warm.  If the quilt has lengthwise baffles the down stays in the outer baffles and is of little value.  That’s how we rationalize it today anyway.

How should I store my JRB quilt?

One of the keys to long life of down products is proper storage. Quilts should be stored in a cool and dry location. They should not be stored in a compressed manner, such as in a compression or stuff sack. Rather they are ideally stored flat (e.g. under a bed) or hung in an uncompressed mode in a closet. If space is a problem, the plastic storage bag that the quilt is packaged in is breathable and is adequate for storing your quilt.

What’s the stuff size of the quilts?

Using the JRB Stuff Sack/Compression Sack provided with the quilts they will compress to the size indicated in the picture below.

Compression Comparison - web small

How do I attach my quilt to my pad?

We don’t advocate attaching the quilt to the pad. Our recommendation is to sleep on the pad and simply pull the quilt over you. That said, many people ask about attaching their quilt to their pad. There’s no right or wrong way. The best way we have found is to lay the quilt out beside the pad, inside facing up. Run two pieces of cord around the pad and through the loops on the side of the quilt closest to the pad and tie the two ends of the cord together. When you lay down on the pad you can pull the quilt over and slide your feet into the foot box. See the picture below.


Can I use my Jacks ‘R’ Better under quilt with the Hennessy Super Shelter?

We do not recommend using your Jacks ‘R’ Better quilt inside the Hennessy Super Shelter. The Super Shelter is designed to fit the Hennessy hammocks fairly snuggly to minimize air gaps. It will restrict the ability of your quilt to fully loft thereby reducing efficiency. Further, the Hennessy Super Shelter is not breathable and so will have condensation issues resulting in the quilt getting wet and losing efficiency.

Will a JRB Quilt work on a Double Eagles Nest with two people in it?

Yes. At Trail Days 2006 we tried a No Sniveller on a double Eagles Nest with two hikers in the hammock. The No Sniveller provided excellent coverage for both sleepers. A second No Sniveller covered both as a top quilt as well.

Do JRB Quilts come in different colors?

Mt Washington 3

We do not offer a choice in colors. Fabric availability limits our options. Our preferred color is the Dark Olive pictured above but it is not always available. In any case, we endeavor to use subdued colors in order to blend into the forest background.

The Weather Shield bottom doesn’t have a slit in it. Why not and how do I get in and out of my Hennessey Hammock?

The Weather Shield was made without a slit to simplify the design and maximize weather protection. It totally prohibits any form of draft thru the entrance slit. It was also kept as a simple rectangle so that it could be worn over the shoulders as a cape by the light and fast crowd who have pitched their extended length poncho as their tarp. This provides rain protection for a trip to the latrine or to the shelter during inclement weather without disturbing the sheltered hammock.Entry and exit is simple. Walk up to the foot end, grasp the side of the Weather Shield, gently push it down and away from the slit. Walk in, turn around, sit, pull your legs in and the elastic suspension system will automatically return the Weather Shield to its proper position. To exit, put out a foot, catch the edge of the Weather Shield, slide it to the right and exit normally. When the hammock is empty you may have to reposition the Weather Shield manually, since there is no weight in it to activate the self return feature.

Is there any danger of contracting Avian Flu from using down products?

No. Down and feathers are safe. To read about it click here.