by Carol Crooker | 2006-05-19 03:00:00-06
The Jacks 'R' Better Biker Quilt is a down blanket that completely surrounds a top loading hammock. The advantage is that insulation beneath the hammock is not compressed by the user. The Biker Quilt is like a slimmed down Speer PeaPod. It's 22 inches shorter, 3.5 inches narrower (based on measured dimenions), and 7 ounces lighter. It won't fit very large users, but was fine for me at 5'10", 165 pounds.
The Biker Quilt is styled like the other Jacks 'R' Better quilts: rectangular shape, 7.5-inch baffle spacing, with drawcords and toggles at each end. The differences are Omni-Tape (like non-scratchy Velcro) along the entire length of both long edges, and the color. The ex-Army Jacks are experimenting with colors other than green! The Biker Quilt is black on one side and a very striking orange color on the other.
I spent a couple of nights in the Biker Quilt in the Arizona high country in early May. I used a Speer 8.0A hammock the first night and The Traveller Hammock the second night. The Biker Quilt was long enough for me to stretch out in and I didn't feel constrained by the width. I slept in hiking clothes and a fleece hat comfortably cool down to the overnight low in the low 40s F. I like the pared down weight of course, and smaller size means less interior volume to heat up.
*Note: Loft measured at the peak between baffles across the width and length of the quilt at 12 spots and averaged.
"Jacks 'R' Better Biker Quilt SPOTLITE REVIEW," by Carol Crooker. BackpackingLight.com (ISSN 1537-0364).
http://backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/jrb_biker_quilt_spotlite_review.html, 2006-05-19 03:00:00-06.