UGQ Zeppelin 20°F

rated 5.0 of 5 stars (1)
photo: UGQ Zeppelin 20°F under quilt

Reviews

The 66 inch "7/8 length" 20-degree under quilt is a weight and space savings option for the not-too-tall hammock camper.
At 5'8" I find that I get almost full length coverage.

Pros

  • Quality construction
  • Made in U.S.A.
  • Cozy warm
  • Easy connection to the hammock suspension

Cons

  • A little expensive

http://www.undergroundquilts.com/uq/default.html


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Suffice to say, I'm a big fan of Underground Quilts Outdoor Equipment!

Over the past 4 or 5 years I've bought five tarps, three under quilts, and one top quilt from them. That's enough to have a good grasp of the company and the people behind it, their product lines, their quality of products, and their customer service. They have earned, and deserve my support, though I have no connection to them other than as a satisfied customer.

While there are other cottage industry manufacturers who make under quilts in full length, long, and 3/4 length, to my knowledge UGQ is the only company offering a 7/8 length.

The 66-inch length provides almost total coverage for me. In theory, my 5'8" height should have two inches exposed. But since my head is on a pillow anyway, I don't find that I miss having the quilt come totally up under the top of my head. From my neck to the soles of my feet are nestled in downy goodness. 

I do have a 3/4 length 20-degree under quilt and a 20-degree top quilt from a different cottage industry maker.  The 3/4 under quilt covers from my shoulders to my knees. In cool weather it can be necessary to supplement a bit of insulation under my feet with a down jacket or similar. I pretty much relegate that quilt to summer use only.

I don't really wish to name or trash talk the other maker. Many people seem to like their product. But I think they are chasing the ultra-light craze down the rabbit hole. Lighter material, lighter construction, narrower cuts, have led to a snap tearing out of the foot box on their top quilt. The UGQ quilts may weigh an ounce or two more but the quality of construction is an order of magnitude more durable for the long haul.

I also have a 0 degree UGQ under quilt. It is full length, 77 inches. If I'm expecting temps cold enough for a 0 degree rating then I do want full head-to-toe coverage.

I ordered the 7/8 length 20 degree quilt with over stuffing and 850 goose down. I also opted for the "quilt hook mod" which is compatible with the Thunderbird by Dream Hammocks.  (See my previous review of that hammock.)

The quilt hook mod attaches the quilt securely to the hammock to avoid what is known as "cold shoulder syndrome" where the quilt can slip off the shoulder. No matter how I may toss and turn, shift around, alter my lay...the quilt stays snugly wrapped under my body.

The suspension on the quilt is straightforward. One set of bungee cords run the length of the quilt and attach to the hammock suspension. The quilt may be adjusted by sliding along this axis and thus positioned exactly where you want it. A secondary set of shock cords adjust tension, pulling the downy loft snugly up under. Both ends of the quilt have draft collars which can either seal out the cold air or allow venting depending on tension of the secondary bungees.

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There is an upcharge for the MultiCAM fabric but I wanted it to match my MC hammock and tarp. Crye Precision owns the copyrights to the camo pattern and they are proud of their stuff. They charge more than the usual for licensing their products.

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $255 base price. I added a few options.

Andy Gotto

Good review, would like to try one of these!


4 years ago
Alicia MacLeay TRAILSPACE STAFF

Nice review, Cadenza! Thanks for sharing another less-well-known piece of gear.


4 years ago
DonP

Nice review Cadenza! I own 7 quilts from UGQ. 4 Top Quilts and 3 under quilts. Love them all. One of my TQs is a custom design and build I reviewed here: https://www.trailspace.com/gear/underground-quilts/flight-jacket-30/#review32831. I haven't tried anyone else's quilts and frankly don't intend to. Paul and Missy are great to work with, and are also great people as well.


4 years ago
Alicia MacLeay TRAILSPACE STAFF

That's a lot of quilts, Don!


4 years ago
Cadenza

It initially sounds like a lot,.....until.....you start talking about being prepared for different seasons and temp ranges, then talk about having two hammocks and outfitting a spouse or friend in those varied conditions. All of a sudden it's not so unreasonable.


4 years ago
DonP

Alicia...Cadenza's right. Although I technically "own" quilts, 2 TQs and 1 UQ were given to my girlfriend for use with her hammock. Like Cadenza, I've got a 50*, and 30* TQ for different seasons, and a 40* and 20* UQ to mix and match witht the TQs. If anything, hammocks is where I have a excess of gear. At last count my hammock cache is at 12 or so. :-)


4 years ago
Alicia MacLeay TRAILSPACE STAFF

You're absolutely right, Don! It would be the same if we said sleeping bags and pads. Your quilt collection is a ringing endorsement for UGQ.


4 years ago

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