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.
Features and Specifications
- Shell fabric: 1.1 oz/yd2 (37 g/m2) ripstop nylon with DWR
- Down: 10.5 oz (298 g), 800+ fp
- Baffles: continuous, 1 in (2.5 cm) high, 7.5 in (19 cm) apart
- Measured dimensions: 86 x 63 x 2.0* in (218 x 160 x 5.2 cm)
- *BPL measured loft: 2.0 in (5.2 cm)
- Included: Silnylon compression sack (BPL measured weight – 1.2 oz/34 g) and zippered plastic storage bag
- BPL measured weight: 1 lb 7.6 oz (669 g)
- MSRP: $299.95
*Note: Loft measured at the peak between baffles across the width and length of the quilt at 12 spots and averaged.