Thursday, July 14, 2011


SUL - the consensus describes this method of backpack travel as "super ultralight" and falls into the weight category of 5 lbs of gear or less. That's right! 5 POUNDS. Frankly, it takes perfect weather and severe gear "discipline" to get outdoors safely with a backpack this light. Most of us hangers would only be able to reach this pinnacle by shaving off mere ounces by choosing minimalist gear and taking measures to go camping without usual items like a stove, by leaving the tarp and raingear behind, perhaps even all luxuries must stay home. In an odd twist, this type of hike and gear selection takes just as much preparation as something like a 4 day trip into the Wind Rivers. Less gear, one would think, takes less preparation/concentration/motivation. Not so, if you are asking. I think a pack this light takes skill, dedication, and motivation that exceeds the usual traditional pack and also the lightweight/ultralight pack. To get weights down to 15 lbs is not a difficult task, there is gear out now even in the mainstream that can do this for you, at little cost, to boot.
Getting down to 10 lbs or less requires sincere observation of gear choices. You must take a leap to define what is essential and what is not.
SUL, on the other hand, is basically bringing only what you need to Survive! No coffee press here, no GPS and no Thermarest Chairs. The rewards of hiking with such a light pack is in and of itself, the biggest luxury. Im about to take off for an overnighter with a pack weight that barely tips 4 1/2 pounds. For a hammock hanger, I do admit this is a bigger challenge.. as many can sleep on the ground with a thin pad, the hanger adds weight to his kit with all the neccessary items demanded by this style of camping. that being said, here is a short intro to my big 4 gear list.. and anything of consequence that one might be interested in:

pack - 10.3 oz MLD Burn (by SUL standards, 10oz is hefty)
hammock - WB traveler, whoopies and toggles, 9.1oz
tarp - Zpacks cuben 11x9, stakes and tensioners, 8.9oz
quilts - my own breeze @10.3 and my tq at 13.6oz, respectively

by making everything usable for at least one task, (nothing here is unused) and several of my items are dual duty or even triple duty (such as cuben tarp becomes rain poncho if needed) you can get away with very limited gear and very light weights. Food will be all self-prepared, no stove, and high calorie. A little scotch will be along in case i need it ;)

Saturday, May 14, 2011


its coming across the west.. temps in Phoenix are nearly 100, and it's not even June yet!
time to get ready for the Breeze, my "comfortable at 40" degree underquilt. I'll post pics of my next hang, in a wirey and interesting 10 mile stretch of canyon known as HellsGate - see you mid-June. te-wa

Friday, September 17, 2010


someone had asked if i had a webstore, and i realized it had not been announced here..
so, here you are!

order direct or just ask questions. stay warm, te-wa

Sunday, June 6, 2010

summer version

I was fiddlin' around with some stuff and came up with a summer weight UQ that has 4 oz of down and weighs only 10 oz total. seems to be good to the high 40's or lower...
im pretty proud of it.

Friday, March 19, 2010


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Monday, February 8, 2010

new design, better loft!

Greetings fellow hangers and hammock aficionados!
te-wa brings good news and cheer for all those looking for a great underquilt with the best design and lowest weight for the warmth.. well, look no further because I have come up with a new way to make your hammock camping even better!

I just completed my first underquilt made with diagonal baffles. This means that as you lay diagonally in your hammock, the baffles will follow the direction of your body for the greatest amount of possible loft. As you know, flat horizontal baffles which inhibit fullest loft are a no-no and vertical baffles that run along the length of your hammock are better, these diagonal baffles are the best yet. Another first - like my end-channel bungee cords - for the demanding hanger in you.

Keep in mind, that as of this writing, I am the first and only quilt maker to bring you a "diagonal" baffle pattern.

Also, because some of us out there sleep "left handed" (which means your head is to the right, feet to the left) let me know if you lay this direction so i can make an UQ for your needs. Its basically the same idea, just a mirror image of a righty UQ.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Sunday, November 22, 2009

new record hang!

i had a chance to beat my old record low temp for hanging in a hammock, which was until yesterday a blistery 22 degrees... on sunday morning, we awoke to a new record low, 14.6 degrees in a hammock!

my winter coat underquilt was still rockin and showed no signs of giving up. i could see this winter coat UQ easily doing 5-10 degrees without any cold spots. Good times!

Monday, November 9, 2009

new email

for contacting me please use my new email,

mike (te-wa)

Thursday, October 22, 2009


ive been using a new thread that ive sourced for outdoor applications: this is polyester thread that is super durable, ive tried breaking it with my hands and feel that it is much more than strong enough to last for a very long time!
rot, sunlight, shrink, mildew, and break resistant. Gutterman Polyester heavy duty. (used to make items such as leather furniture)
see photo above ^

Thursday, October 1, 2009

the Winter Coat

same size and same great features of the 3 season model, but with 5 ounces more down and 3.5" baffles overstuffed.
you can expect a solid 3.5-4" loft if hung correctly.
this, i expect, will take a hanger into the tens.
differential 3.5" baffles
12oz of 850+fp hungarian down
heavy duty polyester stitching
I love it!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009


Lets talk about the vertical baffles and the end-channel drawcords! These are two functions of the te-wa Underquilt that are likely the most important feature!

Consider for a brief moment that some underquilts, even commercially available ones, have Horizontal baffles. This means that the baffle will run side-to-side from one shoulder to the other. Whats wrong with that? you may ask... Consider now that each chamber is seperated by a no-see-um mesh baffle that is flat, and then you are trying to force that flat baffle to conform to the shape of the hammock, the user, and with weight applied. Lets look at a 48" wide quilt with 2" mesh baffles on the horizontal... There is no way physically possible to retain all of the loft that the UQ would have while laying flat IF you are trying to force a flat mesh baffle around a curve.. you end up with several problems not the least would be the mesh is going to fold, buckle, cause loss of loft and loss of warmth unless you dont get the Underquilt fully snugged up against you. Im confidently telling you, a horizontal baffle underquilt and a curved hammock/human body is not a good combination.. in fact, i fully understand that its a poor fit!

My vertical baffles on the te-wa quilts resolve this issue with great success. Now you are forcing a quilt to conform to a hammock and the mesh baffles dont have to form a big "U" as they are all running length-wise to your body. Sure, there is still a slight bit of compression because you are not laying fully straight, but more on a slight diagonal... and this is where the te-wa UQ just keeps getting better...

My UQ suspension kit allows the bungee to slide freely inside a clip attached to the hammock end(s). Because the bungee can slide, the quilt is far more likely to move with your body form and this solves two potential problems.. (relatively small problems, but none the less)
1)tying the bungee suspension forces one side of it to stretch more than the other in many cases. Letting it slide allows the bungee to give equal tension on the UQ while allowing it to...
2)stay closer to the user, preventing gaps especially when you move or roll over in the night.
3)the sliding bungee also lets the UQ follow the lay of your body which results in the only quilt that hangs on the diagonal! Less down compression, less chance of cold spots, less chance that one shoulder will be cold and the opposite thigh will be cold, the quilt will slightly shift with your body and this is a result of the clip/slider suspension system.
As of this writing nobody else is doing this method, and if you see it on other commercial underquilts you can bet that they stole my idea..!

The combination of size, vertical baffles, free sliding suspension, and differential baffles means that you are getting the warmest and lightest UQ that is capable of working on most any hammock.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

the te-wa shows off a new UQ!

Thursday, August 13, 2009


my quilt uses calendared 1.1 ripstop nylon with a DWR applied. The insulation is Hungarian 850+ fill power goose down. This means that one ounce of down will expand or "loft" to over 850 cubic inches of airspace. The baffles are made of No-see-um mesh, and the thread is Gutterman polyester for strengh and long life in outdoor situations. All materials are first quality.

Monday, July 6, 2009

hanging instructions

how to hang the te-wa underquilt: attach the clips on the hammock ends, and snug up the drawcords. it becomes second nature very quickly. in this case, Less Is More and the UQ is simply a no-fuss item that is easy to use.
the color pattern is black outside with silver inside, but this one i reversed just for fun. you'll never know such sleeping comfort in the backcountry as a hammock and underquilt. this is where its at, backpackers, this is the future!

quilt measures 40wide by 52long and has 7 ounces of Hungarian 850 fill power goose down. pic shows the te-wa UQ on a warbonnet blackbird hammock.
13oz goose down underquilt good to 25°, fits any end-gathered hammock complete with hanging kit and stuff sack. This UQ fits from head to knee, and you'll use a ccf pad for your lower legs (which require much less insulation). if you have comments or praises.