I love the idea of sleeping in a hammock. I just love hammocks in general. But in the Pacific Northwest, if you don’t have the right gear (and even sometimes if you do) you can awake in a puddle on the floor of your tent after a night of unrelenting rain.

This Inferno Cocoon Hammock keeps you off the ground. Put up a tarp as a protective cover above you and you’re all set.

The Inferno is a two-piece sleeping bag that consists of a Top quilt and an UnderQuilt that is also the sleeping bag.The Top Quilt goes inside the hammock so you stay warm from the top. The UnderQuilt goes under your hammock, so you stay warn from the bottom.

The sleeping bag’s hood fully encloses the should, head and neck so your head stays warm. A shaped foot area lets you move your feet without feeling like you’re bound up (the one thing I don’t like about sleeping bags!). There’s also space like this around your elbows and knees, which should help with that restrictive feeling.

The Inferno comes in two temperature ratings…30 degrees and 0 degrees (Fahrenheit). Both Inferno components are filled with 800 FP water repellent Downtek.

Made from hydraShield fabric that is water repellent, it should be able to stand up to pretty much any soaker as long as you’ve got a cover over you. With the rain we get in the Pacific Northwest, I wouldn’t trust it!

Remember when we wrote about this Nube Stratos Hammock Shelter? The Inferno is made by the same people….Sierra Madre Research. This article about the Inferno repeatedly says that the Inferno is sized to match and fit “your hammock” perfectly, but it doesn’t specify what type of hammock they’re talking about. I’m guessing they are referring to one of their own hammocks. No idea on how well this system would work if you just had any ol’ generic hammock, but if you’re seriously considering buying one that is a question I would ask, for sure. Otherwise, the whole Nube Hammock Shelter system is an add-on for this hammock sleeping system with an add-on price of 14% off.

Interested? Kickstarter support packages for this project start at $179 for just the UnderQuilt.

Inferno Sleeping Bag Hammock

Images from sierramaderesearch.com

It’s only December, I know. But when I found this Nube Stratos Hammock Shelter by Sierra Madre Research on Kickstarter, my mind immediately went to June. By a lake somewhere, in the mountains. No one else around for miles. Maybe I have a tent and maybe I don’t. With this hammock shelter, I don’t really care.

I love this because it’s a hammock. And sleeping in hammocks has always been fun for me. But it’s also great because it keeps you and your gear elevated and dry. No need for ground tarps. You won’t be sitting on a puddle of water that’s going to try to seep into your tent seams if it rains. The Nube Stratos is set up to cover you in 360 degrees from rain and wind. Insects too. Up 10 100 pounds of extra gear beyond the weight of the user can fit in the Gear Stash section underneath.

One layer made of 15D Nylon Ripstop is called the StratosFly. It protects against the elements. The StratosShield, made of 15D Quad-layered Lockstitch mesh, protects against insects.The Nube Stratos is offered at $308. Lots of cool add-ons make this even more useful. for instance, for $15 you can add on a storage line and pocket. For an additional $105 you can add a floor, to turn the whole system into a ground tent. This will be particularly useful if you’re in a place where there’s no trees, or you can’t find two that are close enough together. Altogether, $500 or so for a really useful, modular, customizeable tent available in three colors seems a pretty reasonable purchase.

Images from Nube Stratos on Kickstarter