Tips for Setting up Your New Elemental Underquilt

Set up and dial in your new underquilt before your next camping trip.

The easiest way to adjust the underquilt is with someone in your hammock while you make adjustments.

I find it best to run the underquilt suspension up over the hammock suspension as opposed to hanging it from underneath.


This angles the underquilt suspension up as much as possible, so that the ends of the quilt are nicely held up against your legs and shoulders.

Tighten the main lines with the cord locks at the carabiners. The object is to get the quilt tight enough so that it just touches the bottom of the hammock, but isn't compressed. If hanging the quilt from underneath the hammock ends works for you, then go for it.

Once the quilt is suspended, slide the prusiks on the shock cord to adjust it to where each of the four corners needs to be. Take your time.


You may want to adjust it slightly asymmetrically, so that the corner nearest your head is somewhat closer to the head end of the hammock, and the corner nearest your feet is closer to the foot end of the hammock - a parallelogram.

Once you get it fairly situated, the prusiks will hold the quilt in place on the shock cord in order to eliminate the 'accordion' effect. This is the purpose of these prusiks - only to hold the quilt in place on the main suspension - not to add tension to the body of the quilt.

See this vid to explain the prusiks better:

The end channels (head and foot channels) should be cinched up just barely enough to get the quilt up against the hammock - too much tension on these will cause bunching and air gaps.

That's pretty much all there is to it.

The cord locks on the main suspension can be replaced with overhand knots if you wish.


If you find that the quilt suspension still needs to be angled up more, there are a couple different methods you can use, based on whether or not you have a bugnet.

If there's not an attached bugnet, you can use prusiks attached to your ridgeline - simply run the quilt suspension through the loops.

If you do have an attached bugnet, a long 'dogbone' works well. A dogbone is simply a length of cord with a loop tied on each end. If you use this method you'll want to experiment with the length and adjust accordingly. Start with a dogbone a foot or two shorter than your ridge line. Put the underquilt suspension through the loops on the dogbone as in the photo.

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