Kammok Bobcat Trail Quilt Review: Blanket Convertible for Camping to Hammock
A minimalist sleeping bag, blanket, top quilt and undershirt in one comfy package, Kammok’s new Bobcat Trail quilt delivers a soft, feathery punch!
With more than $ 210,000 (and more) collected on its Kickstarter, Kammok’s Bobcat Trail quilt generated a lot of hype. So I felt lucky to receive one of the few production samples available for review.
Editor’s Note: I have reviewed a gray quilt, but this color is not available on Kickstarter. Ember Orange, Pine Green and Midnight Blue are the options currently available. All other aspects were the same.
The Bobcat claims to be a very versatile piece of equipment that operates in four âmodesâ. It may look like a simple blanket, but the Bobcat works for both tent and hammock sleepers. And it also works well outside of a campsite.
It’s available on Kickstarter until Friday October 26 for $ 139 (30% off). For that first look, I put it to the test for a few weeks by camping in a hammock and going on daily adventures.
In short: Typically, utility equipment either doesn’t do one thing very well or solve real problems. This is not the case with this outdoor quilt. In my test, I was impressed with its usefulness both as an undershirt and as a quilt cover while hanging in the hammock. And its at-a-glance sleeping bag mode makes it a more versatile option in the tent than other camping blankets.
First off, the Bobcat is plush! Kammok used awesome materials for this quilt. The Atmos fabric and water-repellent down (DownTek) are of high quality and have a perfect fit. It looks a lot like an expensive down sleeping bag.
I liked the size of the comforter. At 7 x 4.5 feet (84 x 54 inches) it had good coverage in all of my tests. It fits in an 11.75 x 6.5 inch storage bag and compresses to approximately 7 x 6.5 inches. It fits easily in a camping backpack, carry-on or picnic tote. While this 19-ounce quilt isn’t the lightest, it’s still on the ultralight market. And the Bobcat carries a 45 degree rating.
The Bobcat can be used as a regular blanket in a tent, at the campfire or at home. It feels great and the diamond pattern is stylish. I mostly used it to relax at the park and eat outside on cool fall days in Minnesota. It can also serve as a blanket for any single or double bed.
There are 10 small snaps along the perimeter of the blanket that allow you to connect it to other Bobcats or Kammok Trail Quilts. This creates a mega blanket that allows you to get comfortable with your friends or family.
Fashionable minimalist sleeping bag
Pull the drawstring at each end of the quilt to create a foot box and mini pull collar. The metamorphosis is simple. Kammok has made a great video that explains how it works for the brand’s Firebelly Trail Quilt (predecessor to the Bobcat) below. The process is the same for the Bobcat.
Note that a duvet, by definition, does not have a cozy little nest for the head like a mummy sleeping bag. Camping quilts are said to be lighter versions of a traditional mummy. Nixing extra material around your head is one way to reduce weight. Be sure to bring a hat, Buff, or the like if you’re worried about staying warm on colder nights. And you can always use a fleece or a soft toy as a pillow.
Being a hammock camper, I only briefly tested the Bobcat in this mode. Footrest, snaps, padded straps and anti-splash mini collar are all combined for a comfortable rest. I tend to get cold, so I wouldn’t recommend relying on the Bobcat in temperatures well below 45 degrees F. But on balmy to moderate fall evenings, this seems like a strong, light option if you have to. sleep on the floor.
Fashion quilt top hammock
The top quilt is similar to the minimalist sleeping bag but is designed for use in hammock camping. Use it with a sleeping pad or without. I chose to skip the sleeping pad and use a comforter instead.
The footrest is roomy, and you can wrap the comforter around you to help isolate cold spots around your shoulders. The heat was noticeable and appreciated when I was lounging in my hammock.
As stated, I am a notoriously cold sleeper so expected to be cold when tested at 45 degrees. And after several hours outside, I was. I grabbed a puff and stuck it with me, and it did the trick. This is pretty common for me, and I usually pick a bag that is at least 10 degrees warmer than the coldest temperature for each night. Of course, your mileage may vary.
I’m 5’4 “so I had excellent coverage from head to toe and all around my shoulders and hips. But I was curious to see if this would work for larger hammock campers. I called. tallest person I know – he’s 6’10 “(yes, 6’10”) – and I gave him a try. He said that with its 7ft length, the Bobcat fitted perfectly and performed like a quilt top with a bit of room to spare.
Fashion hammock duvet cover
If you take one thing from this review, it should be the Bobcat’s usefulness as a comforter. This is really where it stands out from other outdoor rugs.
And setting it up as a comforter is simple. Simply attach the drawstring to the carabiners or hammock hanger and thread the snaps through the equipment loops on your hammock. Presto, you are ready to go to bed!
For those unfamiliar with the comforter, this is a hammock-specific piece of equipment that rolls up under the hammock. It usually combines with a regular quilt or sleeping bag – this full blanket keeps you toasty warm when you’re hanging out all night.
As a 7 foot comforter, the Bobcat stretches most of the length of a hammock and is long enough to cover the cold spots of all but the largest hammock campers.
I tested it with the Kammok ROO single, ROO double and a few ENO hammocks. He was compatible with everyone.
Plus, it comes with an under comforter conversion kit that includes extensions and clips for longer hammocks. It is very easy to use.
Of course, even though the comforter works great, you still need something else to keep you warm. For this I recommend a sleeping bag, quilt, blanket or just another Bobcat.
Bonus Mode: Halloween Costume
Kammok hadn’t realized that they had helped create the superhero Hammock Man. I’ll wear this thing as a cloak to stay warm (and “hero”) while I run to collect candy with the candy.
Kammok Bobcat Trail Quilt
Outdoor blankets are “so hot right now,” and I’m not surprised Kammok hit their fundraising goal in just five hours. All in all, the Bobcat offers a lot of options and features for the price you pay.
You could pay $ 199 for a similarly sized down blanket and not get the extra camping features you find on the Bobcat. Likewise, you can buy a superior quilt for $ 150-350 and be stuck with only a superior quilt, thus losing the multi-functionality that comes with the Bobcat. At $ 139 with four “modes,” it’s hard to beat.