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Hammock Gear Burrow Econ 20 Review

A quilt with good features at an unbeatable price.
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Price:  $160 List
Pros:  Very inexpensive, versatile, good feature set
Cons:  Not as warm as similar quilts, doesn't seal at the bottom very well
Manufacturer:   Hammock Gear
By Ethan Newman  ⋅  Nov 1, 2018
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RANKED
#12 of 14
  • Warmth - 30% 5
  • Weight - 25% 4
  • Comfort - 20% 7
  • Versatility - 15% 8
  • Features - 10% 8

The Skinny

A relative newcomer to the ultralight sleeping bag category, Hammock Gear offers options for both hammock campers and ground sleepers. The Hammock Gear Econ Burrow 20 is budget minded, and we really appreciate that. While it's not a standout performer in most categories, it can get the job done in most conditions and is substantially less expensive than any other option in the review. For a very reasonable price, the Econ Burrow 20 is a well-featured warm-weather quilt worth consideration. Ultralight gear isn't cheap, and if you're getting into this category, this is a high-value introductory piece and our Best Buy on a Tight Budget.

For anyone who is fully committed to keeping the ounces away while still getting a great deal, the Enlightened Equipment Revelation is a top-notch quilt at a modest price. It's also significantly warmer and less weight. It is a leap in price, though. If you can't make the jump, the Hammock Gear Burrow is a fine quilt that won't leave you hanging in most situations.


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Our Analysis and Test Results

Where can I buy this quilt?
Hammock Gear products aren't commonly sold at major online retailers. Head over to their website to order directly from the manufacturer if you're adding this model to your gear closet. Make sure you have ordered ahead of any trip, as the lead time is currently listed at 5 weeks.

Performance Comparison


The Econ Burrow is a versatile  inexpensive quilt with quality features. It's such a good deal it was an obvious choice for the Best Buy on a Tight Budget Award.
The Econ Burrow is a versatile, inexpensive quilt with quality features. It's such a good deal it was an obvious choice for the Best Buy on a Tight Budget Award.

Warmth


Unlike most other bags or quilts in this review, the Econ Burrow uses 800 FP duck down rather than goose down. While this keeps the price low, duck down is not as high quality as goose down when it comes to a warmth-to-weight ratio. It tested towards the bottom of the scale during the frozen water bottle test, but we still found it warm enough for nights just above freezing temps, as long as we layered appropriately.


Hammock Gear does offer up to 4 ounces extra of overstuffing (approximately $8 per extra ounce of stuffing requested), or you can order the Premium Burrow model, which can be stuffed with either 850 or 950 FP goose down. All of this will make a warmer bag, but the cost reflects this. For the price of their premium bags, we are more tempted to go for something like the Revelation 20 instead.

The Burrow can be wrapped around oneself like a blanket  making it feel more like a blanket than a sleeping bag.
The Burrow can be wrapped around oneself like a blanket, making it feel more like a blanket than a sleeping bag.

Weight


At 25.6 ounces with the included stuff sack (0.6 oz itself), this is one of the heavier options we reviewed, and almost 3 ounces heavier than what Hammock Gear lists on their website. Curiously, it is one of the more packable models with the included stuff sack. To make the bag lighter, you could opt for the model with a sewn footbox, but it would make it less versatile.


The warmth-to-weight ratio of this model isn't great, but then again, it's still impressive for the price. The only other quilt that weighed more in our test is the Sierra Designs Backcountry Quilt 700, which trades weight for big-time comfort and still costs a good deal more.

Even though the Econ Burrow weighs over a pound and a half it packs down pretty well.
Even though the Econ Burrow weighs over a pound and a half it packs down pretty well.

Comfort


The Burrow Econ is adequately comfortable, but not a total showstopper. What we do like is the roominess of the quilt, even when fully buttoned up. The foot box was plenty wide, although it doesn't cinch up as tight as the other fully opening quilts, and can get drafty. On colder nights, it sealed well to a pad without feeling like we were strapped to a backboard. We enjoyed using this model as a blanket, too, which adds to its comfort on chilly evenings before we hunkered down for the night.


The quality of the shell material is noticeably different when side-by-side higher-quality (and higher-priced) bags, but we wouldn't say it's uncomfortable. Hammock Gear uses a 20 denier nylon taffeta on their Econ quilts, as opposed to the 10 and 15 denier on the Premium version, which might be nicer. The ground pad attachment system is a little harder to undo in the middle of the night than the Enlightened Equipment system, so it's easier just to crawl out the top (which can be awkward). That said, the Burrow works well as a quilt, either cinched up or fully opened to adjust to the temperature.

The Revelation 20 and the Econ Burrow 20 are very similar in design  including similarly short zippers  drawcord footbox  and buttons to close the upper two thirds. The Econ Burrow is wider than the Revelation  but not as warm.
The Revelation 20 and the Econ Burrow 20 are very similar in design, including similarly short zippers, drawcord footbox, and buttons to close the upper two thirds. The Econ Burrow is wider than the Revelation, but not as warm.

Versatility


We loved the ability to fully open or strap down the Burrow, making it adjust well to a wide range of temperatures. We tested it as a ground quilt, but it also works as a top quilt for hammock camping (which is the area that Hammock Gear specializes in). Being designed for either sleep suspended in the air or on earth scored this bag an extra point here. Hammock Gear does recommend the wider version for ground sleepers, but either works in a pinch.


Fully open works great for summer temperatures, and as the mercury drops, the bag seals more fully around the sleeper and ground pad. We even opened up the bottom and wore it around camp as an extra layer during a cold morning. It's not quite as versatile for a temperature range as a quilt like the Enlightened Equipment Revelation, but it works well as a summer and shoulder-season quilt.

We liked the versatility of the Burrow  and the way it could be closed down and attached to a pad  opened up like a blanket  or worn as a tube of warm down on chilly mornings around camp
We liked the versatility of the Burrow, and the way it could be closed down and attached to a pad, opened up like a blanket, or worn as a tube of warm down on chilly mornings around camp

Features


The Burrow Econ 20 has a short zipper on the foot box, cinch cords on either end, and two buttons to keep everything in place. It also has three grosgrain webbing loops for either hanging from a hammock or hooking the pad attachment system. The cinch on the top has a very long cord, but it tucks away nicely into the bag away from the face. The bottom cinch doesn't close quite as tightly as we'd like but wasn't noticeably drafty, except on the coldest nights.


We love that the Burrow can open all the way or strap down onto a pad for cooler nights. It's not as fully featured and versatile as our Editors' Choice Feathered Friends Flicker 40, but it is on par with the Revelation in these two categories.

The drawcord at the bottom of the bag doesn't cinch up as well as the similarly designed Flicker UL or the Revelation 20.
The drawcord at the bottom of the bag doesn't cinch up as well as the similarly designed Flicker UL or the Revelation 20.

Best Applications


The Burrow Econ 20 is a solid choice for hammock campers or ground dwellers on a tight budget, but still want a quilt full of features that doesn't weight too much. It's best suited for summer camping or light shoulder season duty. If you're curious about getting into ultralight gear, this one is a fantastic choice, as it isn't the serious investment most other models are.

Value


This is absolutely where the Econ Burrow shines. It is over $90 cheaper than every other bag or quilt we tested. It doesn't have quite the warmth to weight ratio, or as nice of material, but it's hard to argue with savings that big. It's still a decently warm quilt that's reasonably light, at about half the price compared to most of the bags in this review. This is why it's our champion for tight budgets.

Conclusion


The Econ Burrow is a great choice if you're looking for an affordable, packable, full-featured quilt for hammock or ground sleeping on the warm side of three-season conditions.

Other Versions and Accessories


Hammock Gear also makes a premium version of the same quilt, with many customizable options, including fabrics, 850 and 950 fill power down, a sewn or zippered foot box, different widths, and overfill, but all of these increase the cost.


Ethan Newman