At my local Army Surplus store (Prefair) J-S and I were lucky enough to come across the last two Canadian Army down sleeping bags that were in good condition, and for only 50$ each! Add to the shopping cart a 95% French Army wool blanket for 25$, and my kit for winter hammocking and camping majorly improved.
So, back to J-S's house for some DIY work. He took out his sewing machine - Exuse me - "thread injector", and got to work. 3 hours later, I was sporting a beautiful custom Anorak, minus the hood as we ran out of blanket.
Later that day, back at my place, I took the time to wash and dry out the down army bag. The brown water in the bathtub during the wash confirmed this was a wise decision. When everything was dry, I went to work on the foot end of the hammock, to make an opening large enough for my hammock. Very simple work and I managed to do this without losing any down.
With all that gear in hand, I had to go out and test it. The following video is the said test. It was a very warm morning, so not ideal conditions to test a cold weather system, but nonetheless, I headed out to Mont Saint-Hilaire.
The test was very conclusive and I can't wait to try this in colder weather. After getting my butt kicked by some -33C conditions two weeks ago, and having to leave camp at 5am because we were too cold, I told myself that next time I would be warm and cozy.