|Footbox is outlined by black grossgrain at right side of photo; |
Note: Tie-out is white shock cord
Back Sleeping - I did notice that my knees tend to hyperextend a bit, but that is to be expected in a gathered end hammock. I also noticed that there was pressure on the outside of my left calf, just below the knee. This comes from the taught area between the foot end and the area where the foot box begins. With a slight adjustment in my diagonal lay, I could bring both legs inside that tension ridge. This is the legendary "sweet spot" that many hammock campers talk about. Believe me, when you hit it, you know it.
Side Sleeping - I could sleep on my side, especially in the fetal position. When in the fetal position, on my side, I was completely flat. I mean, flat like in a bed. The little pillow was very comfortable to use while on my side.
February 26, 2011 – I slept fully inside the sleeping bag all night. On Saturday night I added a 20" blue ccf pad inside the folded poncho liner. This made a dramatic difference in warmth. It was actually too hot with my sleeping bag zipped up. I had to open the bag and let it vent. Needless to say, I was warm and toasty and fell asleep very quickly. With so much fabric between me and the ccf I had no condensation or sweat at all. I also had no creases/folds occur in the ccf the whole night. It was a very comfortable lay. As is often stated, a standard 20" ccf pad is really too small for proper use in a hammock. It doesn’t give the complete wrap around coverage that one wants for the shoulders and torso. When I got up in the middle of the night for a little relief (hey, I’m a 53 yr old coot and my prostate tells me that every night!) the pad slipped a bit. When I got back in I noticed some chill under my left shoulder. I got out through the zippered side and with about 2 seconds of adjustment, I was back on a warm, toasty hammock. Side sleeping was even better with the slight bit of added rigidity from the ccf.
|Blue CCF pad wrapped in pocho liner and inserted between the layers of the hammock|
|Zipper is shown here.|
|My son lying in the hammock. Tieouts spread the hammock. |
Ridge line keeps bug net up off your face.
Q from a Reader: What’s the difference between 1.1 and 1.7 warbonnet blackbird
The difference is the weight/thickness of the material which comprises the hammock body. A 1.7 fabric is significantly heavier per square yard than a 1.1 (about 65% heavier). The experience is also different. A 1.1 stretches more than a 1.7 and I find it seems a bit more airy than the 1.7. On the other hand, the 1.7 does seem to give me a slightly flatter lay and it also seems the footbox in the 1.7 is more roomy, especially the depth of it. I don't know why that would be so, but it does feel that way to me.