From the Arrowhead Equipment site.
We will swap out our normal 6 oz climashield for 11.5oz boosting the loft and warmth retaining ability. Step from our normal mid 30's rating to close to 0. Deep Winter upgraded quilts have just over 4" of loft!
Hey LD. Looks like you had fun trying out the new gear. Thanks for the pics, especially the packed size & comparison to the WBBB.
It's been super windy here the last few days & today it snowed a ton. So I finally just set up the WBBB in the house, hung from some door jams. I didn't get in it, just wanted to see how it looked. I did slide my thermarest into the pocket to see how it fit. I can already tell I'm not going to be comfy with that. So..... full length UQ here we come. Just have to decide if it will be synthetic (New River) or down (Incubator). Seeing how big the New River is helps with that decision. I'm leaning towards a 3 Season Incubator, and what the heck, maybe a 3 Season Burrow as well. Weight isn't an issue for me, but packability is. And I'll admit, I'm a sucker for down fluffiness.
Have fun with your new toy..... the Digi Camo looks great.
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I slept in the whole rig last night in temps around 40 F with a bunch of dew. The Byer stand I used is a compromise for a back yard with no hangin' trees. It was not perfect but still worlds better than any camp cot or ground pad I have ever slept on. I am convinced that with two appropriate trees I could adjust the WBBB better than my sleep number bed. The tarp was too low, the KAQ NR DWQ UQ was not adjusted as well as it should have been, and the WBBB did not have enough sag. All because of the compromise Byer forces and to get out (I did once) for fine tuning meant getting wet from the low tarp and dew.
That said it was a good sleep for the conditions and warm enough (though not as good as I want to make it). I did notice the lower leg hammock ridge feel but not too bad (I had two pillows from the house to adjust comfort). I am not disapointed with the WBBB. The KAQ NR UQ (with added insulation) is a work in progress and I am basically beta testing it for Paul (he does not know I have assigned myself to his team yet). I am also not disapointed with the KAQ UQ. YMMV
Down sides? It is HUGE in its stuff sack and I do need to work on adjusting it to the WBBB. That may mean some added shock cord and/or rerouting of the current system. My take is that a lighter NR might possibly snug against the hammock better with Paul's stock attachments. I aim to tinker because that is what us hangmen do!:wink:
Last edited by Law Dawg (ret); 11-22-2010 at 10:13.
Nice big uq LD, and Paul!
I will add that it is not recomended to over compress your synthetic, I think Paul will confer. You will do permanent damage if they are smashed too much.
Ambulo tua ambulo.
I am also thinking a "stuff sack" made longer and smaller in diameter (more like a tube) might make this ungainly beast conform more with less compression. Plus even though it is only a hope at this time (more of a pipe dream), Judy and I have been discussing ubber lightweight backpacking for overnighter trips. The longer tube type sack could be arranged in more ways with a pack. It is important enough to me that Judy be warm and comfy that I will carry more so she can be just that.
Synthetic UQ thought; It was almost drizzle wet last night and I will go out to check my equipment for wetness in a bit. Down may not have faired as well as the KAQ...maybe. The Kelty "rained" on me throughout the night...glad I kept the Skeeter net up. Moot point anyway as synthetic is what I am playing with right now.
Last edited by Law Dawg (ret); 11-23-2010 at 10:59.