One thing about using the katadhin as a pod bag, you have to be a little more narrow in the shoulders for it to work. i have pretty wide shoulders and had a hard time getting a PeaPod to seal up to my face. Maybe if I loose a few pounds that would help. Well, I think loosing a few pounds is a good idea anyway. Just my $.02
CPR goes up and down, up and down......because my patient's dead.
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Well, I think tomorrow, if I don't change my mind again by then, I'll order up the Wren with extended zipper. I have the Supershelter underpad for the Hennessy and I'm in the process of covering the pad with silnylon (the pad is a bit frail and susceptible to absorbing moisture as is). If that combo doesn't keep me warm then I'll get the JRB nest.
On the other hand, the only time my underpad has ever become noticeably damp was the one time (in the humid foggy Olympic Mtns) I DID NOT use the space blanket. And that night there was a little condensation down in the undercover and the foot of the underpad was pretty damp. But it quickly dried out.
BillyBob: yes it was condensation that got my undercover pad wet and I've already got a 2" tear in it, but at least its not a full thickness tear. So by covering both sides with silnylon I'm hoping to extend its effective usefulness. The darn thing sure wasn't cheap. By covering the entire pad it will be much more convenient also packing and unpacking. I'm surprised Hennessy doesn't cover them from the factory.
It is probably just a weight issue- as to why Hennessy doesn't cover them. I've had several holes in mine, but I just patched with seam sealer. Looks rough, but functions good as new. I've though about covering mine from time to time, but ended up not bothering.
BB: no I didn't have a space blanket, the condensation occurred on a 35* night BUT I had the overcover on too, and there was no wind. There was wetness at one end can't remember which.
when selecting your fabrics from FF, you want the wren made out of, be sure to make it as breathable as possible. don't want to have condensation issues with a very expensive bag, when you're hanging in the cold. Let us know what fabric combination you go with.