Just thought I'd let the HH subforum know I put my REI coupon to good use last weekend and grabbed a Backpacker Ultralight Zip. Been pretty impressed with it -- way more comfort than I expected based on all the HH vs WBBB discussions. I'm within the height/weight limit.
The fly is my first piece of silnylon btw -- I feel high class .
I did lots and lots of reading. Been camping in an ENO SN (with whoopies and SRL) up til now. Used both a blue poly tarp and GI poncho at various times and various pitches. Despite the fact that the "progression" seems to be buy a HH first then "upgrade" to a WBBB, I see myself being happy with the BULA for a good while. I was actually filling out the WB order form and happened to flip over to REI to shop for a Kelty tarp and the homepage had the 20% coupon on it. So I dropped everything and grabbed the BULA from my local store for about $43 off sticker price. I've got the REI bulletproof return policy to fall back on too.
So far I'm just suspending it with the stock rope tied in a slipped buntline around a marlinspike knot on my Harbor Freight tree straps. Works fine until I do a whoopie swap. I've made 2 sets of slings so far so no concerns over getting that done once the new has worn off a little.
The HH nylon treestraps are even stretchier than SlapStraps though! Beware and use propper tree huggers.
Anyway, just wanted to say I think I made an informed purchase based on my prior hangs, value for the money, return policy, and weight (2lbs). Would love to get a WBBB one day too, but feel like this was a nice snag with an REI 20%.