Hey guys, I have a spindrift for my new rr---------I like the way it blocks the wind, and I like the extra warmth it gives. However, there are a couple of things I really dont like about it----------in the wrong weather conditions the condensation is pretty bad, and it is a royal pain to install and take off. Has any one done any work on their spindrift to make it more user friendly? I was thinking about a mod to the head end (leave the foot end stock) maybe get rid of the two head grommets (where the dog bones go thru) and replace them with a long slot (a slot with a velcro flap so you could close it up when its installed in its fully deployed position?) My thinking is, if you didnt need the spindrift, you could slide it towards the foot end and stow it (kind of like the bug net) ---and if you chose to, you could partially deploy it, leaving the head end open for more ventilation. One problem I could see already is , if you have it partially deployed, its probably going to drag on the ground. (maybe there is a way around this?) Do you think any of this would work?
I came up with this idea because of my last backpacking trip. Its been pretty chilly here in GA, but last weekend, we had a nice 2 day window of beautiful weather. (70 degrees during the day!) I went on a really great overnight trip-----everything went well, but it was too warm and too humid for the spindrift----lots of condensation, even with the door open. I would have taken it off the hammock, but its such a PITA, I just left it on. (besides, I wasnt sure if I needed it or not) It would have been very nice to have had the option of sliding the spindrift to the foot, and possibly redeploying , or partially redeploying it during the night as needed. Any thoughts? Would this work? Also, maybe another vent? Its not that its a bad product--its beautifully made like all of brandons products---its just in our southeastern climate with its crazy weather patterns and humidity, it doesnt always work well. (Im probably using it in a way it wasnt exactly designed for!)