Test of 3S Phoenix
I hung last night which was the third night since Jan 1. The low was 20 F. The temperature started out around 25 F around 11 PM. I was very comfortable when I went to sleep.
I woke up around 5 A.M. and my back felt cold. It was not extremely cold just cold enough to keep me from going back to sleep. Later in the day, I got someone to look with me in the hammock and there was a gap at the foot end between the uq and hammock.
I could easily check the placement of the uq on my left side by unzipping the hammock. I couldn't check the right side very easily. I tried reaching over the top of the ridgeline, but this was difficult. Does anyone have a suggestion for adjusting and making sure the quilt is right to prevent air gaps?
HH Hex Tarp
30 F Coleman Sleeping Bag used as TQ
1/2 inch ccf pad under feet only
pillow - rolled up sweatshirt
Carhartt cold weather wool socks
Carhartt lightweight base layer - bottoms
Zyflex polyester top
fleece gloves (only wore part of night)
knit hat covering ears (only wore part of night)
pulled sleeping bag over my head most of night
I have this same problem with my 3S Phoenix. I get a small gap where my legs create a ridge in the hammock fabric, and it forms a chimney effect of cold air right up my back. Haven't messed with it since the Dec NJ/PA hang, but I haven't come up with a consistent solution yet. Hopefully you'll have better luck :)
One thing you might try (if you haven't yet) is to tighten up the suspension of the quilt a little. They sometimes hang a little loose with the stock suspension because I make it little long for the longer hammocks out there. Try adding a knot around 6" behind the original one, then another until it looks right. When it is hung tight enough, it will be holding up the hammock quite a bit. Sometimes almost parallel. The differential cut in the shells will keep the down from compressing so do not be afraid to get it too tight. That 14 feet of shock cord can stretch quite a bit...:)
Let me know if you need more clarification of some other ideas for tweaking the fit.
Don't forget to tighten the quilts end gathering cords as well.
I found it works best if you get someone in the hammock then you can adjust the gather on both ends and the main shockcord.
Good point from Adam.
I added a cordlock to the suspension shockcord of my 3-S Crowsnest (pre-name change) for easy adjustability. Make your suspension tight - it will stretch out when you add your body weight to the rig.