Originally Posted by east_stingray
....... I took a WB BB 1.1 double, mambajamba tarp (w/ panel pulls added), and yeti UQ on the trip. My parents and brother stayed in a tent.
After all I'd read on the site, I expected the UQ to be far superior to a pad, but I found that a pad seemed to make the hammock more comfortable to me. Without it, I ended up with a ridge under my calves where the weight-bearing part of the hammock met the foot box. The pad seemed to keep it better spread out. This may be because I'm doing something wrong... I'll have to do more fiddling to figure out what I like best. ......
Ah Ha, the infamous left calf pain! So, it happens to folks other than me! Only the JRB BMBH, in my experience, completely avoids this draw back to ALL gathered end hammocks, without the need for either pads or- better yet- something supportive under the knees, like a jacket in a stuff sack. For me this is a major enough problem that it MUST be dealt with. OTOH, dealing with it is pretty simple.
So, with the Yeti, did you always have a pad under your legs? If so, that apparently did not adequately solve the problem? I find it makes things OK, but the stuff sack under the knees or thigh/knee junction 100% solves the problem. Thus allowing me to fully enjoy all the other comfort and function benefits of the BB, and a torso UQ, with or without the leg pad.