Originally Posted by 6 feet over
I’ve both zipped and gone quilt style. There is some squirm factor, but you’d have a little of that using a sleeping bag in a regular bed.
Difficulty also varies with the hammock and amount of sag and practice. Most difficult is my HH ( unless I get mostly in before hammock entry, that makes it easy with any of them). Easier is my Speer, easiest is my Claytor.
At first, in my HH, I simply could not get in other than quilt style. Now, depending on some variables, I can be in with hood and neck collar zipped up in from 30 secs to 2 minutes. And for me, every time I am even close to the bag temp rating, that is always SO MUCH WARMER than trying to use any of those mummy bags quilt style. ( I still don't yet have a quilt) But some practice helps, or sure. The main trick for me( for getting in the bag once in the hammock) seems to be sitting in the bag and putting my feet and legs in the right distance, smoothing the bags inner surface out. Then I just reach back and pull the hood up over my head while still sitting, and zip up as much as I can, usually to the chest area. Then lay down and make a few final adjustments and zip up all the way if needed. Or, leave it partly unzipped enough to just put one arm or elbow out , but with the hood still over my head and the neck collar sealed. This can make all the difference in staying warm, compared to trying to use a mummy bag as a quilt. At least in my experience. Of course an actual quilt with a separate hood or thick balaclava, might work better than trying to use a mummy bag as quilt.
But still, it is really hard to beat the heat retaining efficiency of a 3" thick hood and neck collar surrounding every bit of your head except your nose/mouth and blocking all drafts. Also, I think the somewhat mummy like aspects of the PeaPod is one reason it works so well, especially considering how big of a bag it is. Depending on how much breathing hole you allow yourself, you are more or less sealed in a mummy bag head to toe. And if you have some sort of summer weight top quilt or bag or thick jacket, it works like a neck collar. So that there is very little heat loss from draft when you move around. Or, if you close it up all the way, zero loss.