Originally Posted by Boon Booni
Hey, I did basically the same thing, but instead used a zipper. I'm not concerned with weight, so I have no idea what mine weighs, but the usability is a huge plus.
If I was a bit more confident, I would try sewing a zipper...maybe some day
Originally Posted by MDSH
As I've thought about it ... there is no need for a Fronkey hole in the bottom with shock cord closure. The Velcro closure at the head allows sliding the net out of the way. For more room at the head cut the foot end bug net at 45 degrees and use those two pieces to create a diamond shaped box at the head end with Velcro connecting the two pieces right down the middle to seal off at the suspension while the top of the diamond connects to the tarp ridge line by mitten hook (and shock cord, depending on the distance, I suppose). For the hole in the bottom sew in a panel of lighter and cheaper cloth to seal up the bug-free space and to install insulation if needed. If it was a stretchy material it would keep things taut. Guy out the diamond to the sides and even to the ground with shock cord, adjusting with toggles on the inside. One more guy line to the tarp ridge line half-way to the feet would be nice.
I don't prefer the types of bugnets that you have to open and close at one end as their only opening.
If the opening is at the head end, you have to stretch up and squirm to close the end. If the opening is at the foot end, you have to sit up, reach down, close the end.
I leave my water bottle and other somewhat necessary items on the ground below my hammock. With the bottom opening, you can simply reach out the bottom to retrieve it and the netting seals up behind you.
I also really like being able to swing my legs out, put my shoes on, and get up; leaving my hammock still encased in netting.
I love having the best of both worlds, the bottom opening for easy entrance and exit and the side opening for being able to install your UQ/fiddle with things in the hammock without being forced to struggle through the bottom hole to do so.
Although having ONLY the full side opening would work, it's not for me - different strokes for different folks, HYOH, etc.