Originally Posted by Deadphans
If you plan on getting a under quilt I would go with the side zip. I had a bottom entry Hennessy and found I was somewhat limited.
I also found that on really hot days the bottom entry would get hot inside, and all I wanted to do was open my bug net and let the breeze in. I also couldn't cook break fast in bed if I so choose.
But then again you could always get a 2qzq mod and have the best of both worlds.
One thing I did like, however, was the fact I could quickly escape the hordes of mosquitoes that Maine gets plagued with.
As per above, I had no complaints about the bottom entry (BE) HH, except that I could not reach out once I was in. And being unable to vent on those hot days, but I'm mostly a cool weather camper anyway. And the 2Q mod solves those problems, but at extra expense of course.
Yesterday, I was playing around in the cooler temps with an extra Explorer UL I have acquired, a zippered model, with and without a Super Shelter under cover on it. It was very windy at times. I did notice that without the UC, it was uncomfortably cool with a slight breeze and very much so with the higher gusts, and that the UC did a good to great job of mostly blocking that effect. But the other thing that I noticed - since most of my previous HHSS experience was with a BE - that it was actually quicker and simpler for me to get in and out with the BE than the zippered model.
That said, some folks report the opposite because they never get efficient/skilled with the BE, and just never like it at all. And please note I am talking about a netted model, not a no net. For me it is about the same getting in/out of a no net side entry model as the BE HH. But once you throw in locating zipper pulls and unzipping to get out or zipping back up after getting back in, the advantage ( for me ) goes back to BE. Not that it matters much a second or two, but it might be a factor if the mossies are trying to carry you off.
However, I think 90% of folks just prefer the side entry zipper models and/or actually dislike the BE models. There are a lot of individual prefs in this game.