Originally Posted by sturgeon
Did a comparison today at a local park: BMBH with Incubator vs. BMBH with 25" Thermarest Prolite Pad.
I was sure I'd love the pad better, and at first I did. Hammock seemed more spacious and flat. But side sleeping wasn't so hot. Then I removed the pad and put on the incubator. Yes, the squeeze on the sides was there, but what a lovely cocoon. Side sleeping was cool because you had something to put your back against---something warm because of the height of the Incubator on the sides (with the pad the sides would be cold when a knee hit it). I bet with the Mount Washington quilt it's even better, as it's made to fit perfectly, but you got to go with what you have, and the Incubator worked well, I was happy to find.
I think I've found my new go-to hammock. I just couldn't get comfortable in my gathered end hammock after about 20-25 nights total sleeps over two summers tweeking this and that and finally using a big stuffsack-roll under my knees to make things tolerable.
Was this the the BMBH UL or DLX with pad pocket?
That is indeed an advantage of the UQ with this hammock. Like you, I love to lean back against the side when I am on my side, and this is always very well covered with my MW UQs. With a pad, I would have to figure something else out to cover that area. Maybe some strips of WM CCF blue pad? I actually already have some of these.