First night in my Blackbird
I traveled to Alabama for a climbing competition this weekend, and tried the Blackbird out for the first all-night hang. Unfortunately, I had mixed results.
The upside is, I was generally able to stay warm and reasonably comfortable. I was able to sleep fairly well, which isn't something I've always been able to say when tent camping. I wasn't blown away by my first night hanging, but it was alright. With a cheap walmart foam pad plus a thermarest, and a 15 degree synthetic bag from Alps Mountaineering, I was comfortable into the low 30's.
Except when my pads moved. And they definitely moved, leaving me with cold spots on shoulders or legs. I'm going to have to get the pad thing fine-tuned if I'm going to keep hanging, or just suck it up and fork out the cash for an underquilt.
Speaking of the pads, they seemed to greatly negatively affect my comfort. I just couldn't get as comfortable a lay as I have in the test runs I've given the hammock - the pads were stiff and uncomfortable against my neck especially.
More importantly, it seemed like I couldn't get the hang adjusted right. At first, I had it hung too tightly, and the hammock felt super curved, not a flat lay at all. Then I loosened it up, and it felt better, but still not flat by any means. And no matter what I did with it, it always seemed like my feet were way high in the air. You'll see in one of the pictures how much lower I have the feet hung than the head, as I was desperately trying to get away from the "feet way up high" feeling I experienced all night.
I was not able to achieve a flat lay, and I was definitely not comfortable side sleeping. This seems to contradict what I found earlier in the week, so I'm trying to figure out what I did wrong.
The verdict: No verdict yet, I have to spend more time figuring this thing out.