previous comfort factors continued: So, on my side my hand is warm with it under my head/pillow but above the UQ. The entire arm is warm, at least on the UQ side. Now in most hammocks I can not lie with my down side arm in that position anyway, because the curvature of the hammock will not allow it to be comfortable. But, if I could, I would have to figure out how to keep that arm warm. Since it is often above my pad or torso UQ. So this is a pretty Bridge hammock unique position ( and a very comfortable one). And having the UQ coverage well above my head is advantageous in this position.
In the same way, if I lie on my back with both hands under my head or under my pillow, again my hands and arms are nice and warm. Assuming I have on a jacket thick enough to keep my arms warm on top. And this is a very comfortable position indeed. And once again, the full coverage is very advantageous in this position, though I probably could work it out with a pad if I had to. But it is kind of nice not to even worry with a pad, and maybe repositioning it every time I move. At the very least, it just has a feel of luxury, hanging every inch from the top or even above your head, to below your feet and well out to both sides, thickly insulated with down.
I don't think I am going to quit being a fan of either my PeaPod or my short UQ. It is going to be interesting to see if I can come up with a solid preference among the three. I can already see some pros and cons to each approach.
With the partial UQ plus leg pad, there is a weight advantage, though not a huge one. If the short UQ runs about 20 oz ( will vary of course with amount and type of insulation and which brand of short UQ), plus a 6 oz pad, you have about 26 oz, vs 27 oz for this UQ. And maybe another oz for the suspension. So that would be about a 2 oz advantage to the short UQ. But realistically, I would have the pad with me any way. So we are back to at least a 6 oz. weight advantage.
However, it might be at least a little more comfortable and less hassle to have the full length UQ. It feels a little better ( at least in the BMBH), and more importantly there is no worry about it coming out of position as I change positions in the night. Or just having to reposition it. Plus, I don't ever have to reposition the full length quilt, and I do sometimes with the torso length, which has to be positioned pretty exactly. A final benefit I can think of is if it is brutally cold, go ahead and use the pad under the legs ( or full body if you have it) PLUS the full length UQ, to maximize leg and foot warmth.
As to the slight convenience and maybe comfort factor, will that be worth the 6 oz or so weight penalty? Probably not for some, depending on how much every thing else is weighing, and how critical a few oz. is.
Of course, equal overall warmth also needs to be considered along with a few oz. of weight. And that is yet to be determined. But with over 5" of full length and sides loft on the MWUQ, it should be a formidable competitor in that arena. But there are not yet any temps cold enough to test this out.
I'll get to pros and cons vs PeaPod a little later. Fun, fun, fun!