Originally Posted by FishinFinn
It will make a world of difference to the "shoulder roll" with a pad in the pocket, especially something like your Downmat 7. I love my BMB. I also love my BB. And I love my Clark. I'm a polygamist when it comes to hammocks - they all have their uses/features.
I have this same love for for various hammocks and their individual pros and cons.
I just don't seem to have the shoulder issues that I had at first, though it is tempting to just sleep on my side. On my side, I seem to be able to bring my knees up enough to suit me if I slide down a bit towards the foot end. At least I think that seems to help a bit, and a wide pad also helps a bit.
Conversely, I think I gain a bit of shoulder room when I move towards the head more than normal, with the end caps functioning as part of my pillow. Though if I go to far there is a tendency for the end caps to tilt my head forward, which I have to overcome with something used as a neck pillow. Also, getting just barely/almost on my side seems to by me a little shoulder room.
On my back, I tend to sleep with my hands laying over my abdomen anyway. So it's no big deal for me to be required to have more or less that position anyway in th hammock. Arms down by my side just won't work, but I don't sleep that way anyway.
All in all, I find a lot of comfort with this set up, especially when using the MWUQ. It is absolutely the only hammock so far that has been- for me- 100% free of that pesky left calf pressure from the center ridge. Which is not to say that I can't deal with this problem in my other hammocks to obtain mucho comfort. Multiple 12 hour nights in my Claytor No Net with PeaPod last Sept. shows that I can indeed. But I is something I have to consider with all hammocks except for the BMBH.
With or without an UQ, I find that pad use with the BH is far superior to all other hammocks I have used. To the degree that it might actually improve the shoulder issues by widening the hammock a bit.
For me, the main drawback is the spreader bar/ tarp contact issue and how to deal with it, and for that, I better start a new thread.
I'm just glad that there are several excellent choices for comfortable hammocks. A person can choose among the various pros and cons according to there personal preferences.