As I was discussing possible solutions with Pan, I asked "What about shorter bars on the foot end?". ( I believe I had already seen that Griz had done just that), So while we were talking, he goes into his shop and starts machining and fabricating. Next thing I know, I get this package of different length bars for me to evaluate. So I did.
In the above pic, the original s.bar is on the left. I think I tested the one next to it, the longest one Pan sent me. It is enough to make things workable, probably even without the grip clips. And certainly would work with one of the even shorter bars.
Because you can see in this pic that, compared with the pic of the regular s.bar and and a Grip Clip on the right side only, the tarp is also clear of the bar end on the left.
With the reg. length bar, and a GC on the right, there was plenty of clearance on the right, but tarp contact on the left. In the above pic there is even more clearance
on the right, Plus the bar end also has adequate clearance on the left.
Here is a pic of the original s.bar plus Grip Clip assist on the right only, for direct comparison. You can see there is much more lack of room on the left, compared to with the shorter bar:
Sorry about the poor picture contrast, but I think you can make out the difs.
There is a minimal decrease in comfort, primarily from even less ability to draw my knees up when on my side, plus feels a tad dif when on my back. Not bad at all, though. This would be a definitely acceptable trade off if weather demanded more coverage on the windward end, on those severe weather nights when you can't find trees with a correct orientation to the wind. Though really, that should be rare. I have not yet tried the even shorter bars.
But I have tried no foot end
s.bar at all. And it is doable. A definite decrease in comfort, but really not all that bad. And doing that would be better than freezing if you needed to close one end all the way for whatever reason- wind, rain, cold. If you did not have Grip Clips or shorter bars or had a minimal tarp, just leaving the foot bar out when needed might save the day and make a cold windy rainy night far more bearable.
WooHoo! Comfort of the BMBH becomes even more usable, do to much less worry about the tarp in severe weather circumstances. There are still several more possible solutions to work on!