Had a chance to take the new XLC for a spin. Have to say it's very comfortable - probably the best night's sleep I've had hiking. The weather was cold - snowed here in PA this weekend - so I used the solid cover. I initially thought it might be a bit claustrophobic but when you pull the shelf and the other side out there is a lot of room inside. I forgot my thermometer but it definitely was a bit warmer inside the hammock after a while, I'd guess at least 10*.
No calf pressure at all as advertised. I did hang the head end lower and try to move towards the top end of the hammock as Brandon advised.
I am getting the hang of taking the top on and off and noticed it's easier to change direction at the ends if you grasp the zipper right below the pull with your thumb and index finger to give it a little tension which flattens it out a bit. I still am going to be very gentle with the zipper and try to avoid stressing it.
Also noticed that I may need to lengthen the main suspension shock cord on my underquilt (HG Phoenix) it worked but probably a bit tighter overall than I would have liked about another 4-6" would be perfect.
No chance to try out the mesh cover yet....
Really pleased so far with this new design - well played Brandon!
see you on the trail,