yeah the openings are just like the z hammock ones but only on the outside edge of each bed the inside edge both layers are sewn in to the shelfs felled seam it may be different with a shorter hammock but i find once your body weight is in there the pad co operates a bit better plus i think you said you have the exped downmats didnt you? they have an attachmet point for a pillow you can always tie them in to the sleave so they cant slide away on ya.
Its definatly possible to just suspend either a bug net or top cover by ropes, i put attachment points on mine in case i have a pole malfunction, but the main difference that the poes make is to open up the inside of the hammock. youll see what i mean when you do a dummy hang of the beds and put the flexible pole in. you could achieve this to an extent with guy lines out to the sides.
[QUOTE=Tijereyes;969089]The other thought I had was for a simple way to do the overcover (which may or may not work at all). Basically the idea is that you start by determining how long you want your arc to be. I have a big flexible plastic piece too; after I get the body sewn together I'd just hold it up and see what I thought would give me sufficient headroom. Measure the length of the arc, and write it down. Next, figure out how far down the hammock sides you want the cover to extend. My thought was to have it come down to shoulder level (the same place as where there is an angle in the shelf piece). Measure that distance too.
Now you have 4 distances: 1) the length of the arc, 2) and 3) the distance down the sides of the hammock, and 4) the length of the head end of the hammock (or foot end) ungathered. Then you would cut out a trapezoid. The long side would be the length of the head end, the short sides would be how far down the sides the cover will come, and the shorter long side would be the length of the arc. Then you could just sew it on to the edges of the hammock, gather, and you're done. (well, done after you sew in loops for the pole, I mean. and bugnet. And foot end cover. And weather shield :-P)
Does that make any sense? Right now it seems like a good idea to me, but I have yet to actually make the body of the hammock, so I'm severely taxing my ability to visualize.
your half right about the trapeziodal shape of the hood, but because its an arc the distance from the centre of the arc to the center of the shlelf (ie. straight up the middle of the "headboard ") is more than the distance from the corner of the bed to the head and shoulder point you want the hood to cover you too, so you end up with excess along that edge.
Also i dont know if you have concidered the type of pole you are going to use yet, standard fiberglass 9mm tent poles arent flexible enough to make the arc you will need i had a hard time sourcing thinner tent poles i ended up making my own from 6.5 mm fiberglass kite rods tricky stuff i had more than a few breakages due to varying qualitys of rod but ive since learned that clark sell replacement poles so they might be an easier option and you can just cut them down to the length you need.