**** cats pee'd on it, had to disassemble and wash it, and put it back together. (Used detergent and smooshed it around in the sink, and shoved it in the dryer on high heat - cotton mode).
I temporarily attached bugnetting with clothespins. I don't see any need for a zipper, even without weight, it holds up well enough already, and if it's so windy it starts blowing off, I don't think there will be bugs to contend with. For some reason this design gives pretty floppy sides, moreso than a single layer hammock. Pulling the sides tighter during whipping helped a little bit, but I had to pull them so tight, I couldn't get out of the hammock. I plan on using side tie-outs, and ghetto-rigged some with a quarter shoved in the fabric and cord wrapped around it, kinda like a button. I used a poor knot and it came out the first time I used it, I can't recommend this method if you're going to get *into* the hammock, but it works great for testing. Also one of those pictures is with the pad inserted.
My ridgeline tends to put alot of stress on the sewn together end loops i have in the fabric (picture 1), I made the loop portion 11 inches long. I think shorter would reduce the stress, but I think it would still mostly be there. When I get into the hammock, the ridgeline tightened up a bit, I think the best plan is to tighten it while I'm in it.
Can you use side tie outs if you're in a toploading hammock? Do you disconnect them while you get in, or how does that work?