My boys and I spent Thanksgiving Eve (is that really a date?) trying out our sleep systems at the Isle du Bois state park.
This was our first time with a cocoon so there was a little trial and error.
Here's what I remember...
The cocoon is very warm.
Overnight temps were in the upper 50's, it was very windy, and I spent the night with the zipper open.The stuff sack is big enough for my entire sleep system.
I slept in only my undies and was still very warm.
I will not keep the rainfly in there because of the stakes, but it does fit.Inside the cocoon there is a baffle for the zipper and an internal pocket for storage.
Once you get the hang right, you can put your lightweight items in the cocoon with you under the hammock.
For my boys the cocoon was the perfect length.
I like to hang low which compressed the cocoon against my back.
I had to give some slack to one of the ends and all was good.The end tabs are not strong at all.
So my oldest missed the hammock and crawled into the cocoon.
The end tabs ripped on one end.The cocoon is shaped with a head end and a foot end.
Obviously they are not weight bearing.
It's not clearly marked so I just crawled in my hammock and immediately felt cramped.
I was about to start cussing when I flipped around and realized the inside pocket is by the head end.
Overall, I really like the cocoon.
It is definitely warm enough for my climate (north Texas).
I can't tell if this could go sub-freezing alone but there is room to add many overquilts or a mummy bag if need be.
I have another camp scheduled for early January so I'll see if the weather cooperates with some low temps.I'm still trying to decide if I'll need to insulate one of the ends during a deep cold.
I didn't have to this time but may have to once the temps go low.I believe this is definitely worth the money.
I say "one end" because the other end can bunch up around the whoopie sling without any issues.
I was able to drop the amount of crap I had to carry by almost half!
Feel free to ask any questions.
Take care and hang loose!