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Okay I just got back from a two night trip to Mt. Rogers for the weekend. This weekend was a continuation of my previous experiences with underquilt hammock camping. I had been hesitant to say anything because I didn't have any consistent experiences. The bottom line - my shoulders are getting restricted and it feels like I'm in a sleeping bag that's not wide enough. Sadly, I only fall asleep after I am completely exhausted and then only sleep for a couple of hours at a time. Additionally, when I do wake I usually have to do some adjusting before my shoulders are comfortable enough to fall asleep again. Then the process starts over.
This is the firs time I've ever done cold weather hammock camping. Up until the last few trips I had always gone with my hammock and my pad which left me quite flexible in how I slept in the hammock. My sleeping bag was big enough to fit the pad inside (yes, inside) with me so it pretty much conformed to whatever angle I was laying, usually on a very wide diagonal to give me as comfortable a lay as possible with little to no shoulder restriction. To give you an idea of what I'm looking for, lay down on a very soft bed. Lay on your back. There, that's what I'm looking for.
I'm a big guy, but not huge. I'm about 6' 2" 205lbs with shoulders 21-22" across. People describe me as "broad shouldered." Is this a common problem for people? Are certain hammocks more/less restricting than others? Are certain models of UQs more/less conforming than others? I'm honestly kind of disappointed as I dropped quite a bit of cash on this particular UQ.
thanks for the input folks!