On my WB BB XLC I've been using the bug net as it is mid summer here and the mozzies are really annoying.
The zip has given me issues though, trying to fish around near my feet to find the zipper pull to close up the zipper to keep the mozzies out and then even worse fishing around upwards of where my head is to find the zipper pull to open up the zipper to turn off my alarm or to go pee. I should mention that I'm using my hammock 365 to 366 days per year as I've moved my bed out to the shed and set up the hammock in my bedroom.
I'm not sure of how many of you guys may have heard of 'Kiwi ingenuity' - basically us New Zealanders living in a fairly isolated little country have gotten good at figuring out very simple ways to get stuff done.
Here is my little mod that cost be absolutely nothing and is proving to be really handy:
I just looked at that lanyard and very cheap little carabiner sitting on my desk and my ingenious kiwi mind started thinking. So in under 1 minute I had attached it as you can see - the loop through the zipper pull and then the little biner clipped to the ridge line.
The biner is smooth and rounded which lets it slide freely along the ridge line. The lanyard is long enough to go around a persons neck, much longer than a wrist lanyard.
This has made my life so much easier:
To do up the zip I can hook my foot under this lanyard and pull up towards me, this pulls the zipper and once it is close enough I grab it with my hand and pull it all the way closed.
To open the zip I just reach up passed my head, the lanyard is hard to miss, much easier to find with my hand than the tiny little zipper pull.
So - the result is that I can quickly and easily access & use the zipper without wasting time feeling around trying to find where it is.