I have been lurking around here for the last two / three months and have finally purchased a hammock and some gear and gotten the chance to hang out on my back porch for a couple of nights over the last few days. This was in central arkansas and I think the temp got down to 25 early sunday morning.
I bought a Hennessy Explorer with the side zipper last month, immediately replacing the stock suspension with whoopie slings by following Ken's directions. Between Hammock Gear'sWinter Incubator and an Exped Wallcreeper 650 20degree rated bag (and the sweater and pants that my lady had knitted for me) I was toasty, if not too hot on occasion. And VERY comfortable. (although I did have some vertigo when my feet were too high while I was gently swinging.) I can't seem to find the elusive flat lay, though, and I think my knees felt this. Do I need to stake out the hammock? Or is the sleeping bag sliding around in it making this impossible? Or could I have screwed up the ridgeline (making it too short) when converting to whoopie slings? Or was it too short to begin with? I am 6'4" and 190lbs. I laid in it only briefly on it's first arrival using the stock suspension. Or something else?
I also purchased a Mat Cat Deluxe tarp in sil-nylon and some other accessories such as tree huggers, dutch clips and made some nacrabiners along with the whoopie slings using either and both 7/64 and 1/8 amsteel blue. I'll make a ridgeline somehow with either zing-it, or the excess rope that came with nite-ize figure 8's, and tarp tie outs over the next week so that I may try out my rig camping maybe next weekend when the weather clears up. I am really impressed with the quality of the Winter Incubator and the Mat Cat Tarp.
Anywise, this forum seems to be a great resource and I am already getting addicted (passionated(?)) to knots. My lady is actually impressed with the nacrabiners with the diamond knot!
sorry for the long first post.