humm, I don't do anything with the pullouts, and I took the cords off them.
but instead of the whoopie slings which seems to be the "thing" presently, I'm gonna convert the stock triangle cinch buckle and straps with a toggle so that they become separate tree huggers. In this way I can stuff the hammock into a dry bag for when I'm away from camp for a long time, and I know it's really windy. the tree huggers will stay on the trees.
I also got my tarp in snake skins so that when tucked in the skins they can withstand big winds. When I leave camp I don't have to worry about my rig blowing away. Stakes are already positioned and in place.
I was in southern colorado this spring so anyone from that area knows what kinds of winds I'm talking about!
When I get back to camp it's a short chore to re connect the hammock and deploy the tarp. "Better safe than stupid" I like to say!
otherwise, the blackbird hadn't required any mods, til now, quite unlike any of my other gear that constantly gets tweaked !
yeah, got to ID the head end a little better though .....
and I do use the stuff sack as a bishop bag, at least for now.
If I leave my UQ attached to my BB then I'll need a bigger stuff/bishop bag so I can stow both of them together. Should save on some setup time this way. maybe I'll even leave my sleeping bag/TQ inside as well?
the newer drybags have the air release port now, so really squeezing out the air is much much easier. Everything in one stuffsack? Could it be that fast and easy?