My current setup is pretty simple, and is designed to be both flexible and weatherproof. That said, I've only recently added a hammock to the mix. What I need help with is finding a few tweaks to optimize the hammock part.
Call me strange, but my first priority in camping gear is to be prepared for anything that is likely to come my way. I really do live by the motto: "Safety First". I love having a light pack, but I'm willing to sacrifice a little weight if it makes me more safe. Even going to ground is very comfortable and warm with this kit, but I'd like to have a more weather resistant option for staying in the hammock.
Here is a basic outline of my kit:
Shelter: 8x10 homemade silnylon tarp
Insulation: MSS Bivy/bag + blue walmart ccf pad
Hammock: Cheap gathered-end hammock from Academy
I am going to build a custom hammock using the best materials I can find, but that's where I could use some advice. The Military Sleeping System is amazing, and the whole system hinges on it. What I need is a hammock system that keeps wind away from the bivy bag. I'm not worried about rain or freezing temperatures at all due to the amazingness that is the MSS bivy, but wind will steal heat from the compressed loft just like any other sleeping bag. I'm not even worried about wind on the bottom of the hammock where the pad will be. What worries me is that wind will whip around the sides, where the loft of the bag might still be compressed.
So I guess the question could be narrowed down to this: how do you reduce the impact of wind on the sides of your hammock? Keep in mind that I have the option of building any required features into the structure of my new hammock.
Thanks in advance for any advice you can provide.