I wouldn't sew for beans, either!
Really great stuff!You have some cool innovations like the semi rigid tube and the tree straps.
I think it would be cool to have a tube like that w/ a mesh section on top for stargazing and then a small rainfly on top that you could quickly install if need be. It would be like my GF's tent: Sierra Designs: Tents: Sirius 3 Perhaps you could use a poncho and tie it like a 'flying diamond' from the tree to one of the loops on top of the tube. Working on drawing this right now...
Here are some drawings of this idea...Again, really nice looking gear!
I had thought of putting a closable mesh section (ala the Clark Weathershield - dual layers of mesh/sil with a zipper) on the head end for stargazing, and just for being able to look around camp without pulling back the head end. Also, for condensation concerns (Griz also suggested this).
Conditions the first night out were still, temp 34 degrees, scattered showers and frost on ground and tarp come morning. Conditions second night were 37, slight breeze and scattered showers. Vent on sock due to seperate tieout for bugnet on DD was about two inch wide by 12 inch high, and mostly above and behind my head. In a regular tent, I would most likely have experienced condensation on the first night, but not on the second due to the slight breeze and the slit venting around the drawstring opening.
That's a pretty good test for condensation issues. If it was a 'condensation trap' you would have seen it on those nights.
Did you have any issues with loose fabric flapping in the breeze and making noises?
These 'experience' issues always brings a smile to my face as I recall the first long distance backpacker I got to spend a few days on the trail with... Rotten Rodney. He would laugh at some of my gear and talk of 'combat conditions'. He was right and he was a great guy, he taught me that I didn't have everything figured out that I thought I did. Conditions vary so much and what works best in one set of conditions might not work very well in another set of conditions. That was the first and most important lesson. Another lesson was to always hold on to one end of the bear line when you throw it... I think he probably wet himself laughing over that one.
One of the pictures I posted was of the side tie-out nearest my head area. I added a velcro cable cinch tie there, so that after I entered the hammock, I could cinch the tent/sock tighter on the head end.
There is some work to be done yet, to be sure. Now that I have version 1 done, I have some digital ripstop nylon that I'd like to redo this experiment with, and make it a little "stealthy". I had to do my proof of concept first. One of the pictures is of the little scale model I made when the idea popped into my head. Now I'm doing a scale model of my Clark tarp for the mods that I'm going to make to it.