Test hanging in a Hennessy ULBP 10C, 12-15knot breeze was cold. So after too many hours on the net I spent the big $$s on a down undercover. Choice was between the Speers and JRB. Both seem to be great products. Went with the JRB Nest and WeatherShield combo. Net weight and bulk gain with leaving the Z-pad at home would be about zero. Plus for me comfort gained.
Don't own a set skins yet. Hoping the skins would make setup in wind simpler and protect the hammock & undercover from rain. Figured with skins the normal set-up would be setup tarp, then under the shelter of the tarp hang and unskin the hammock.
Question about using SnakeSkins #4 and the compression factor on the Nest. Concern is the degree of compression and long term stress on the Nest. For the time you are on the trail would this compression result in more rapid wear and tear vs. stuffing the Nest in its provided stuff sac?