ok, so last night i went to Santee to hang with a friend for their birthday, and it was to be the maiden voyage of my Night Owl and WL bug net. Well, it was a massive failure.
First, i had a gear failure (will go into more details later, since i havent contacted the maker yet and dont want to put it out there like that beforehand) which almost made the NO unusable this trip (not a WL issue). once i got it up, i loved laying in the hammock, but i found an issue with it (that i will address with marty before specifying here, i may be doing something wrong) that made me slightly uncomfortable but wasnt a deal breaker.
what was however was the bug net! once i went to get settled in around 10 or so, i hopped in the bugnet/hammock with my new Zeppelin UQ and found i couldnt reach the zippers nor could i actually get them to zip once i grabbed them. seems my UQ was causing the issue, so i removed that and tried again.
well, that didnt fix it. with nothing in the netting but me, hammock and poncho liner i still had a hard time zipping it up, but i got it only to discover that i couldnt lay on a diagonal!!! i had to lay inline with the hammock because the net was drum tight (mind you just me and the hammock, no UQ)
so after 30 minutes of fighting and trying, i gave into shoulder squeeze and gave up. i tried going without the bug net, but was a bit on the ticked off/tired/sore side and now i was getting eaten up by bugs (tick season too).
TO HELL WITH THAT (i thought), so i went and grabbed my trusty ENO DN and tossed it up in place of the NO and into the bug net again. well, same issue arose, while not as snug in the netting, i still couldnt get sideways enough to lay flat! after dosing for maybe 45 minutes and waking up sore as hell, i went and slept in the car.
so what do i do? where i live you HAVE to have a bug net most of the year, or youll get carried off by pterodactyl sized mosquitoes. im too tired to think right now.
and before anyone says DIY, i cant. im not patient enough, but i am more than willing to throw money at the problem if a good solution arises.