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"Of all the things that matter, that really and truly matter, working more efficiently and getting more done is not among them." ~ Mike Dooley
"What if I told you that you couldn't have anymore of anything... No more friends, no more money, no more anything, until you first got happy with what you have?"~ Mike Dooley
"The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing." ~ Socrates
"In the fields of observation chance favors only the prepared mind."
- Louis Pasteur - Lecture, University of Lille,7 December 1854
That's long been a favorite quote of mine.
“I think that when the lies are all told and forgot the truth will be there yet. It dont move about from place to place and it dont change from time to time. You cant corrupt it any more than you can salt salt.” - Cormac McCarthy
Just got my Blackbird in the mail and can't wait to get out there this weekend and try it out! The workmanship looks top rate. I have read the previous posts on how the JRB quits should work fine, but am wondering if there are any hints on using them before I get out there in the cold outdoors. I was planning on just using the standard JRB suspension on each end, and not worry about the missing loops along the side tieout locations. Has anyone actually evaluated this on the new Blackbird yet?
koaloah has used his with the mt wash i believe, maybe he'll chime in. i'd say you've got the right idea there.
I've used the Blackbird with the JRB Nest and Mt. Washington with the supplied JRB suspension set up. They work great. As with any underquilt just make sure the quilt is set up properly.
The Mt Washington requires minimum tweaking for a nice warm fit. I just pull the suspension and ends relatively snug and enjoy the night. Excessive tightness might reduce the quilts ability to wrap around you shoulders. Haven't tried to really set up the quilt with excessive tension. With the differential cut you would really have to try hard to flatten the loft. Unnecessary tension on the quilt stitching might become more of an issue before loft compression.
The Nest requires you check on the tension. Similar to its use on any other hammock. Too loose mean air gaps between hammock and quilt. Too tight means compression of the quilt loft.
Don't use the side HH position tie outs. Sometimes I need to reposition the lateral lay of the quilt. Usually it has been my left shoulder/deltoid area that is exposed. A 10-15cm "re-centering". Easy to do while laying in the Blackbird. Just unzip the netting and reach down pull on the quilt.
I'm a small person (164cm/57kg). The quilts have more than adequate coverage.
Side note: The HH SS ocf + space blanket using the WS2 in place of the HH undercover works on the Blackbird.
Thanks for the helpful information koaloha05. It doesn't sound like I'll need to do anything special then, just the usual Nest adjustments. Am looking forward to giving my Blackbird a try this weekend. This really looks to be a significant enhancement over my HH Hyperlite, with no weight penalty. I also really like how well the included BB bag works. One step closer to hammocking nirvana.