Last night I did my first full night in my new WB Blackbird 1.1dbl. as a test run in my backyard. I could bailout if things got too cold. Before that I only had time to try it out for a nap and I wanted to see how it would compare with the Grand Trunk Ultralight. I want to say, all the things I have read here on HF were true! the comfort difference (for me) was wonderful, I really like the foot box and I could stretch out without any side pressure. The double zipper, shelf and tie-outs are great as many have said! The Blackbird rules!
Only a couple of problems:
Temps were mild down to 54 degrees so I didn't expect the problems I had with cold. I used a Lawson 1/4" EVA pad between the hammock double layers and an old down bag not rated as TQ. I was wearing fleece pants and LS shirt with socks. I tried sleeping directly on the hammock and pad with nothing between me and the hammock as I have read about, the down bag on top. The bag was almost too hot at first, but as the night cooled off I woke up at 2:30AM and discovered that I was very cold on the bottom. I was surprised! From what others said I thought the 1/4" would be fine down to 40ª but I felt cold coming through the foam. So, I added my Thermarest pro on top of the foam and slept inside the bag to have it around me. I slept almost toasty the rest of the night.
The other issue which I expected, was that the 24" wide pad was too narrow and I did have cold shoulders and arms where they touched off the pad. 40" wide would have been much better. And I even noticed my feet feeling chilly off the pad, and this is only at 54ª, summer temps for some of you.
Now I am unsure how thick the foam pad needs to be to stay warm down to 40ª? Would 1/2" be enough? Any suggestions on how I can improve things?
All in all, I had a wonderful time! Watching the stars and the full moon was like a spotlight it was so bright! Be lulled to sleep by the sweet sounds of street traffic, car brakes and crickets. Thanks to all you HF members.