May your mileage in the backcountry exceed your post count.
I understand the netting and over cover can be pulled back and stored. Is It possible to remove say the over cover and leave it behind for weight savings when it is not needed?
A removable overcover is on my to-do list, but I ain't been working on that list lately.
It wouldn't be a zippered cover but an add-on overcover for those who'd like to leave it at home. Soon as someone orders one, it'll be moved from my to-do list to my order list, where it gets much more attention. (hint, hint )
Problems with making the net and cover removeable:
Zipper availability - You'd need a find a 120" or 132" #3 seperating zipper. I've only found one company so far that will custom make these zippers. My cost for these custom zippers would be just over $60 and I don't think that's really sellable.
Because of the stretch involved with stitching the zippers on the bias of the net and overcover the lengths of each zipper half change just slightly. This slight stretch is accounted for with the current DB design. If they were removable, each of the 6 zipper halfs would need to be exactly the same length, right down to the tooth or things wouldn't line up correctly.
What kind of bugs are flying around in the snow? Ive never seen bugs below forty degrees, at least not flying bugs.