Big excitement yesterday as FedEx dropped off a huge advancement in peapod style sleep systems. 'The Roan' by Insulhammocks (http://camping-hammock.us/) finally in my hands.
Historically I've always loved my Speer PeaPods...all three of them; but the Speer PeaPod always had some weaknesses. The largest of which was the large gap between the bottom of the hammock and the peapod and a large gap between the occupant the the top portion of the peapod.
Another hindrance to the peapod was having to dial it in to your hammock..not a big negative but we've all had times when the faster we could get into the warm downy goodness the better.
'The Roan' has addressed the above and in a huge way. There is no gap between the 'peapod' and the occupant. The top portion drapes within 2-3 inches of the user allowing the use of camp clothing in the sleep system without compressing it.
In the Insulhammock line of offerings 'The Roan' is further advanced by the use of hydrophobic (e.g. highly water resistant) down which is also hypo-allergenic (a huge plus for those like me who have become intolerant to breathing the dust of down).
The Roan is conservatively rated at -5F; warm sleepers will do fine; with my history of freezing in August I think as supplied to be good to 5F but smartly Riven of Insunhammocks has installed windows into the double layer hammock where a foam pad can be inserted-something I always carry.
Speaking of the double layer hammock, it is integral to the system, e.g. there is no dialing in the insulation to the hammock. It is there attached the moment you pull the hammock out of the bag.
This goes back to the Hangnout inspired one bag solution where you pull out the suspension from your storage sack, clip around tree one, walk and 'dispense' the Roan to the next tree, clip and your done.
Done? What about the tarp? Well I'm using a hammock sock that the Roan will live in, the HNO derived hammock sock and the Roan all come out together at the same time.
I plan on using this higher grade Insulhammock on this years Roan Higher Colder hang=here's hoping for cold weather.
p.s. good news for snow. 5 inches at Ripshin so probably 7-10 at Roan High Knob this morning