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  1. #11
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    I have 2 bottom entry will be getting the mod 4 done to both but leaving the bottom entry intact the best of both worlds!!!!!!!

  2. #12

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    The first HH I got from MEC, found it too short, bottom entry a bit quirky. Got another HH ex, then had ZQ #2. I found the top access easier for under quilt and top synthetic sleeping bag adjustment after climbing in. Now mainly use WB, Te/wa 2/3 3X UQ, yet to upgrade to top quilt. All recent hammock items pack up very small and provide enough warmth for all coastal seasons.

  3. #13
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    Quote Originally Posted by Owl View Post
    I love the bottom entry. I've got a bad back...and so just sitting in, rolling back, and letting my weight close up the entrance.

    But there's nothing wrong with the bottom entry in my opinion. I like it.
    Me too..... In fact the bottom entry is the only kind of hammock I can get out of with my mobility issues. The zip mods are an excellent addition but I haven't had them done... yet. Still thinking about it.
    I may be slow... But I sure am gimpy.

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  4. #14
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    Quote Originally Posted by OutandBack View Post
    Bottom entry is really nice when the mosquitos are thick. Far fewer get in. You can get the hammock modded with a side zipper then you'll have both.
    Check this site out.
    http://www.2qzqhammockhanger.com/zipmods.html

    If you get a good quality UQ you really don't have to mess with it much after installing.
    when i had a HH i had 2qzq put a mod 2 on mine. really great people to work with and it was a pretty painless activity.
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    The only valid question is: how do YOU like the bottom entry?

    Here is what I don't like about the standard HH bottom entry: can't reach out of the hammock to adjust certain UQs, or check insulation that has been added to the HHSS to see if it is positioned where I want it , or just reach something onthe ground, etc.

    On the other hand, some forms of insulation, like the HH SuperShelter or JRB MW4, once positioned correctly with first installation and with the HH side tie outs through the corresponding loops, will not require any further adjustment.

    What else do I dislike about it? Well, really, nothing. Oh wait, can not ( without a zipper mod) use certain types of quilts with it. Without an SPE or double layer, a pad ( if you use one) is a lot trickier to use. That is about it. Some of its advantages ( there are nearly always pros and cons with all of this hammock stuff) have already been listed. It is all I used for my 1st 2 years even after I got a top entry model. I got to where, even with a SS on it, I could be in or out of that sucker just as fast as anything else, if not faster because there was no zipper to get closed. It just could not have been easier, though I did have to get used to it.

    So if you don't have a problem with it, don't worry about it and, in fact, enjoy some of its benefits. Like the lightest approach with a net, some claim fewer bugs get in with you, etc. But any of the drawbacks are solved with a zipper mod and then you have both.
    For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us....that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now.
    Romans 8:18,21-22

  6. #16
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    If you were to use a short torso pad, extended (SPE) to wrap your shoulders and hips, coupled with a top quilt or a sleeping bag used top quilt style, then you won't have any of those reported "problems" using insulation with a bottom entry hammock.

  7. #17
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    i personaly love the bottom entry but like they have said you cant reach out and adjust things. but thats what the 2qzq mod is for also its very easy in a pinch to handle natures call in the morning.
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  8. #18
    Senior Member bmwrider's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by BillyBob58 View Post
    The only valid question is: how do YOU like the bottom entry?

    Here is what I don't like about the standard HH bottom entry: can't reach out of the hammock to adjust certain UQs, or check insulation that has been added to the HHSS to see if it is positioned where I want it , or just reach something onthe ground, etc.

    On the other hand, some forms of insulation, like the HH SuperShelter or JRB MW4, once positioned correctly with first installation and with the HH side tie outs through the corresponding loops, will not require any further adjustment.

    What else do I dislike about it? Well, really, nothing. Oh wait, can not ( without a zipper mod) use certain types of quilts with it. Without an SPE or double layer, a pad ( if you use one) is a lot trickier to use. That is about it. Some of its advantages ( there are nearly always pros and cons with all of this hammock stuff) have already been listed. It is all I used for my 1st 2 years even after I got a top entry model. I got to where, even with a SS on it, I could be in or out of that sucker just as fast as anything else, if not faster because there was no zipper to get closed. It just could not have been easier, though I did have to get used to it.

    So if you don't have a problem with it, don't worry about it and, in fact, enjoy some of its benefits. Like the lightest approach with a net, some claim fewer bugs get in with you, etc. But any of the drawbacks are solved with a zipper mod and then you have both.
    So far I like to but I can't really sat yet because I have not spent the night in it yet.

  9. #19
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    I have an older HH expedition asym and had the 3/4 zip mod by 2qzq (nothing but great things to say about them.) I also kept the bottom entry open but am considering sewing it shut because I never use it. I don't think you'll be disappointed with your hammock but if the bottom entry isn't to your liking the zipper mods are affordable.

  10. #20
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    The only thing I REALLY dislike about the bottom entry is that the velcro is too strong. It attaches far too easily to clothing and even the bug net if it somehow gets involved in that area.

    I've tried to "weaken" it some buy clogging the hooks a bit, but it still seems to reach out and grab my fleece and moisture wicking hiking shirts.
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