The shelf has a tie out attached so that you can maximize the space and make it a bit more sturdy (I rarely use the tie out as I only keep a few small items in the shelf typically).
The Blackbird also has a 'shelf' on the right hand side which is composed of a roughly 2sqft area of extra material which is handy for placing those esentials that you want to have nearby.Using a hammock expands many camping options because they do not require flat ground for setup. Oder kennenlernen Warbonnet Outdoors, Blackbird 1.7 Double Layer Hammock Weight Capacity: 375lbs Weight: 40oz Suspension: Adjustable webbing Construction: The Warbonnet Blackbird is made with top of the line materials and is made right here in the USA by a 'cottage industry' (Warbonnet Outdoors) in Colorado.I have been through almost any kind of weather you can think of with this setup and have yet to find any condition where my comfort was compromised in any way.With a properly rigged tarp I have always managed to stay warm and dry.
Hammock single or double layer
I have found that as long as the air temperature is above 65F or so that I do not need any insulation under me.For temps below 65F I needed some kind of under insulation.Using a hammock has proved to be one of the best decisions i have ever made. Using a hammock does involve a fairly steep learning curve to properly be able to hang your hammock and use the appropiate insulation to have maximum comfort.I used pads through the winter of 2010 and was able to comfortably sleep at -10F using a Neo Air pad and a ccf pad, and a 15F sleeping bad with liner and some clothing layers.
The double layer design of the blackbird was excellent at containing the pads and preventing them from sliding around in the hammock.
Field use and thoughts: I have had the Blackbird now for about a year and a half, and have used it from late summer 2010 to present (Winter 2011).
After I learned how to properly set up the hammock to always get about a 30 degree angle of sag on each end I have slept in blissful comfort every night I have used it.
Summary I had always been interested in trying out the world of hammocks, and I finally decided to bite the bullet and buy one.
I was able to score a cosmetic blemish hammock for a bit less than the normal retail price.