Hi all...thought I would give you my opinion on the new HBS that I just picked up off AT Classifieds.
The weather was about 40deg and a 30+ NW wind. Dropped down to 32deg just before sundown. All I was wearing was camo jeans and a Camo long sleeved shirt...no extra long underwear or anything. I got up in the stand and put on my harness...a must as far as I am concerned with the HBS. I had tried it on at home so I was familiar with putting it on. When I started putting it on I somehow got the upper part of it under my stand and was standing on the middle part...weird I know it but it happened. I got that all figured out and got situated in it. I practiced slipping out of it and it was pretty quiet and worked well.
I will say that that thing was very warm. The only thing that got chilly was my melon head because I forgot to bring my hat! It was very comfortable and I didn't feel awkward in it in the least. One thing I do have a complaint about was the criss-cross straps that you put over you. When I was sitting down I was moving my head back and forth looking around and the straps were cutting into the side of my neck. I loosened the straps all the way up but they still bothered me. As I was sitting there I figured out what I was going to do to take care of the problem. When I got home I made some fleece covers for the elastic straps. I will try them out the next time I go out and see if they help. I will give it a better...colder...try out in the near future, but this thing is pretty awesome!