WB Traveler input
Ok, so I made a recent purchase of a WBBB, and after a few test drives found that it wasn't for me. Call me crazy, but I didn't like the closed in feeling with the net, and didn't like ducking under the side tie-out to get in & out. The shelf was cool, but not enough to out weigh the other stuff. Guess I'm just an open hammock kind of a gal. Luckily the Blackbird is such an awesome hammock I was able to find it a new home very quickly.
I've been using a Trek Light double this past summer and like it a lot. Comfy & simple. The only negative I've found is that after I get my optimal diagonal position, there's a lot of excess fabric flapping near my head & sides. I can almost wrap the extra fabric across myself. Not a big deal, but a minor annoyance. So now I'm wondering about a WB Traveler???? Same length as my TL double, but 13 inches narrower. TL double is 120 X 78, Traveler is 120 X 65. The Traveler is closer in width to a Trek Light single @ 120 X 60.
Any input from folks who have used either a Trek Light or Eno double, and also a Traveler would be lovely. Does the difference in width make that big of a difference in comfort. I'm 5'6" tall, and lets just say I'm more "full-figured" than "waif-like."
The Traveler is a very nice, simple, open, gathered end hammock.
It is narrower than a double, certainly, but it's still not a tiny hammock. There's plenty of room for folks quite a bit taller than you to be comfortable in. But when you lay on the diagonal, there will indeed be less extra fabric.
Note that the Traveler has whipped ends, rather than just a sewn end-channel like the ENO and Trek Lite. That means that the fabric spreads out from the end a little differently (like the BlackBird). Most people find them very comfortable.
I switched from a BlackBird to a Traveler. I only have 5 nights in the Traveler, but I find it very comfortable. I had the same issues with the BB as you.
The Traveler seems quite large to me, but then, I am rather small.
I am also leaning towards favoring my Traveler over my BB. The Traveler is still quite large and I did experience some extra fabric sag, but it wasn't enough to bother me. I am only 5' 2" so it might not be as much of an issue if you are a bit taller. If it is a problem, then maybe you could attach some pullouts?
I love em both.. My traveler is my full time hammock at home.. I am 5ft. 10", I like the little extra fabric for chair mode, also I can really dig in on the diagonal..
i've basically switched to my traveller from my wbbb-- i'm 5'8" - and the traveller is roomy without being too big. i like the open feeling as well.
Ok....so I'm not feeling as bad now. I'm not the only one who didn't love the Blackbird. Thanks for all the input. Keep it coming.
Howdy Cataraftgirl, I really liked my BB right up until I tried my new Traveler. I still like the BB but the Traveler just seems more comfortable for me.
There is some extra fabric but I don't find it flappy at all. I must admit I really like the open feeling. I'm going to keep the BB for my camping trips when I might encounter bugs but I am going to use my Traveler any time I'm not concerned about bugs.
I DO like the darn BB shelf though.....:rolleyes:
Get the Traveler. It is a great netless hammock. I know for a fact that it is better hammock for sleeping in than my Double Eno is. I find that there is no problems with excess fabric because of the way the Traveler is constructed.
for those thinking of the pro's con's of the blackbird, in regard to an above post-
if you feel closed in with the net zipped up unzip it and throw it over the ridgeline...
if you don't like ducking under the side tie-outs don't tie them out, i've probably got
40 nights in a blackbird and have only used the tie-outs once.
For a lot of us the lay of the Traveler is the same as in the Blackbird..one question is do
you always want to carry a bug net--most people do, so either its attached or separate but it's still in your pack.