Bridge hammock with bottom entry
This is my first time posting here, but after recently missing out on a great deal on a Hennessy Hammock ($60 at REI scratch-n-dent), I've been intrigued by the idea of hammock camping. I have a screwed-up back, and sleeping on the ground on a self-inflating thermarest can get pretty brutal.
Due to those back problems, though, I've been looking away from the HH, and instead become interested in the bridge hammock design. The one feature I really dig about the Hennessy design, though, is the bottom entry slot, where you just sit down and lift up your legs, and the hammock snaps shut.
Can anyone comment on the feasibility of doing this in a DIY design, and whether it would work well on a bridge hammock? For that matter, can you give me an idea how well DIY bridge hammocks compare to the Jacks-R-Better design when it comes to actual comfort and laying flat? I'd like to build my own and save a few bucks, but if the JRB hammocks are superior to DIY designs, I might just bite the bullet and buy one.
bottom entry bridge hammock
I tend to hang my bridge "low" because the spreader bars are "high" and interfere with the tarp. That would be a consideration for a bottom entry.
The spreader bars would need to be pretty firmly attached to the corner ends, because you'll probably need to lift up the end of the hammock to get to an entry slot. So they shouldn't joggle out when moved around.
The slot would need to be oriented 90 degrees from what it is on a Henessey, e.g. it needs to be cut parallel to the short end, because the stress on the fabric is oriented 90 degrees from what it is on a HH. It would not close automatically close the way it does on a HH.
RamblinRev...maybe you could try this on yours...sounds like this an issue for you too.