I'm 6' 1" and started first with an HH of the size of an Expedition or UBL. Felt a little cramped. I've moved up to an Explorer---another 10" in finished product---and it is nice.
I'm envious of TeeDee's Safari clone, which is a foot longer still.
Last edited by FanaticFringer; 06-10-2007 at 18:58.
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From my experience with my 12' (fabric) Hennessy style, it is a big difference over the ULBA et. al. One of my ridge lines is over 10', but the shorter ridge line at 113" is much more comfortable.
If I use my shorter ridge line of 113" and add 14" for the end whipping socks the JRB diamond is short by about 6". The MacCat Deluxe at 130" would give me about 3" more than the hammock with whipping socks.
If I use the longer ridge line, which I like much better with under insulation, the ridge line is 125" and adding 14" for the end socks, gets me out to 139", which is too long unless I get Brian to make a custom MacCat. Maybe the Titan?
I like Ed Speers prices on his Cat cut tarp much better and I like his design better over-all. The center tie out on the side allows for some closing in of the ends and the shallower cat cuts gives better coverage. If I can get him to do a custom at 12' on the ridge line at a price I can live with, that would really be ideal for me. The 12' would give me adequate coverage with the long ridge line and more than adequate for the short ridge line without getting too big. I think BB351 uses a 12' ridge line on his BlackCat and I think I read somewhere on the forums that someone was considering or doing a BlackCat with a 14' ridge line.
If Ed declines a 12' cat cut, I may have attempt a DIY cat cut based on his design. I really like it much better. I may even add 2 tie outs in the middle of each side for possible use when the ends are pulled close - not too sure about that though - I think it was slowhike that has already done that. That would give me a 12' ridge line and using the full width of the silnyl I would probably use a width of 8'. The weight would be somewhere between 14 oz to 18 oz which compares favorably with both the MacCat Deluxe and the Speer cat cut.
All in all, 12' ridge line on the tarp would be adequate.
By the way, I'm 5' 8.5" (my discs have shrunk ) and the 12' of fabric is really much more preferable over the 10' of the ULBA. Every time I have tried the ULBA again in the past week or 2, the ULBA just feel soooo much smaller. That 12' really spoils you. I could live with the ULBA again, but I really like getting spoiled with that extra 2'. It gives me a LOT more sag with the shorter ridge line. I have to hang higher, but it's worth it. Even with the long ridge line which gives a sag angle almost the same as the ULBA, the extra room makes it feel like it has more sag. Ed Speer is definitely right - longer is more comfortable.
Last edited by TeeDee; 06-10-2007 at 20:05.