I've been investigating the various types of hammocks, and given my history of back issues and my propensity to sleep on my side, I think I'm leaning toward a bridge hammock. First though, I need to get some nitty gritty details that I haven't had so much luck digging up.
I see two potential issues with this sort of hammock. First, it seems like it might be a little more hinky to set up. It would seem it really needs to be pretty darn close to level, where a gathered end hammock would just let me shimmy around to find a level spot in the arc. Seems it would also need a little more specific setup site.
The other is weight. I plan on doing a thru-hike on the AT in the next couple years, and weight is one (lesser) reason I'm considering a hammock over a tent. I would think a bridge hammock would be a bit heavier overall than a gathered end hammock. I have a few ideas already for cutting down on the weight and bulk, and my small stature (5'8ish and about 150lbs) should let me keep it pretty compact.
Anybody who's familiar with this flavor of hammock able to either confirm or dispel my impressions, and offer some advice? It will definitely be a DIY project, and I'm already reading through a tutorial thread GrizzlyAdams posted a few years ago.