now, by nature of the switchback design, the hmmk ends are not "whipped", but instead use a triple stitched sewn channel. the problem attaching a SRL arises due to the bugnetting being sewn into that channel seam- effectively making it impossible to connect a ridgeline to the suspension anchor: they are separated by the channel seam.
when i refer to the "end channel loops", those are simply small loops of orange drawcord also sewn into that channel seam, designed to be inside the bugnetting and utilized to hang gear from, not to be used as load bearing anchors.
the convertible mod allow the net to come off, thereby allowing a ridgeline to attach at suspension / hmmk connection points, just like any other netless hammock. i plan to do exactly as you say, though, just to test the switchback with a ridgeline. i'll be using my fancy new dutch ridgeline biner and lash it adjustable whoopie ridgeline, to experiment with different amounts of sag.
I'v used the Warbonnett Traveler for the last year and the ridgeline was connected to the Whoopie sling suspension at the whipping end of the hammock. Just larks head on the Whoppie slings. That is what I was thinking now that you have the convertible mode, this should be feasible.
"The real man smiles in trouble, gathers strength from distress, and grows brave by reflection."
I'm still hoping to find a Switchback used.
I did however spend a great night in my Blackbird last night. Stiff competition.
I think you'll find if you drop the sag on the SB (like a wbbb or traveler) to incorporate a RL it won't lay
as flat and if you hang the SB for the most comfortable/ flat lay and then attach a RL it
will be very low and always in the way. YMMV
Did the mailman bring your SB today?
i still plan to, maybe ill-advisedly, tweek the heck outta the sag now that i have the opportunity...likely to only confirm that the SB need be hung tight without a ridgeline.
ugh, its unlikely there will be a red, white and blue box on my porch today. it shipped from ohio yesterday, which likely gets it here thursday.
this was made on the trail- before the convertible mod.
some initial first impressions have changed since this was filmed-
most notably the "in-line girth hitch" used to suspend the netting.
that has been switched out to a permanent tautline hitch loop.
the spreader bars: they don't ship with the hmmk. this has been covered though in the tttg forum. darby sent me directions on making them- or the
clark bars will work too, thank to the O&B mod.
comfort is situational and personal. when i speak of "comfort"- i mean overall
hammock design, lay and attributes- i.e. opens sides, lack of ridgeline, symmetrical design, etc.
Enjoyed your pre review.
I agree the tie out are more in the way when using an UQ.
I do use them (shoulders only) during the day when reading and the net is deployed
for bugs. Pre UQ install. It helps spread the net . Have not tried the SB with
Clark spreader bars yet. Tieouts might not be required then.
Good vid rip
This weekend we finally got to try out the SB LH.
I got to sleep in it one night and the wife got it the next night. Both of us had very comfortable nights in it. and we didn't hang it as tight as it probably should have been. We're kinda brainwashed with 30 degree angle.