But I am not down on you, at least not much. I see that this thread was started by BEEP. With a picture and description of the product. Then there was a huge burst of interest and curiosity about the product. You showed up on the scene at about post # 26 or so, saying how much you liked the product. Now I've got to admit that this would have been a good time to say "hey guys, this is my design/idea and GT has decided to manufacture it and I am trying out one of the 1st ones they have made". But you didn't, so that would have been better if you had. It would have saved a lot of questions. At the same time, it's not quite like you murdered some one. Or really, not even like you were trying to rip us off. It just would have been handy to have that fact up front.
Hence my immediate response to you, soon asking "Hey, where did you get this". About the exact same time, Dejoha got one from GT for testing. Not really any different from you, except you might well have a bias. Nothing wrong with a bias. As the Jacks say all the time "Of course, I am biased but this is what I think". We just need to know about the bias up front.
So hang in there Bro, don't take too much offense, as I am not taking much offense at the omitting of that pesky "designer" fact up front. And don't take offense at the "Van down by the River" post, because apparently that was already in your signature or something? ( plus, I got to review that classic SNL clip with two guys who are no longer with us ! )
And again, I'll leave getting upset about the unauthorized use of HF's name ( by GT? )for those who understand what is happening with that.
But one thing I can get on edge is the discussion of a "patent". Can you patent an idea that has been around and manufactured and in common use for years? Boy, I hope not. Sleeping bags with foot openings and top zippers have been around forever. And I have been using my Speer PeaPod for years. I would hate to see anything interfere with the production of these items. The only thing I can see here that is an original idea id the shoulder area opening for the ropes to pass through thus leaving the hood inside the hammock. That is an original idea, and for sure a first for manufacture.