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    Great review, very thorough!

    Reminds me a lot of the Chrysalis. Including weight. Looks very comfy.

    I guess it does not have a pad pocket, neither does the older Chrysalis. If there was a pad pocket dbl layer, it would probably work just as well with a pad as the BMBH does.

    Clearly you would need a separate tarp to keep an UQ dry, if you can get an UQ to fit OK.

    Thanks for the god info!
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    Quote Originally Posted by BillyBob58 View Post
    Great review, very thorough!

    Reminds me a lot of the Chrysalis. Including weight. Looks very comfy.

    I guess it does not have a pad pocket, neither does the older Chrysalis. If there was a pad pocket dbl layer, it would probably work just as well with a pad as the BMBH does.

    Clearly you would need a separate tarp to keep an UQ dry, if you can get an UQ to fit OK.

    Thanks for the god info!
    I dont consider my info to be Godly but your welcome

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    Originally Posted by WV View Post
    How long has this hammock been around?

    This was the first camping hammock that I ever owned. I bought it around 2003. I didn't like the way it tipped over whenever you put something inside of it. Of course, I didn't have the tie outs placed like I should have. It also did not come with any way to attach it to a tree.

    My first night in it I learned about how cold you can get without anything under your back. I don't think that I tried it ever again. Relegated it to the closet. Within a few months I had purchased an HH Explorer. I never pulled the BRCH out again.

    Maybe it's time to try it again. I figure that I have learned a lot more about hammocks in the past eight or nine years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BackPackHiker View Post
    I dont consider my info to be Godly but your welcome
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    Since Lawson seems to be the only hammock that can also act as a bivy, I am thinking that the Chrysalis and the BMBH have to have some really trick features to surpass this added value. Looking forward to the other tests and impressions! Cheers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ghpacific View Post
    Since Lawson seems to be the only hammock that can also act as a bivy,
    Who told you that?

    Plenty of hammocks tout their bivy-ability. Hennessy used to push that strongly in their marketing and there is even an active thread on using the Switchback from TTTG as a bivy. Blackbirds have also enjoyed bivy-use discussions here, plus a few others.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ghpacific View Post
    Since Lawson seems to be the only hammock that can also act as a bivy, I am thinking that the Chrysalis and the BMBH have to have some really trick features to surpass this added value. Looking forward to the other tests and impressions! Cheers.
    I am assuming that you mean Bridge style hammocks?

    otherwise the above that what Cannibal mentioned, and the DD Travel hammock is an excellent bivy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BackPackHiker View Post
    I am assuming that you mean Bridge style hammocks?

    otherwise the above that what Cannibal mentioned, and the DD Travel hammock is an excellent bivy.
    That's what I meant. I was just working within the parameters of the 3 hammocks originally being tested. This test will decide what hammock I end up buying as my one and only. They all seem to be excellent choices, so it helps to have some real world reviews. Thanks!

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    There used to be pics of the BMBH being used as a bivy at their web site, but I can't find them now. Should work just fine though.
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    I have one of these, though I haven't used it in a couple years. I put an amsteel loop and webbing cinch buckle suspension on mine. I used some fabric glue to put a few squares of velcro to address the wandering pad problem (I used a windshield reflector/reflectix pad) but eventually just started putting my thermorest inside my sleeping bag. Also, mine came with a bunch of little clips for securing the edge of a pad. I never tied mine out or had it capsize with me in it. It is pretty heavy but you have to compare its weight to what would be a similar setup of a hammock, tarp, bug net, and weather undercover(the bottom is waterproof). The weight didn't bother me nearly as much as the bulk. It is not very pack friendly. I might give it a spin in the pulk this winter, though.

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