Originally Posted by cfi on the fly
I too like to side sleep and the BMBH definitely gives you more of a side wall to support your backside. I found I was only really comfortable while sleeping on my back in a RR and I had problems making it through the night like that.
Like you, I found the length needed between trees problematic with the RR. In the end I just decided that there were too many nuances associated with bridge hammocks. .spreader bars, larger wider tarps, weight- and went back to gathered end. I find they support me fairly well in a semi side sleeping position.
Who knows, I may try out another bridge at some point, the testing and experimenting is half the fun for me.
OK, CFI, and thanks for that info! And it shows I am not the only one who sees that extra support on the side as a BMBH plus.
And all of those bridge problems you mention are a bit more so with the WB than the JRBs. Actually, I did not start this thinking in terms of a BMBH vs WBRR thread. But, I guess that comparison will have to be made, especially considering I have both, plus the title of my thread "possible new favorite". The word possible is the key, it's just that I was not that crazy about the UL version at first, but it really seems to be growing on me. Plus, again, I need much more experience with the WBRR before I declare a favorite.
I also can really relate to what you said about going back to non-bridge. I really like a lot of things about a bridge design. I think I am really prone to calf pressure, worse than most folks, and nothing I have tried cures that like a bridge, NOTHING! And probably nothing quite matches them for lack of knee extension and ease of insulating with an UQ. So that is a lot of important pros.
Still, when I headed to the woods yesterday planning to play some more with the WBRR, but forgot the quilt, and it was cold so I just hung my HHSS, I found myself once again thinking about why I bother with all of this. (other than it is just fun to play) I am laying there in what I started with 7 years ago, on my right side(fetal) and as comfortable as it is possible for me to be
. I tend to sleep on my side a lot anyway. Trees don't have to be 15 feet apart, no spreader bars hitting tarps, lighter weight(no 8-10 oz bars), and very warm in the Super Shelter. So why do I even bother?
I'm not sure why. Probably 90% of it is avoiding the dreaded calf pressure, and or knee extension. For example in this HH Explorer UL: I am quite comfy on my back also, but it can have calf pressure and very slight knee extension, although I can usually find a way to get around these, mainly by finding the exact spot. For me, usually with less diagonal in this hammock. However, with one of my other favs, the Claytor No Net, there is even less problem with these, approaching zero. But if I usually end up on my side in fetal anyway, why even worry about that? That is what I kept thinking as I lay there uber comfy in the HHSS yesterday!
I guess another thing is the way superior and no hassle fit of any UQ. Has anyone ever seen a thread here about someone being cold in an UQ used on a bridge hammock? I really don't think there has ever been a single one. But how many such threads do you see for UQs used with non-bridge hammocks? Exactly! A whole bunch. But I could say the same thing about PeaPods, especially used on a narrow hammock like a Claytor. That is a thread I have also never seen" "cant get warm in my PeaPod". And, at least for me, the HHSS has always worked good, just attach it as directed nothing to adjust.
Still, as you can see by the pics in this thread, I remain impressed at the excellent fit and warmth of my JRB UQs on any of my bridge hammocks. So I will keep calling ease of quilt set up and almost guaranteed warmth a major plus, at least compared to many UQs on most non-bridge hammocks.