Originally Posted by Grinder
I'm debating adding side pullouts. I've never used them before
The pullouts provide tension to keep the bug net from sagging. They also open the body up a bit which is nice getting in and out. I don't think they effect the lay of the hammock when occupied, that's all in the length, width, whip and sag of the body and the angle of the occupant across the axis.
In a hammock without a bug net I probably would not bother with pullouts, just one more thing to screw around with. When I was working out the design for my DIY hammock I got some tarp grippers and experimented with tie out placement. That drove the shape of my bug net, shelf and foot box.
One thing I did that I would NOT recommend is that I used multiple pullouts on the entry side of the hammock body. I really like this until I tried to get my UQ to hug it. Is simply could not eliminate the air gap under my right shoulder. Loosening just on of the pullouts resolved that.
The Blackbird does have multiple pullout points but there is more fabric in the body than there is with mine so it does not effect the body like it does on mine.