Originally Posted by tight-wad
Forgive me if I missed it in one of your videos, but can you give some pros and cons for having a different width for the head and foot ends of a bridge hammock? I donít imagine it is purely for the weight savings of having less fabric on the foot end because that would be minuscule. So there must be a comfort issue?
Hey tight-wad, I've been off adventuring and didn't see this question until now.
Two pros for a narrow foot end. First, it lessens the problem of spreader bars interfering with the tarp. In windy conditions I like to point the foot end of my hammock (any hammock) into the wind and put a beak on that end of the tarp. A narrower foot lets one close the sides in a little more at the foot, get a little more coverage lower. Second, a narrower foot seems to offer more resistance to the hammock rotating on the axis between apex of suspension triangle. I think it has to do with mis-matching the angular moments of enertia but I don't do enough statics to be sure of that prognosis.
One con is that the hammock becomes narrower and it is harder to bring your knees up.
In the various GBs I've made the foot end has ranged from 24" to 36". I now think a good compromise between the pros and cons is in the 26"-30" range.