Originally Posted by R00K
Otherwise a $15 GTUL seems to make more sense than a $150+ version of what seems to be just about the same thing. I still haven't found the hammock for me I suppose and it would surely help if there was clearer info out there.
Rook, to start with, most of this stuff is made in the good ol' USA by locals. The cost of labor in China or Malaysia is a lot cheaper. Add to that the cost of materials, equipment & a little profit thrown in & you'll have to spend more money.
The Switchback has double zippers - one down each side. You can see out of it about twice as much as with a WBBB. It has a cavernous bug net with loops sewn across the bug netting on each end. You put a stick or an actual bar in there and it holds it open much more. 4 tie outs and a double thick bottom. Decender rings as part of the suspension - actually purchased by Darby from a mountaineering company. The list goes on.
Theres a photo of a SB 1.1d in blue in my gallery. I didn't have any sticks in the bugnet, but you can see the grossgrain across the end of the bugnet. The orange shockcord comes with it.
I've never seen a DD; however, from photos they look similar.