Originally Posted by Hetairoi
However, there are plenty of videos and threads discussing the differences in just about all the hammocks available, including the Switchback. One of the greatest benefits to attending the group 'hangouts' is the ability to try out and view many different styles of hammocks without having to purchase.
There are other things that make it different and many are listed on the manufactures site under the 'detailed description' for each product.
I know the info exists if you search HF hard enough, and I've gone to MAHHA every time they've held one since I found out about them, but I was just talking about the websites and making a better effort to show (with photo or video) what makes the product unique.
Originally Posted by rodwolfy
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.
I was just talking about the standard asym gathered end. Not the bug net models.
It seems like the difference in the standard asym gathered hammocks is primarily in dimensions and type of fabric used, and in really small features like an extra tie-out. I just don't see the $50-$150 difference from a $20 GT or Eno hammock (and enos are made in the USA).