Originally Posted by clwilla
I'm still interested in the [I]idea[I] of hanging gear from a ridge line. It just seems so much more convenient to get at oft used night items (water, light, etc) thank having to dig through a pack. I suppose a hefty set of trial and error is in my near future.
Yeah, go for the RL. Always useful for quick set up, plus hanging some items you would like closer by when you are in the hammock, especially lighter items. You can always use RL plus spreader bars. And, of course, one of the major benefits of the top loader design always was the ability to reach outside the hammock to where some of your stuff is, on the ground beside you. So, there are all kinds of acceptable ways to store and get to your gear with this hammock. The spreader bars are just a really cool additional way of hanging gear that the BMBH has that is unique to that hammock.