Originally Posted by WV
This project has probably expanded from what you originally thought, with all the factors people have suggested, BackPackHiker. I hope you'll have the time and energy to do all this testing, because there have been a lot of good ideas offered. I thought of sending you BER's Cloud
bridge to test, as well, but decided against it, because it's not commercially available to others, and besides, BER improved on it with his version 3, and there may be a version 4 by now. In that same vein, Angry Sparrow has a Griz Bridge that he has shared with quite a few people. We had the opportunity to compare it with the Cloud Bridge at the Mt. Rogers Hang a couple of years ago. Again, it's a DIY hammock, and I think you do well to limit your tests to models that can be purchased by more people.
Now, having simplified your task, I'm going to complicate it. I think you should enlist a panel of testers - as many as possible - to offer their opinions on the comfort of these hammocks. Further, you should try to arrange for each tester to spend a night in each hammock. Of course, the test group should include people of all shapes and sizes - maybe some with experience with bridge hammocks and some newbies, too. I know that's a tall order. My $.02. Good luck.
Originally Posted by BackPackHiker
Hello, I will PM you about the cloud bridge. I think that is a great idea and I was planning to get two other people to sleep in the hammocks and give thier feedback. I am average size 5' 10' 160lb. I have a friend who is 6' 2 and about 220-250 and my brother who is 5' 4' and about 160. So I think that will give everyone a idea of how that hammock sleeps small medium and large people. And yes this is becoming a big project but I think it will be worth it in the long run.
While I am flattered the you and WV would consider using one of my DIYs in your review, I don't think that it fits in with the others. They are simple no nonsense netless, endcap-less DIY. They are not commercially available and will not be in the future unless someone else decides to make something similar. I have already written up the Cloud in it's own thread, and improved on it with my Cirrus hammock (also written up).
If you really want a noncommercial comparison, one of the GrizzBridges would probably be more appropriate as his quality and engineering is as close as one could hope for as a "nearly commercial" grade DIY. That being said, if you really want to use it for comparison sake, I will send you the Cirrus, but not with the intent of being reviewed--more of a comparison of comfort based on dimensions for your own satisfaction. I will send you a PM with a chart of dimensions that I have garnered that may/may not be helpful.