Originally Posted by GrizzlyAdams
So I had my DMB out tonight, doing a bit of a shake-down before heading out for the trail next week. I remembered this conversation, and so yanked the spreader bar from the foot end. Otherwise left everything the same as when I'm up in full blown bridge mode.
It wasn't bad at all. Two things of particular note. On the positive side, the hammock was far far less "tippy" as I move around. On the negative side, the hammock isn't flat down by the knees and legs, and there's the same sort of hyper-extension as you can get with a gathered end hammock. I think that would be solved easily enough with a pillow or something under the knees. With the wide space up by the shoulders, and adequate space around the hips, this could be quite a viable way to sleep on your back. Not so good for the side or stomach though.
I was intrigued by this and so I pulled the spreader off the foot end. It isn't that bad but I think it would be better to have some spread. So I took one 18" of the .625 pole and put it in there. I think that's a nice compromise and should be fine. I'll sleep in it tonight and see if it's any less comfortable. this will be nice keep that width down to prevent tarp issues and you can save a little weight.