Originally Posted by tjm
I agree that the wider spreader bar on the WBRR will change the direction of the forces that cause your shoulders to roll forward but there will be shoulder squeeze. It is inherent in the design.
I expect the WB RR will be comfortable for a wider range of people than the BMBH due to the wider spreader bar at the head end.
The two minor drawbacks I see from that decision is the very slight weight penalty and the more complex geometry of the UQ.
Looking forward to seeing one at a hang.
One more maybe, same as with the GrizzBridge. And I think the main reason JRB never did respond to many requests ( including from me when I returned my 1st one ( a mistake ) saying I was going to wait for the big boy model) over the years for a wider bridge, though I am just guessing:
The tarp/spreader interaction. There have been a few folks for whom that one problem was the deal breaker. You need a bigger tarp to over come this issue and/or a wider pitch and/or some sort of additional tarp side pull out design to keep the tarp pulled away from the bars. Or a sock/UQ protector. Storm pitches and broadside wind can quickly become a challenge, especially with smaller tarps.
I actually have some smaller spreader bars for the JRB foot end which have little effect on comfort but make it easier for me to close the foot end and stay away from the bars.
Those of you who have dealt with this problem with the JRB: just picture your current tarp jammed up against your spreader bars because you are trying to achieve a storm pitch or trying to close the end "doors" to block the wind. Or you even have a fairly wide pitch, but broadside wind gusts keep slamming the tarp into your ~ 32 wide spreader bars. Now picture the exact same hanging conditions but your bars, which were already in contact with your tarp, are ~ 7" wider.
Seems to me, the wider the spreader bar the greater the tarp challenge. But since Brandon seems to have designed a tarp meant to deal with this very problem, AND has designed socks and UQ protectors to go with this hammock, which should allow wider pitches while maintaining wind protection, all of the above may be a moot point. At least for those who buy the extra goodies designed for this hammock. Which I am very tempted to do! ( Though I feel sure My wife will probably be less enthusiastic than me!)