Very nice. Appreciate the clear detailed step by step on the video.
As you note, the biggest weight saver is the use of the hiking poles as spreaders. One outside the box idea I have had (actually I don't remember ever being in the box
) is to reorient the hammock 90 degrees and instead of using spreader bars to hold it open, use lines in tension to hold it closed. The lines would replace the spreader bars. Since you would be 90 degrees from the normal hang, the suspension lines would run from each side to the trees. That is, the shoulder and foot on the left to one tree and the shoulder and foot on the right to the other tree.
I know you did some work along this line staking out the sides of one of your early bridge hammocks with somewhat limited success. But if I recall the primary suspension was still head and foot rather than left and right. This whole idea is something like what happens when you sit in a gathered end hammock.
Has anyone tried this with a bridge. I will admit I haven't been keeping up like I should.