Hip, hip, hooray for the LeighLo suspension
, which I'm happy with.....for an UQ that gets moved from one hammock to another.
But, even without seeing Sgt Rock's video, I'll suggest that for normal people, those not fiddling with gear so much they are swapping out large components, that any fixed approach is superior to one with lengthy cords. We need adjustment and adjustability about as much as we need ALL of the holes in the standards of adjustable bookcases.
I'll suggest that superior to any suspension with extra cordage hanging off is 4 to 8 buttons or ordinary clothing hooks sewn to the gunwales or to tabs sewn to the gunwales of the hammock. Or Dutch's titanium or other bits. None of these pose a threat to self-damage your gear or tear anything else when your stuff gets stuffed.
Match those buttons or hooks to buttonholes or receiving ends sewn in or attached to tabs stitched to the sides and corners of the inside surface of the UQ. Some elastic strap might be part of those tabs, for some give for occupants of different weight or for when you move in the hammock and local stretching shows up someplace else. Shock or draw cord can still occupy channels in the UQ sides or ends, adjusted and snugged up with cord-locks, but none of it need be exposed.
Does this approach require fitting, and maybe a half hour hand sewing for each hammock and UQ? Yes, just as the removable lining to coat or raincoat has to have attachment points fitted.
I have mounted removable fenders on bicycles and attached others for 7 months of unpredictable but likely rain in western Oregon. The fact is, every bike frame is different, and fitting which includes drilling holes is just plain necessary for best protection. The removable fenders, like an adjustable suspension, go out of adjustment, including at mid-ride, and never offer as much protection. Trade-offs.
Last edited by DemostiX; 12-27-2012 at 16:50..