To all Hammock Forum members : We, Darby & Smithobx (Dale & John) are opening a custom gear shop mainly for the hammocking community. The name of our shop is Tree to Tree Trail Gear and our e-mail for orders or questions is firstname.lastname@example.org. Our website is under construction, so the present way to reach us is email or PM, and if you include your phone #, we will call you back as soon as possible. As soon as we get our website up & running we will have a phone # posted for your convenience.
We have designed a hammock, which we call the Switchback, incorporating the features we think are needed in a rugged, trail worthy shelter, balancing comfort with durability & weight. our design is roomier inside than some others, making it easier to change clothes, or switch head ends without leaving or unzipping the hammock. Because of its depth, the Switchback works well with Exped/BA type insulated pads & is not as tippy as some other models when you raise the center of gravity 3.5" to 4". Of course, the Switchback has been tested & works well with most commercially available underquilts. We also added tie-outs at each end on opposite sides to add to the roominess. With the Switchback, you also have the option of using spreader bars on the top of the netting (rigging is included), or if you want even more head room, you can set up without the spreader bars. The Switchback incorporates a full length zipper on both sides with pockets sewn on each end which makes it possible to use either end as the head end, no matter on which side you prefer the zipper. The double zipper also allows the user to open the netting on the Switchback on both sides and secure it in a raised configuration. This greatly increases ventilation and is also a nice feature for star gazers. Please see the photos below for clarification of this setup. There are two interior loops, one at each end on the bottom of the Switchback to secure clothes bags, pillows ect. These loops are sewn in the channel so as not to degrade the structural integrity of the fabric. The Switchback also has two interior loops sewn to the net suspension for lights, clothes line, and a non structural ridgeline if the user so desires.
The Switchback is cut to minimize shoulder squeeze and to allow for a good flat diagonal lay or a comfortable lay straight down the center line. In short, the Switchback is not cut rectangularly. We are making the Switchback in the following configurations; Single layer-1.1 or 1.9 breathable. Double layer- 1.1 or 1.9 with a lightweight taffeta liner. Colors are dictated by the availability of fabrics. We currently have the Switchback available in a woodland brown, either single or double layer. The taffeta liner is currently available in woodland green & black.
We would like to thank all those who gave us their input & encouragement. The Switchback is the result of endless discussions on many three to seven hour drives to hiking & fly fishing destinations and enough prototypes (that didn't work)to fill a 55 gallon trash drum. Oh well, we now have plenty of stuff sack material.
We want to give special thanks to Angry Sparrow for helping with the field testing and offering constructive suggestions & criticism where needed.
General Specs are as follows:
1. Dimensions: 120" x 52"
2. Weight: 1 lb 15 oz (w/o suspension)
3. Two full length zippers w/ dbl tab pulls
4. Single or double layer
5. Two interior loops
6. Two interior net loops
7. Two exterior tie outs
8. Two interior pockets
9. Channel end design
Prices: (Hammock only)
1.9 dbl layer $180.00
1.9 single layer $170.00
1.1 dbl layer $190.00
1.1 single layer $180.00
Our best to all and happy hanging !!!