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  1. #11
    alifeoutdoors's Avatar
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    Aug 2010
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    I'm 6' even and a fetal side sleeper so I've never benefited really from the 11 foot hammock and went back to my original Blackbird. Just never really noticed any improvement in an 11' hammock so I stick with 10' for the benefit of lighter weight and slightly more tarp coverage. (I realize its not much). Less extra fabric is definitely an extra boon. Took me ten years and more money than I want to admit to come back to the hammock I originally started with (though the Wookie had a lot to do with that). Well a decade before that I dipped my toes into Hennessy but UQ's weren't a thing yet so I didn't return to hammocks for several years.
    Once you're lost in twilight's blue, you don't find your way, the way finds you.

  2. #12
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    Jun 2012
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    NW, U.S.A. & Pink Mountain, B.C.
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    I am 5' 3" I went back and fourth on the xlc. I bought the latest model BB. I know I needed a left lay from past experience. I was concerned about my feet not reaching the foot box plus I have found voluminous GE hammocks are a P.I.T.A. for me to exit from.

    My daughter has a XLC BB she likes my bird better.

    I required time and using a variety of hammocks before I LEARNED what I need to have my best hang. I think the XLC is now a good design for everyone. However most of the features of the XLC are great for someone discovering what fits their needs. The left or right lay is very helpful. I bought a lit of hammocks before I discovered I am left lay. To me the rest is fluff, nice but added weight and fiddle.
    For my needs and wants my BB is perfect.

  3. #13
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    On a side note, my goto hammock is a 10.5'. I figured I would split the difference. I only use the BB a few times a year when the bugs may be out.

  4. #14
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    May 2010
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    Germany
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    I'm 5'4" and own both models. For hiking, the regular BB is my go-to hammock, because it's comfortable enough for me, and it's lighter, simpler and I get better coverage with an 11' tarp. But the longer models are somewhat more comfortable, even though I'm short. So I'm using them at home as a bed replacement, or when weight is not an issue. If you can, try both and see if the BB is comfortable enough for you.

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