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    Trail Lair Wall Shelf vs Blackbird Shelf

    I am curious if the wall shelf that Jared makes for the Trail Lair is similar to the beloved shelf on the Blackbird. I read the description, but having never seen either one in person it is difficult for me to visualize. My gut is that they are not the same concept at all but I was hoping someone out there might be familiar with both and give me some insight. Thanks!

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    They are not the same concept at all. The wall shelf hangs from the ridgeline to the side of the hammock. The blackbird shelf hangs off the side. Both work very well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cory Hess View Post
    My Trail Liar came in today! It's fantastic, as one would expect from Jared. Unfortunately, I have a graduation party to head out to, so I couldn't take a ton of time taking pictures. I snapped a few that will hopefully show what the Wall Shelf is, but they're not anything that would be used in promotional materials. I'll get some better pictures tomorrow when I have more time.

    The Wall Shelf is pretty much exactly what Gadget guessed. It's an extra large ridge line organizer. What makes it different, and in my opinion genius, is that there are elastic straps coming off of the lower corners that attach to small D-rings that are sown into the net at the zipper. This keeps it running parallel to the net and out of the way while allowing it to be large enough that I don't foresee needing any other storage in/on my hammock. It also keeps everything about even with your chest where it's easily accessible. No reaching up and craning your neck to find what you need. It's too early to call myself a huge fan, but I'm pretty excited about this.

    Here are my quick and dirty pictures of it hanging in my unphotogenic basement:







    As you can see it doesn't extend all the way down to the zipper, but I was able to tuck a CDT between the elastic straps and the net and keep it off of me but within easy reach.
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    Thank you for reposting those pictures, Peppy. I hadn't seen SLD's wall shelf, and was curious to know what it looked like. Worth a thousand words, as they say.

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    Awesome. That helps a lot, Thank you so much. I appreciate it.

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    Happy to help guys!
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    Thank you for the photos. I was imagining something like the "shelf" some tents offer that is suspended at the crown with the for corners pulled to and toggled into loops. The big ridge line organizer that is pulled out of the way makes sense. My concern with the BlackBird is the bug net material is holding the gear. If something should tear - it tears the bug net. If something is a ridge line organizer tears - the bug net isn't harmed. I like the separation of duties - that's why I'm fond of the "saddle bags" on the Ridge Runner.

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