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    Gathered/Bridge Hammock

    Might be a stupid question....Has anyone ever made a hammock that was a bridge on one end and gathered on the other??


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    Not exactly what you had in mind, but perhaps a start...

    https://hammockforums.net/forum/show...id-dog-hammock

    And this: https://www.hammockforums.net/forum/...0Mode%20Bridge

    Please show us what you come up with.

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    There is a commercial product like that out there that was discussed back in the summer 4 months ago or so. Think it was a go fund me product launch.

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    Grizz tried it. See Otter1's second link. https://www.hammockforums.net/forum/...0Mode%20Bridge
    Last edited by WV; 12-15-2019 at 13:04.

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    Just by chance I was watching an episode of World's Greatest Ships the other day, featuring HMS Belfast. This ship is the sole survivor of the British ships that bombarded the Normandy coast on D-Day. It's now a floating museum in London.

    The crew of 950 men were crammed in cheek-by-jowl and slept in hammocks strung everywhere. I noticed these hammocks were gathered on one end, but had a spreader bar on the other.

    I never would have noticed this detail if I hadn't gotten started on this hobby 7 months ago.

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    KennethKramm on youTube has built one of these style hammocks. He's an interesting dude that like to experiment with hammocks.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HCxJlycb0IU

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    Quote Originally Posted by Canadark View Post
    Just by chance I was watching an episode of World's Greatest Ships the other day, featuring HMS Belfast. This ship is the sole survivor of the British ships that bombarded the Normandy coast on D-Day. It's now a floating museum in London.

    The crew of 950 men were crammed in cheek-by-jowl and slept in hammocks strung everywhere. I noticed these hammocks were gathered on one end, but had a spreader bar on the other.

    I never would have noticed this detail if I hadn't gotten started on this hobby 7 months ago.
    http://hmascastlemaine.org.au/pics/Hammock.jpg

    A version of a Royal Navy with a spreader bar probably.

    https://theultimatehang.com/2013/01/...clew-tutorial/

    Kinda the precursor to the 'Backyard' spreader bar fabric hammocks basically.

    There is also this style-
    https://collections.rmg.co.uk/collec...ts/201246.html

    Though this seemed more of a medical device or sick bed primarily... though if you squint a bit and stretch the imagination it's not too hard to make a leap to the REI hammock (the bridge that is not a bridge).

    Technically- NONE of these designs are bridge hammocks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TrailSlug View Post
    KennethKramm on youTube has built one of these style hammocks. He's an interesting dude that like to experiment with hammocks.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HCxJlycb0IU
    HMMM- shove a spreader into an ENO huh?

    That's what he did there which is neat.
    Though I can't quite spot how he prevented collapse of the fabric (the gathered end tends to 'regather' when you load it). But given his three tree rig maybe that helps if he gathers the fabric to each side before he climbs in.

    Must be a light guy or using a stiff pole.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Problem Child View Post
    Might be a stupid question....Has anyone ever made a hammock that was a bridge on one end and gathered on the other??


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    If you own a bridge- take out a spreader bar and you'll get the basic idea.
    Works better with a sleeping pad.

    There have also been a few folks who shoved a spreader bar into a gathered end. They basically take a narrower GE hammock (like a 48-58" wide x 9' or 10') and add a few webbing pockets to the edge to open it up.
    It does mostly work in that you can sleep in line rather than finding an angle but it tends to fall in the butt area and make UQ fit tricky at best.

    As far as bridge one end/Gathered end on the other- I guess technically I have one though the spreader bar is on the gathered end side and you need a pad to make it work.
    I don't show it off as I'm still working on it, but...

    Some of my SUL full size bridges are getting down into the 11 ounce range with spreaders. So the reason to pursue that other design (weight) isn't really a factor for me these days.

    The only real advantage that the hybrid design does provide is a better in camp lounging experience. One thing you do lose in a bridge is that ability to slide to one end and sit up for reading or relaxing.
    With having one end gathered you can pull yourself up into a more vertical seated position, then slide yourself down to sleep. The bedspace is like one quarter of an ellipse if you can picture that.
    It's kinda neat- but it's more of a party trick than a truly useful design. It was more oriented to UL backpackers who need a pad but don't want to deal with a hammock too much.

    So no... not a dumb idea. Just one I find harder to justify given other options personally.

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