My birthday was in late Feb, and my Mommy (ok, I'm 44...) gave me a check and said get yourself something nice. I got a WBBB 1.0 DL (i). (Thanks Mom!)
I normally DIY my stuff (I have 3 hammocks I've made), but thought it was time to get myself something nice... that didn't take me tons of time to make...
The BB showed up on Thursday, along with a set of toggles from my new friend Syb from the PIF thread. (Thanks Syb!)
It came in a nice double-ended stuff sack. I elected for the line and strap suspension. I already had some whoopies made from Smurf-me-Blue 7/64ths amsteel I got from Dutch the Marathon Man. so I pulled the amsteel line off the BB, and put my whoopies on. I ran out to the back yard, where I have Mule tape permanently wrapped around the support posts for my patio cover. I hung my new BB.
At first I was a little dismayed. All my DIY hammocks are HUGE in comparison to the BB. My (former) favorite is a 10' 1.1 SL made from fabric I got from BackwoodsDayDreamer. The BB really looked small in comparison. I'm basically 6' tall, and I was concerned that it wouldn't be comfortable, or have a lot of calf pressure.
I crawled in and was immediately amazed. My feet immediately found the footbox. Calf pressure was minimal, (If I pull one knee off to one side, it goes away). The 1.0 fabric had me concerned for a moment, but it held my 200# bulk without a groan, and is really comfortable. (I'll never sleep on 1.7 ripstop again.) Outside temps were 55, but I didn't notice for about 5 minutes as I closed my eyes... The shelf is perfectly placed, and easily accessed.
With the double-ended stuffsack, setup was quick and easy. When I put it away, I wrapped the end of the whoopie sling and the loop on my toggle around the cordlock for the foot-end. That way, I can grab the toggle and whoopie, pull them out and setup immediately.
All I have to say is: I thought I wanted a lefty, but this is quite comfortable as-is. I'm headed to the desert tomorrow, and I'll probably spend Saturday night out in the BB with my AHE Lost River UQ. For now, I'm really happy how this turned out.
Next purchase: a BBO from Paul at AHE...