Sooooo, when can I get one??
Grizz, that's the ultimate system! I just hope my DIY skills improve drastically!
Thanks for sharing a fantastic wilderness sleeping system!
Your always enjoyable videos can be counted on to teach me how to improve something in my systems, even though I will likely never DIY a bridge hammock. Thank you.
Great video, Grizz! I'm feeling quite privileged that this amazing piece of engineering representing tons of hours of your labor and brainpower is now being shipped to my house! i hope to use it before then, but my next multi-day backpacking trip will likely be N. California in August. i've always brought friends from home but how do you hammock people arrange hiking partners? anyway, i'll chime in again after receiving this masterpiece to make everyone a bit more jealous!
That is the fastest 9 minute HF video I have watched. Must be from coming in at 8:56 that maintains the pace. Or a tight script and preparation.
There are some outstanding features of your setup of the UQ suspension and the exposition that are instructive to gathered-end hammock use.
First, by installing as you do,with the hammock inverted, those several seconds where the suspension corners are being tensioned out to the corners of the hammock show the ideal vectors of tension that is only sloppily being hinted at in many UQ hangs.
Second, the light line on the sides is so thin and no heavier than needed for its task. Grabbed by small hooks to be sure the sides are held fast? No reason why those with channels in their UQ's cannot cut long windows in the gros-grain channels to let small brassiere or mitten hooks-- sewn to the hammock side -- grab the line in the channel. IMO, it should be that fishing line you use. But those who think they need shock cord in the channel can also let that rest on hooks for the night.
Third, the total shock cord for the UQ suspension has been trimmed to a minimum. You know the throw needed, and you can estimate the needed strength by experiment in order to shave the last gram. Very neat. Just like coming in 4 seconds under 9 minutes.
PS: Somewhere in this thread, would you comment on your choice of fabrics for the bed? You haven't chosen the stiffest; and for fleeting seconds of localized stretching, my eyes are uncertain that you are as flat as you claim to be.
Covered this a little in the first video. This hammock is for someone who weighs 40 lbs less than me, made of 1.1 oz ripstop. The one I made for myself uses 1.9 oz ripstop, and has less stretch in it. I'd have to use a 1.1 bed for a while and keep a close eye on stitching for holes opening up before weighing in on whether this fabric is safely strong enough in the long term for me.PS: Somewhere in this thread, would you comment on your choice of fabrics for the bed? You haven't chosen the stiffest; and for fleeting seconds of localized stretching, my eyes are uncertain that you are as flat as you claim to be.
I actually have not made claims on flatness, or rather, my understanding of flatness is more nuanced than your statement suggests you know. A while back there was a thread that sparked some discussion on it, here. To save the gentle reader from the necessity of going through all of that again, I will summarize my understanding of flatness with two points. One, borrowed from Pan, is that what can be flat is a line through the body mass, where (naturally then) you'll have the heaviest part sink lower in the hammock than the legs. That's hard to get in a gathered end hammock because of the curved line of suspension support that goes right through the center of the hammock body, leading people to support their knees with pillows and the like. The second point is that to actually achieve that straight line means adjusting how far the ends of the hammock are pulled apart. Too little and you get a banana shape. Too much and you can pull up the middle too high to be comfortable, a so-called "inverted banana".
A rather long-winded (would you expect anything less from me?) explanation that your eyes do not deceive, that hammock is bulging from below right there at my gluteus maximus...as it should lest I feel like I'm laying on a floor without any back support.
I am very impressed. Good work on the video and the hammock. Which took longer to make?