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    bad bridge hammock lay?

    Has anyone ever tried a bridge hammock and found it uncomfortable? I can't find one to try out but I figure if there aren't any people with bad experiences its worth a try.

    Thanks

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    Had 2 different bridge hammocks. Both of them kinda reminded me of a cot in a way. Not really "bad" experiences.

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    I am not a fan of normal bridges. I have found them very uncomfortable. A number of us in the bridge community use the Eureka Chrysalis. Ask those who have used it and other bridges and many will say it is the most comfortable bridge they have used.
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    A JRB Bridge is near bout my all around favorite hammock. But it is very different and took some getting used to. The main thing that turns people off seems to be how narrow it is in the shoulders, and perceived shoulder squeeze. In fact I returned my 1st one due to this. But obviously I got another one and have grown quite fond of it.

    So, I don't think there is actual shoulder squeeze. It does force your shoulders ( unless you add a wide pad ) to assume the curve of the hammock. A similar position as though you slightly curved your shoulders forward with bad posture. If you want to know what this position is, just lay on your back in your bed and put your left hand over your right elbow and rt hand under left elbow. ( Which is very similar to how I lay on my back anyway) For me, doing this slightly rounds my shoulders. If I do this in the JRB, the hammock will just be contacting my shoulders. This does not at all bother me, but it might bother you. So you need to sleep in one or be able to return it. Me, I always note the lack of shoulder room, then quickly ignore it because I am so comfortable. Or, I just turn ever so slightly to my side, and then the shoulder room is about as good as other hammocks. Also, you will need to have a large enough tarp or use tie outs to avoid rubbing the spreader bars, and it is not the lightest hammock out there.

    OTOH, and only IMHO, except possibly for the HH Safari, no other hammock matches it for comfort from about waist down, and most especially in the legs/knees. It is for me the only hammock 100% free of knee or calf discomfort and side "torque" 100% of the time It is the best lounger due to best back support. It is best for side position unless you need to have your knees really bent into fetal, then it is not so good. It is the best hammock to use with a pad, hands down no competition( IMO ). I think it's narrowness makes it easier to stay tucked under a TQ and avoid drafts than my other hammocks, maybe it's just my imagination. And finally(not my imagination), it is best for consistent hassle free, draft free use with a JRB MW UQ ( and maybe other UQs also). Head to toe, side to side warmth that I can not roll off of, never with any drafts from a poor adjustment or fit. Just always works on 1st try. So that is for me a long list of 1st places or at least tied for 1st.

    Then again, despite all those positives from my view, there is that shoulder thing again. So, you need to try one because you might love it above all other hammocks, or you might hate it. Hard to say.

    There is a bridge hammock from Canada, Eureka Chrysalis.. It has no shoulder issues at all, period, and it has a wide open view to both sides, and great leg comfort. Really great hammock. But I still actually prefer my JRB very slightly for side comfort ( except I can bend my knees up all the way in the Chrysalis). And anyway, the Chrysalis weighs about twice as much as my already heavy JRB, though not a problem for car camping or canoeing/kayaking.
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    My opinion is bascially a a rehash of Billy Bob's.

    I typically use a z-rest ccf pad or my BA insulated aircore pad to give my JRB BMBH a more structure along the bottom.

    Since I am only 5'6" tall, the pad completely removes any issues with the sides of the hammock touching my shoulders. It is like sleeping in a bed.

    But that pad does make the hammock a bit tippy to get into. [you can think of it like a kayak or canoe, shacky to get into or out of, but stable once you are in].

    You can visualize the shape of a gathered end hammock as a banana and the shape of a bridge hammock as half of a soda can. The curve tends to roll your shoulder forward. Again this shoulder roll is completely removed for me with a pad or mitigated for me without a pad by side sleeping.

    For me the bridge really excels in the winter, I use my summer TQ as a second UQ and a winter bag as a top quilt. The UQs double up easily with no drafts.

    Again visualize the quilts as sheets of paper and the bridge as half of a soda can - very easy to make the two shapes have full contact.

    Conversely, visualize the quilts as sheets of paper and the gathered end hammock as a banana not as easy to make the two shapes have full contact.

    It is not the most UL hammock. But when want SUL, I go to ground.
    Love my JRB BMB

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    I absolutely love sleeping in a bridge, but they suck to just relax in..
    The first time I tried a bridge, I hated it. I was just not used to it but after a couple of nights in a bridge I found it to be the most comfortable hammock to sleep in.

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    OK, so what would be the difference between a Crystalist, JRB & say Brandon's or Grizz's?

    Is there a way to make it for wider shoulders?

    What about use of an UQ? I've heard that they actually work better with an UQ than a standard gathered end. Is there any truth to this?

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    bridge

    Thanks for the help. I'm 5'8" and very narrow so this might be a good fit. I think i would usa a x-therm or x-lite with a quilt for insulation. I'll probably try to put one together in the near future.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boomer View Post
    OK, so what would be the difference between a Crystalist, JRB & say Brandon's or Grizz's?
    I have a question on this. I'm assuming by Brandon you mean Warbonnet, is that right? I've searched every which way and don't see it on the store site. Is it a prototype that he's posted about here or something?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SunshineHiker View Post
    I have a question on this. I'm assuming by Brandon you mean Warbonnet, is that right? I've searched every which way and don't see it on the store site. Is it a prototype that he's posted about here or something?
    Yes, and yes.
    He is supposed to release it by Spring 2012. That means, if he holds true, that it will be available within the next 33 days, given June 20th is the first day of summer. Many folks have turned blue holding their breath, so....
    Trust nobody!

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