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No issues with sitting in the hammock, which I do all the time. FWIW, I do not use a ridge line with this hammock. I tried it with many lengths and was just never happy with it. And I probably hang with more sag or arch in the hammock than most people do. It works for me though.
I made the continuous loop as small as I could while making it in the channel end. It was a PITA and took a few try's to get it right, but the small loop allows me to hang in areas where trees are pretty close together, and seems to effectively not pinch the ends too close together. Cinching the channel (like on an ENO) seems to limit effectiveness. As someone said earlier, I believe the main advantage of a channel end hammock is that it "feels" longer than a gathered end of the same size.
Less material, lighter hammock... Also you can hang in narrower places. Even at 6'4", I can hang comfortably between trees that are pretty close together.
I used 1.5", because that was what I had. Each of these weighs just under an ounce, and could be made lighter, still. They are carried separately, so the hammock can still be stuffed. Also, they are easier on a bug net than a mini spreader.
Oldgringo... Very good work. Two questions:
1. Any problem with the PVC popping out when the hammock isn't under load?
2. Since you can remove your PVC spreader, what is the difference in "feel" with and without the spreader?
You have a great idea here... The progression continues!
2. I'm not seeing a great deal of difference, largely because this is on a BIAS Camper, which is a big, comfy hammock to start with. In my experience, the benefits of mini spreader bars become more pronounced with smaller hammocks.
When OldGringo mentioned PVC a couple of posts back it prompted an idea. Here is another PVC variation on the MSB. It's a 1/2" T combined with a 12" continuous loop. The only thing I did to the T was to use a file and relieve the sharp corners where the amsteel made contact, both inside and outside. So far it seems to work okay but will need to be thoroughly tested.
Last edited by Detail Man; 07-04-2013 at 17:06. Reason: pic problem