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    JRB's Bear Mountain Bridge Hammock question

    I was wondering if I could get some feed back of the JRB's Bear Mountain Bridge Hammock from bigger people. I am 6'3 240 lbs and I know the hammock isn't rated at this weight but I saw a couple of guys sold theirs shortly after buying them and one of the comments (from a big guy) was that the shoulder room was very tight when he got in it and I was wondering if this is the case and is there any way around this my using a bigger spreader bar or what. I talked to Jack about a bigger model and he said "Eventually we intend to design a larger model. However, it’s not in the cards for the immediate future." so I was wondering if it was plausible for me to make this work for my given size or am I out of luck for awhile. I would rather wait if I had to than to blow a lot of money having to Jerry Rig it and spend even more money just to get it to work so so. Any suggestions, should I wait or will it work. I definitely would like to have the shoulder room, if that's not possible I would rather wait.
    Thanks for the help
    Last edited by falcon5000; 09-12-2008 at 16:43.

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    I have pretty wide shoulders and I found the Bridge was fine. I weigh 210 too, but I am only 5'10" too. Bridges are easy to make and you would do well in one with your weight. I have made three of them so far and I have altered a JRB as follows:
    http://www.hammockforums.net/forum/s...ead.php?t=5216
    and here are some shots of others:
    http://www.hammockforums.net/forum/s...ead.php?t=5603
    I personally like having no end caps on the bridge. I made one to Grizzley Adams specs and a couple more the same size and parabolic measurements as my JRB. For me, I like the narrower cuts of the JRB. The narrowness of the flat laid body fabric as it's cut makes no difference as to how they feel when you lay in them but it seems to make a difference in has easily it is to get in and out of. I like short sides so I can see out easier. Hope this helps some.
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    Quote Originally Posted by falcon5000 View Post
    I was wondering if this is the case and is there any way around this my using a bigger spreader bar or what.
    I'm pretty sure the end-caps are sewn in on the JRB (I sold mine so I can't confirm this). In that case, the end-caps would define the maxium width of the spreader bar. So, no, you can't use wider spreader bars on a stock JRB.

    You can of course remove the end caps (either rip the seams or simply cut it out); but in that case you might as well make your own bridge exactly to your specifications.

    Good luck!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BurningCedar View Post
    I'm pretty sure the end-caps are sewn in on the JRB (I sold mine so I can't confirm this). In that case, the end-caps would define the maxium width of the spreader bar. So, no, you can't use wider spreader bars on a stock JRB.

    You can of course remove the end caps (either rip the seams or simply cut it out); but in that case you might as well make your own bridge exactly to your specifications.

    Good luck!!!
    If you looked at the link in the second post it shows you how I modified the end caps to use a 36 inch spreader bar on both ends. Mule
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    I only have squeeze when lying on my back with my arms down at my sides. In other words, the most un-natural sleeping position I can think of. As soon as I bring my arms up on my stomach/chest, or roll on my side or stomach, squeeze is completely eliminated, and maximum comfort is achieved.

    The nice thing about a bridge is that one can sleep in virtually any position one can sleep in a bad because it is a flat lie.

    BTW: I am 6' 220.

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    Shoulder squeeze should be no issue at that height/weight. You are right at the limit in height. I weigh a little more than you but am 8" shorter and mine fits me well. I also have a DIY bridge. Easier for some to make than others. Mine was a undertaking.
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    I find that by adding a thicker pad in the BMB's pad pocket, the "squeeze" is eliminated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FishinFinn View Post
    I find that by adding a thicker pad in the BMB's pad pocket, the "squeeze" is eliminated.
    What kind of pad is this?
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    I'm 6'3" 195 and just got back from a week have backpacking and sleeping in my BMB. I have spent probably 30 nights in my BMB and have never had any shoulder squeeze issues when hung properly.

    Once I hung it too loose and with the head end too high, this combo resulted in some noticeable shoulder squeeze. Once I got up and tightened the rig and lowered the head end everything was back to perfect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FanaticFringer View Post
    What kind of pad is this?
    My old Air Pad - couldn't tell you the manufacturer - some sporting goods store knock off Green Nylon Air pad with a screw valve release - I've had it for 15 years or more. But when inflated to my desired firmness for my hammock, it's about 2 1/2" thick (Variable due to compression.) It works really well in my bridge - s**ks everywhere else because it has no real structure to it, so you roll off it in the middle of the night. But in my BMB, there's nowhere to roll!

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