# Thread: A case for narrow hammocks

1. ## A case for narrow hammocks

This is a demonstration of how a wide hammock behaves when laying on the diagonal. It is meant to illustrate, why I believe, that a wide hammock is a waste of extra material and therefore heavier. The hammock in the first part of the video is 68" wide. In the last part of the video, my narrow hammock at 54" does and does not have any excess material.

Here is my lame attempt to post the video. If it doesn't work, I know my friends will fix it for me

2. Here you go.

I "grew up" in a Clark UL so I do like the narrower hammocks

3. here ya go

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You have a lot of Friends here

5. Looks like you got lots of friends with mad embedding skills!

This is an interesting topic. I'm the kind of person who needs to feel it for myself. I think I will give it a shot and see!

6. Might there be a benefit to shortening the ridgeline / increasing the sag on a wider hammock?

7. Good video. I've done the same experiment while in my hammock. My DIY hammock is 64" wide and the next one will be much narrower. Thanks for the demonstration.

8. Interesting video comparison. Perhaps the height of the user also plays a role in the overall width of the gathered end hammock. A taller person would have less of the fabric foot wall that you demonstrate, than a shorter person.

Do you use a bugnet sock with your 54" wide hammocks?

Cheers

Brian

9. Originally Posted by BrianWillan
Interesting video comparison. Perhaps the height of the user also plays a role in the overall width of the gathered end hammock. A taller person would have less of the fabric foot wall that you demonstrate, than a shorter person.

Do you use a bugnet sock with your 54" wide hammocks?

Cheers

Brian
I am 6'-1" by the way. I'm not sure that matters myself. If you cut a hammock in half cross-wise, it's going to look like a part of a semi-circle. The wider the hammock, the more complete the semi-circle and the higher the sides.

I use a Fronkey style bugnet with all my DIY hammocks and a TED style hammock sock. Both are very flexible and work with just about any hammock.

10. I'm with you, Mad! The only hammock I have really enjoyed being extra wide is the Safari. And that because it allows me to get far enough into one side so as to completely avoid the center ridge related calf pressure. Plus it allows me to get into some unique fetal positions where I am virtually 90* to the center line of the hammock, in total comfort.

But the hammock that comes in at least in 2nd place to that is my most narrow hammock, the Claytor No Net, at a whopping 48" wide! I can not do that 90* thing, but as far as on my back at a diagonal, with little to no calf pressure or knee extension, or on my side with legs straight or fetal, it is at least equal to any other hammock except that Safari by a small amount. Other than having to be careful about keeping quilts in the hammock, I have never found myself missing the extra width of the other hammocks, it just feels like superfluous material, which is sometimes in my face.

But the big advantage for me is the reason I bought this skinny hammock in the 1st place: I had a suspicion a narrow hammock would work better with a Pea Pod. And boy did that turn out to be correct! With many hammocks the top quilt part of the pod will be lifted from 2 to 6" above my body head to toe. Not really a problem if adding a nice TQ, then you have something much warmer on top than either the quilt of pod used by itself. But with the narrow hammock, the pod lays down in contact with, or almost in contact with my entire body. This allows getting much closer to the 20F bottom rating of the pod on top as well as bottom.

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