What an end channel hammock allows, though, is the hammock fabric to open up wider more quickly when the channel isn't cinched tight. Essentially you could have a very comfortably wide hammock that was shorter in length than a gathered end. The downside is that the fabric sides would be looser and floppier.
That description is dependent on what whipping method it's being compared to, though.
“I think that when the lies are all told and forgot the truth will be there yet. It dont move about from place to place and it dont change from time to time. You cant corrupt it any more than you can salt salt.” - Cormac McCarthy
As an inveterate end-channel DIYer, I would second AS's comments and add one upside to the downside -- the loose side makes a nice arm rest.
I hope that makes sense. I'm not feeling eloquent at all today, and technical writing pays my bills. Caffeine time...
.. truly to enjoy bodily warmth, some small part of you must be cold, for there is no quality in this world that is not what it is merely by contrast. Nothing exists in itself. If you flatter yourself that you are all over comfortable, and have been so a long time, then you cannot be said to be comfortable any more. - Herman Melville
Is my math right that the double is half the weight of the Explorer Ultralight? Of course you'd still have to add a bug net but Warbonnet's netting is only 7.4 oz. If I calculated right the double at 22 oz + the WB net would shave 11.6 oz off the EU at 2 lb 9 oz (41 oz).
That's tempting enough to try it out.
Good point. So they may be comparable after all. Keep trying to decide if I should try one but I won't have a chance to get out with new gear before my next hike. Of course I guess I can always try it in the backyard.