The goal with my hammock setup is to try to maximize and balance versatility, comfort and weight.
I previously decided that using my hiking poles for spreader bars was not an option because I wanted to use the hiking poles while setup in porch mode. But now I'm thinking that I could use my hiking poles as the spreader bars and get a light weight set of custom length tent poles, like the ones used in the no sew Superfly pole mods, and use those as supports in porch mode. I figure that with the Aluminum poles I stand to save 5oz or so, not sure about how much with even lighter materials. I can't believe I actually consider 5oz a weight savings worth going after, but when you're trying to put together a comfortable 30 pound 5 day kit, these kind of weights can add up.
Anyone else doing something like this?