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    I done gone an' bought me a BBXLC!

    After no small amount of research and discussing ideas, and thinking and fretting and learning and video watching, I pulled the trigger tonight.

    Brandon was back and forth with me on email a bunch today regarding the ridge runner and bridge style hammocks in general, and I appreciated his time.

    So I sat this evening and reviewed everything I'd bookmarked to this date.

    While I had my heart set on a bridge, because I felt that would be best for me, I'm opting for a gathered end.

    Now, I did want a larger tarp than WB offered, so I snagged a 13x11 silnylon unit from Amazon to pair up with the hammock. Why so large you may ask? So I can park my motorcycle under it, I shall answer...

    Now to settle in for a few weeks and wait for the gear.

    I owe a debt to everyone here who helped answer my questions - thank you.

    duane

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    hawghangar's Avatar
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    Laying in my XLC as I type this... you'll love it. Can't wait to see pics of your hammock and bike under the tarp. Enjoy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hawghangar View Post
    Laying in my XLC as I type this... you'll love it. Can't wait to see pics of your hammock and bike under the tarp. Enjoy.
    Thanks hawg. Just need to find the **** tap and turn off this constant drip we're having here in the PNW right now...LOL

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    sportsguy,

    I'm interested in the RidgeRunner. So, I'm curious as to your decision process to choose the BBXLC over the RidgeRunner (or, a gathered end vs. a bridge).

    Thanks in advance for your reply,

    fly fisher

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    Quote Originally Posted by fly fisher View Post
    sportsguy,

    I'm interested in the RidgeRunner. So, I'm curious as to your decision process to choose the BBXLC over the RidgeRunner (or, a gathered end vs. a bridge).

    Thanks in advance for your reply,

    fly fisher
    In my case the decision was quite simple...

    1 - I'm over the weight limit
    2 - see #1

    After going back and forth and talking directly with the manufacturers, I opted to give the Blackbird a try. WB has a solid return policy, so that adds some comfort (if you'll pardon the pun).

    While I work on fixing my mass issues, the Blackbird is a reasonable, in my mind, starting point. Plus, I reason one has to start somewhere, and everything I've read or watched tells me the WBBB is a favorite of many.

    I could have opted for a Clark, at almost double the cost, but may have well encountered issues such as others have noted - tightness in the shoulders, mainly. This path allows me to test more items as I camp and build a solid base of knowledge around equipment, process and my own likes/dislikes.

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    doc17th's Avatar
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    I have and like the Clark but I think the WB XLC will be my favorite but I have ordered the WB RR that I have yet to try out.
    When I was a kid the only time we were in the house was to eat and sleep.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sportsguy View Post
    In my case the decision was quite simple...

    1 - I'm over the weight limit
    2 - see #1
    Thanks for the reply. I hope you enjoy your Blackbird. Warbonnet seems to do a great job all around. I'm still thinking about a RidgeRunner...

    fly fisher

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    Quote Originally Posted by fly fisher View Post
    Thanks for the reply. I hope you enjoy your Blackbird. Warbonnet seems to do a great job all around. I'm still thinking about a RidgeRunner...

    fly fisher
    WHEN I reach my target weight of "supermodel", I'm buying one.

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    Haven't been this excited in years! Got my shipping notification this morning!

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    I got my XLC last week and took it out for a two nighter. Great hammock. Little learning curve on my 3/4 under quilt but slept good both nights. I bet your going to enjoy it!

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