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    Trying to decide

    Like the title says, I'm trying to decide between a bridge hammock and a "regular" gathered end type...or even one that does both. I've found tons of great "how to" material, but what are the criteria that you ( the reader) used to make your particular decision?

    Not trying to sound whiny or anything like it, but for the first time in a good long while I find myself facing too many choices. So, I invite your opinion here gentle reader, and I would ask you to tell me how you made the choices, and why....as well as what changes you made...and why. Effectively I'm looking to tap into the collective wisdom above and beyond the "how to" stage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by solobear View Post
    Like the title says, I'm trying to decide between a bridge hammock and a "regular" gathered end type...or even one that does both. I've found tons of great "how to" material, but what are the criteria that you ( the reader) used to make your particular decision?
    Only you can decide for yourself which style is better for you. The quickest and easiest way to do that is to find a group hang in your area and go. People will let you check out and try out their hammocks of either style.

    Check out the Trip Planning section for details. I believe there is the Mid Atlantic Hammock Hangers hang coming up mid October.

    Cheers

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    Head to the MAHHA hang and there will be plenty of both to try out. It's all a simple matter of personal preference. I'm a gathered-end guy, but that's just me. As always, HYOH (hang your own hammock).
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    Never tried one, but it would be easy to get a feel for the concept before buying,


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    Quote Originally Posted by weedeater64 View Post
    Never tried one, but it would be easy to get a feel for the concept before buying,

    sorry but that is precisely the wrong way to test out the lay of a bridge hammock. I made several and they look nothing like that and do not function the way that would. The bridge is a much more complex design with cat cuts and an hourglass shape to the bed which simply can not be disregarded. The suspension is also a very technical system as well as the spreader bars. The best way to try before you buy as far as a bridge hammock goes is to find someone close by who has one and ask to give it a try. That's the beauty of a group hang. A virtual buffet of choices.

    My wife likes her bridge but I prefer my gathered end HH for several reasons.
    I may be slow... But I sure am gimpy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ramblinrev View Post
    sorry but that is precisely the wrong way to test out the lay of a bridge hammock. I made several and they look nothing like that and do not function the way that would. The bridge is a much more complex design with cat cuts and an hourglass shape to the bed which simply can not be disregarded. The suspension is also a very technical system as well as the spreader bars. The best way to try before you buy as far as a bridge hammock goes is to find someone close by who has one and ask to give it a try. That's the beauty of a group hang. A virtual buffet of choices.

    My wife likes her bridge but I prefer my gathered end HH for several reasons.

    Two questions,

    When you lay in a bridge hammock,

    does it lay flat head to toe?

    is the side to side profile a U shape?

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    It has a very flat centerline lie. Right down the middle. I would not say the side is U-shaped when it hangs. It is easy to eyeball figure it is cut straight. But in the building of it, the sides are cut in an hour glass shape. Wider at the ends, narrower in the middle. (1st generation Bridge.) There has been a lot of refinement which I have not kept up with but the essential shape has the same characteristics. There are specific ratios of the suspension system which included the spreader bars. As I say, I have not kept up with the technology because I prefer the gathered end HH.
    I may be slow... But I sure am gimpy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ramblinrev View Post
    It has a very flat centerline lie. Right down the middle. I would not say the side is U-shaped when it hangs. It is easy to eyeball figure it is cut straight. But in the building of it, the sides are cut in an hour glass shape. Wider at the ends, narrower in the middle. (1st generation Bridge.) There has been a lot of refinement which I have not kept up with but the essential shape has the same characteristics. There are specific ratios of the suspension system which included the spreader bars. As I say, I have not kept up with the technology because I prefer the gathered end HH.
    Ok, so end to end it would function exactly like the stretcher, flat.

    What about the side to side profile, if not U shaped then what?

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    knock yourself out... wrong thread... Try it an report back.
    I may be slow... But I sure am gimpy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by solobear View Post
    ...trying to decide between a bridge hammock and a "regular" gathered end type...or even one that does both.
    You'll have to make three and then decide!

    I'd try them in this order: gathered end, bridge, does both.
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