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    Senior Member dblhmmck's Avatar
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    "FatPad Bridge" with HangNout style net

    I have been gearing up for Fall trips and have been testing a narrow foot bridge with a pad inside. I am calling it my "FatPad Bridge". I've slept very comfortably in it twice, but looking forward to actual field testing.

    I am using a large NeoAir which is 25" wide. The foot spreader bar is only 18". I had to redesign the foot end cap to allow as much spreading of the pad as possible. The smaller foot end also makes it easy for me pitch my tarp lower and or steeper at that end.

    Using a pad inside the hammock is usually to be avoided due to slipping around causing cold spots. However my NeoAir in a narrow foot bridge has nowhere to slip to. So I don't need the weight of a pad sleeve.

    The FatPad Hammock weighs exactly 15 ounces in the stuff sack. The poles that I am currently using weigh 5.7 ounces, although I will also be trying out alternative spreader bars with this and other hammocks (bamboo, and BigStik).

    The pad lifts the occupant in the hammock, which I think has advantages and disadvantages. The increased view is a big plus for me. And not feeling the sides of the hammock, only the fully inflated pad below, gives an added buoyancy to the feel.

    One disadvantage was that my old style of bug netting was too confining. This gave me a chance to try a version of HangNout's style net.


    I like it. It doesn't fully remove, but it has a retracted position.


    It takes only a minute to switch between the two modes.
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    That thing is cool.

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    Looks amazingly comfortable...Love the contrast between the Yellow and Digicamo
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    Looks good. Is this going to make the trip next week? I am intrigued to say the least.
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    WOW, thats awesome looking

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    I really like the design but it would be too narrow for me to use......really like the marpat digicam, where did you purchase it from?
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    Thank-you rb_daniel and Pinnacle!

    bdbart, I'm not sure if you are serious on the color comment. If one wanted a stealthier look, the NeoAir has a gray side. It could be turned over. If you meant it the other way, I agree. The yellow worked well for photographic purposes- thanks.

    bigbamaguy, I purchased this fabric a couple of years ago. I am sorry, I don't remember from where. It may be too narrow for you, if a 25" pad is too narrow for you. Some people do simply like more room to move around.

    MuseJr Yes, I will bring this FatPad hammock to the Idaho Hang. I will also have at least five other models of my bridge hammocks with different bug nets and integrated IX insulation. If you found that you were really interested, I'd be open to trades for fishing gear or whatever. I just thought I'd throw that idea out there. I'm looking forward to hanging with you and the guys in Idaho!
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    That's very well done! If you didn't say it, I would have thought one of the pro-shops made that for you!
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    Looks impressive DBLH. Can't wait to check it out next week. Back to cutting fabric for me so I can make the trip.
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    Very creative design, and weighing in at only 20oz (for now) is impressive. Gives me an idea for my own project.

    I'll echo LR and agree that it looks professionally done.

    Thanks for sharing!
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