who am I trying to kid..... not replying .... no ..
of course interested!
Yes, I am very interested.
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There's one way I love to lie in bed, and I've never been able to get it to work, even remotely, in any non-bridge hammock I've tried. I'd like to know how easily it can be achieved in a bridge hammock, if at all.
It's almost identical to the "Jethro Tull" (more commonly known as the "ballerina") with one leg straight and the other tucked up with the knee out, but it's actually on my stomach, head turned to the side of the leg which is bent. I also have one arm straight down beside me (the same side as the straightened leg).
If there's a bridge hammock that allows this, then I'm almost certain to get it.
Even if my description above makes no sense and you don't include it, I still really appreciate that you're doing this comparison, and I'll be following the thread closely.
All the best!
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This project has probably expanded from what you originally thought, with all the factors people have suggested, BackPackHiker. I hope you'll have the time and energy to do all this testing, because there have been a lot of good ideas offered. I thought of sending you BER's Cloud bridge to test, as well, but decided against it, because it's not commercially available to others, and besides, BER improved on it with his version 3, and there may be a version 4 by now. In that same vein, Angry Sparrow has a Griz Bridge that he has shared with quite a few people. We had the opportunity to compare it with the Cloud Bridge at the Mt. Rogers Hang a couple of years ago. Again, it's a DIY hammock, and I think you do well to limit your tests to models that can be purchased by more people.
Now, having simplified your task, I'm going to complicate it. I think you should enlist a panel of testers - as many as possible - to offer their opinions on the comfort of these hammocks. Further, you should try to arrange for each tester to spend a night in each hammock. Of course, the test group should include people of all shapes and sizes - maybe some with experience with bridge hammocks and some newbies, too. I know that's a tall order. My $.02. Good luck.
I am going to try and get my hands on the GoPro Hero 2 for this video review. I don't have the spare cash for it but it would be awesome if they sponsored this video series, I will see what I can do
Otherwise I will stick to my Canon camera. I am thinking that this video might take a little longer than I first anticipated as I am still waiting for most of the gear to arrive. I will plan to have it finished by Christmas as my gift to hammockforums.net
Thank you so far for all of the great response.
While I am flattered the you and WV would consider using one of my DIYs in your review, I don't think that it fits in with the others. They are simple no nonsense netless, endcap-less DIY. They are not commercially available and will not be in the future unless someone else decides to make something similar. I have already written up the Cloud in it's own thread, and improved on it with my Cirrus hammock (also written up).
If you really want a noncommercial comparison, one of the GrizzBridges would probably be more appropriate as his quality and engineering is as close as one could hope for as a "nearly commercial" grade DIY. That being said, if you really want to use it for comparison sake, I will send you the Cirrus, but not with the intent of being reviewed--more of a comparison of comfort based on dimensions for your own satisfaction. I will send you a PM with a chart of dimensions that I have garnered that may/may not be helpful.