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    Initial Blackbird Impressions!

    Received the Blackbird single layer 1.1 today!
    First impressions from the Mt.Ashwabay Hammock test Area (MAtHA)
    1. Total weight including the supplied tree huggers & Bishop style bag just broke 20oz. I really like the double sided chord locked Bishop style bag. Similar to the hh ss stuff bag. If you want to rig simple (no rings, buckles or biners) and the ~5ft huggers are long enough you have a pretty light package.
    2. If you have every rigged a hammock this unit is a no brainier. Simple straight forward.
    3. Quality construction. Time will be the ultimate test.
    4. Depending on you angle of lay from the butt to the feet is flat to what feels slightly elevated or slightly down. No shoulder squeeze.
    5. Roomy interior. Think I'm going to really love the shelf.
    6. The JRB WeatherShield 2 is a perfect fit with one small "modification". On the entry side I took a length of AirCorePro clipped one end around the WS2 grosgrain loop and attached the other end via a Klemheist knot (a prusiking type of knot) to the shock chord that tensions the Blackbird tie out. The grosgrain loop is ideally located. You can adjust the WS2 tension from inside the hammock. End result is a perfect fitting WS2 and it will be difficult to snag the WS2 while zipping close the Blackbird.
    7. The JRB Nest seems to fit very nice. Tonights sleep test will provide some more feedback.

    Though the Blackbirds first night was going to be under the stars. While admiring this hammock in the last light of day hanging between couple 60-90 year old red oaks the wind shifted from NE to SW. Within a couple minutes heavy clouds blew in. Had to rapidly deploy the MC Spinntex Deluxe. If it stops raining photos to follow tomorrow.
    Noel V.

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    Sounds promising!
    That's exactly what i ordered.
    I asume you went for the line option ?

    Can't wait for some photos
    Sleep well

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    Quote Originally Posted by moski View Post
    Sounds promising!
    That's exactly what i ordered.
    I asume you went for the line option ?

    Can't wait for some photos
    Sleep well
    Yes, the tree huggers provided are camo webbing closer to 6 ft than the ~5ft noted in the above post. Not sure what type of line Brandon uses on the Blackbird. It's probably ~5mm in diameter, grayish and soft. Using a ring setup and Garda hitch causes the line to really flatten where it is in contact with the rings.

    Sorry, no photos yet. The rain is suppose to last into the week.

    I've had limited experience with a limited number of different hammocks. Based only on one night the Blackbird for me is the most comfortable hammock I have slept in. Brandon's design has addressed what I consider a few of the shortcomings of the HH ULBP.
    Noel V.

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    Quote Originally Posted by koaloha05 View Post
    Yes, the tree huggers provided are camo webbing closer to 6 ft than the ~5ft noted in the above post. Not sure what type of line Brandon uses on the Blackbird. It's probably ~5mm in diameter, grayish and soft. Using a ring setup and Garda hitch causes the line to really flatten where it is in contact with the rings.

    Sorry, no photos yet. The rain is suppose to last into the week.

    I've had limited experience with a limited number of different hammocks. Based only on one night the Blackbird for me is the most comfortable hammock I have slept in. Brandon's design has addressed what I consider a few of the shortcomings of the HH ULBP.
    the straps are 6' of webbing and should be right at 5'6" after sewing the loops. line is 3mm amsteel blue. i recommend tying to the single ring with a slipped buntline hitch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by warbonnetguy View Post
    i recommend tying to the single ring with a slipped buntline hitch.

    Nice, that just saved me the weight of two rings
    It's gonna be my lightweight hammock after all

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    Quote Originally Posted by warbonnetguy View Post
    the straps are 6' of webbing and should be right at 5'6" after sewing the loops. line is 3mm amsteel blue. i recommend tying to the single ring with a slipped buntline hitch.
    Have you got a link to the slipped buntline hitch? I'll have to go Googling.


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    yeah, no link sorry. you should be able to find a diagram of the buntline pretty easy. just make it slipped on the final step.

    it's a really good knot. basically, you go around something (ring). i just go over the ring, i suppose you could do a full wrap of the ring but i have found that not to be necessary.

    so over the ring and tie a slipped clove hitch (from what i can tell) onto the line rather than directly to the ring. it has held 300# in a fairly saggy hammock with no slippage at all. the amsteel is slippery enough to where a stiff yank unties the loaded knot. i could see covered line being difficult to untie this way, but the uncovered stuff seems to work well with it.

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    http://www.animatedknots.com/buntlineboating/index.php

    This one is not slipped but it would be easy enuf to figure out how to do that.
    I may be slow... But I sure am gimpy.

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    that's it my friend, simply finish the last step with a bight rather than the end, and it becomes slipped. it is barely any more complicated than 2 half hitches, holds wonderfully and comes untied with ease as long as you are using the right line (no cover).

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    Quote Originally Posted by warbonnetguy View Post
    that's it my friend, simply finish the last step with a bight rather than the end, and it becomes slipped. it is barely any more complicated than 2 half hitches, holds wonderfully and comes untied with ease as long as you are using the right line (no cover).
    Thanks. Got it. Now I have something to do with my leftover rings... thanks.


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