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    DIY 2 person hammock (flex 180 hybrid)

    I know there are people looking for a hammock for two and Ive been trawling the internet for somthing that would suit for a while now. In the end i took the plunge and decided to come up with something of my own. It ticks a lot of boxes for me but i still dont think its "the answer" for couples.
    I liked the flex because it was a lot smaller than the vertex (which is practically a susspended tent) but the second bed in the flex being smaller was annoying. My girlfriend and I are similar size and weight and neither would particularly enjoy getting the "baby bed" for the night.
    here is what i came up with, I wanted two double layer hammock beds of the same size and as small a central shelf as possible to allow closeness but not overcrowding when trying to sleep. Time constraints meant that i would only really have one shot at this before i went traveling for a year so it was so I was kind of putting all my eggs in one basket with the design. I also wanted to be able to access the hammock from both sides.
    Here is the finnished product, fondly named "The Beast"
    Unfortunatly it hasnt been tested other than a hurried hang and wriggle around to listen for any tell tale sounds of failed stiching and im now well and truely in the canadian winter time so it will be a while before we get to put it through its paces but i slept in it alone with two huge rucksacks (im not saying my girlfriend is the equivelant of two huge rucksacks....she woud kill me) in the second bed and it was great, I havent tackled the UQ issues yet but my pad worked great in between the layers and i had a really suprisingly flat lay!

    Pros:
    Fits two people or one with gear comfortably
    Double doors
    Stable getting in and out with a second occupant
    Mosquito proof

    Cons:
    Still not as close as a double bed
    As yet ridgeline is unable to hang anything particularily heavy
    Three tree suspension means finding a site can be a little more tricky
    Susspension from two trees with a spreader bar is very tippy with two people
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    Now that is nice! I believe your one of the first to tackle something like this. Wish I had some advice to offer, but this is way beyond me. I'm sure someone can offer more advice on the tipping with 2 people.

    Excellent work!

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    Nice work. I remember reading about dblhammock's diy 2-person bridge having trouble tieing off to only two trees as well. http://www.hammockforums.net/forum/s...ght=dblhammock

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    2 point tie off is going to be tippy. That's just the nature of the thing and physics does not like to be cheated. You might try a triangulation tie from the ends of the spreader bar to the tree. But I have no clue what other dynamics that would change or how much farther up the support you would have to put the apex.
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    That is one ssswwwweeeeetttt hammock. I likeeee. You did a great job!!!
    Happy Hangin!!!


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    That is some top notch craftsmanship there. I've been curious about 2 person hammock designs for awhile now, but have yet to have a good reason to go through with one as my wife and daughter refuse to see the magnificence of sleeping in a hammock.
    *Heaven best have trees, because I plan to lounge for eternity.

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    How did you make that sweet hammock?
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    Thanks guys glad you like it, I think ramblinrev is right and i dont see there being any way to make it stable between two trees but it is perfect between three so ill just neet to spend an extra 10 mins lookin for a spot to hang, not the biggest problem in the world
    Im curious if anyone out there with a flex or vertex has come up with a way to string up a strong internal ridgeline, mine is between the two tentpole hoops which means any weight hanging off it ie. a book, or quite often in my wbbb a laptop. goes through the hoops which is not ideal.

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