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    short 6-8" "spreader bar" help or hurt?

    I was wondering if anyone is currently using a short (4"-8"??) "spreader bar" after the end channel, before attaching to their suspension of choice to help flatten the lie? I saw it mentioned in a very old thread and wondered if it had in fact been used on a Jungle Hammock and if it helped or hurt.
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    Look up mini spreader bar... It works very well on short hammocks in particular...


    Found the link
    http://www.hammockforums.net/forum/s...ad.php?t=52094
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    Thanks much! Your comment "works well on shorter hammocks" says it all. Guess I didn't realize it would ultimately approach quantum physics in it's application (40 pg thread, and I read it all!). I'm a "big guy" 6'5" x 250 lbs with BAD knees (need double replacement) and made my first hammock purchase (Claytor JH). Hyper extension of my knees is a killer and absolutely prevents sleep. The JH will be my "test lab". Looks like a short slotted piece of PVC tube and some carefully place knots, might offer additional help if needed.
    Thanks again, and hope you have a great Christmas!
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    Hey something you can't try is putting something under your knees... Water bottle, small stiff pillow, extra clothes rolled up and lashed together, pack... It helps me, I don't need it all days but sometimes it just adds a little comfort...

    I have the plan to do this mod to my grand trunk ultra... The amsteel is on its way, USPS was supposed to have brought it yesterday but whatever...
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    I've experimented... Isn't the mini spreader bar thread about having the spreader between the hammock and the suspension? I tried it integrated into the end of the hammock itself. It worked okay, but not really worth it in my opinion.....HYOH

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    I've tried the stuff sack under my knees and it certainly helps, but......rather not have to go that route all the time. I figure I had to start somewhere if I'm going to make a go of hammocks, and the Claytor JH seemed like a good place to start figuring out what works for me and to minimize the impact on my wallet while doing so. Last thing I want/need is another "gear" addiction!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cdesmet52 View Post
    I've tried the stuff sack under my knees and it certainly helps, but......rather not have to go that route all the time. I figure I had to start somewhere if I'm going to make a go of hammocks, and the Claytor JH seemed like a good place to start figuring out what works for me and to minimize the impact on my wallet while doing so. Last thing I want/need is another "gear" addiction!
    You could try a tablecloth hammock, if you catch a deal its like $13 and then whip your ends... And your good to go for less than $20 and its big and comfy...
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    The CJH is not, in my opinion, a good choice for a big guy. I'm "only" 6-0, and find it too narrow.

    I agree with Brute, that tablecloth hammock offers more comfort for dollar spent than anything else out there, and will give you a truer sense of what you can expect from hammocks in general.

    I don't understand your aversion to putting something under your knees. Many, maybe even most, of us do that routinely. Dead simple, and it works.
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    http://www.hammockforums.net/forum/s...ad.php?t=62832

    This is my preferred way to make a table cloth hammock, simple and effective... And easy enough that the second one you make will be done in 20 minutes or less...
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    I know there's a lot of low cost options out there, but I've got something pretty specific in mind (dual use), which limits selection. There's a lot of bigger hammocks on the market but they just don't have the design I'm after. Nice products, just not right for me. I think the JH will be a good "research" platform to work with. If it doesn't work out, or something more appropriate comes on the market, I can always sell it and minimize the $$ hit. One thing is certain, anything I may need to know, is somewhere on this site, and the members have proven to be very knowledgeable and willing to share that knowledge. I know that I learned a lot, and have ideas for changing the suspension, but also was intrigued when I first saw mention of the mini-spreader. I know I have some 1" PVC tube on hand I can fiddle with and sure learned a lot about the concept thanks to Brute1100 providing the link to that thread. I may need to try my hand at splicing as well. All good!!

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