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    New Member Rothman's Avatar
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    My UL DIY Bridge hammock

    Well, she's not completely done... I need to add shock chord into the end channels to gather them up but other than that it's ready to rock.

    I have never tried a bridge before so I decided to make one using a combination of ideas from Grizz and a few others. Nothing to special about this comparatively.

    It's 8-10 inches wider than most of the ones I've seen from Grizz which equates to having higher walls and less view while inside as well as making it kind of a pain to get in/out of. I'm not really sure if being wider really aids in anything.

    I designed it to use hiking poles exclusively as spreader bars. I'm 5'11" and 165lbs and the poles barely deflect under my weight. It's made of a single layer of 1.1 ripstop and that also holds my weight quite well.

    I just got done with the initial test hang and DANG this thing lays flat! It's like laying on a bed. I sleep on my stomach and this thing is great for that which is what I was going for.

    I really wanted to do a bugnet but I decided to just go for it without to see if I like it rather than invest the time and money needed to do the net. I wonder if there's a way to do a stand alone net on a bridge?

    This is it along with 6' whoopies and 5' tree straps in a small stuff sack I made next to a beer for comparison
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    Nice job! Whats the weight?

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    New Member Rothman's Avatar
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    11.4 ounces in bag with whoopies not including the tree straps.
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    Re: My UL DIY Bridge hammock

    Wow, that is sweet. Nice job!
    "In seed time learn, in harvest teach, in winter enjoy." -D'Signore's, Tide Mill Farm, Edmunds, Maine.

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    Good looking bridge, Rothman.

    What did you use for a spreader bar width? How deep is the suspension arc? How wide was the fabric you started with.

    Cheers

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    Nice work. If you add a ridge line you could attach a 1/4 bug net that just covers your shoulders to head. I recently added a full length bug net to my bridge and love the option off zipping myself in.

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    New Member Rothman's Avatar
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    Well added a bug net and saddle bags finally. I'm debating whether or not to even add bug net pull ups because as it you have almost a foot of clearance (you're deep inside this one). I'm very happy with the way it turned out. The bug net is a 3/4 zip and rolls up into the foot end.

    I wish I could remember what size the width was originally. I have my hiking poles set to 55" but I have no idea if that's accurate and the suspension cuts are 7" deep.
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    Could you take a close up picture of of the attachment points of the hiking poles and possibly a brief description of how they are made?

    Thanks, Miguel

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    Nice build! And that weight sounds fantastic.
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