Scott Von Pork chops mentioned the spreader bar being heavy. The one on my new Ridge runner isn't so heavy unless I'm really concerned about being UUL. But since it only spread the hammock ends and is under compression (yes?) I have to wonder why it's the size it is?
For various reasons I won't be using my trekking poles but wouldn't a thinner and less bulky tent pole set serve? Especially those with inserted bungee cords?