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    Quote Originally Posted by TominMN View Post
    Did you happen to look at it in Shug's video? Based on what he said, and it certainly seems that way, using a spreader bar in that fashion pretty much dictates laying straight in the hammock (and not on the diagonal.) I know I couldn't sleep well overnight like that but it seems to work for slowhike. And I'm also pretty sure that side-sleeping is a no-go. Can't say for certain but it sure looks that way.
    I know Shug said I lay straight but actually, I lay at a slight diagonal.
    It doesn't require as much diagonal, I guess, because I stretch it with a little less sag than normal and because it's a narrower hammock, at 44" wide.
    Also, the insulated air matt, lightly inflated, helps.

    Because I don't hang with as much sag, stretched a little tighter, I use a fabric with a little higher weight rating, but the only one I had a fabric failure with, was quite a few years and made from an un-named camo fabric from the Walmart dollar bin, many years ago.
    I'm pretty sure I made it from that camo, pictured in 2008.
    Camo.jpg

    When I do the slight diagonal, I'm flat or very close to it. And yep, I sleep almost as much on my side as I do my back.

    Here's another version that flatline, made.

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    Spreader bar close.jpg
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    Quote Originally Posted by cougarmeat View Post
    Let's see, a spreader bar on a GE at the head ... You know, it would open it up even more if we added a spreader bar at the foot end too. I wonder what that would look like
    I've thought about it. Even had a second set of 1/2" x 1' of daisy chain added to the foot end of my latest hammock.
    But never did. I don't really think it would be of any advantage... but I could be wrong.
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    Quote Originally Posted by slowhike View Post
    I know Shug said I lay straight but actually, I lay at a slight diagonal.
    It doesn't require as much diagonal, I guess, because I stretch it with a little less sag than normal and because it's a narrower hammock, at 44" wide.
    Also, the insulated air matt, lightly inflated, helps.

    Because I don't hang with as much sag, stretched a little tighter, I use a fabric with a little higher weight rating, but the only one I had a fabric failure with, was quite a few years and made from an un-named camo fabric from the Walmart dollar bin, many years ago.
    I'm pretty sure I made it from that camo, pictured in 2008.


    When I do the slight diagonal, I'm flat or very close to it. And yep, I sleep almost as much on my side as I do my back.

    ...
    Very enlightening and helpful to see those details.

    Thanks for taking the time.

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    I made some pictures of my current version of how the trekking poles attach to the hammock.
    I'll plan to post them here tomorrow.
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    Sorry it took so long...
    Spread Dasiy Wide.jpg Daisy Chain Attachment points, 1/2" webbing X 12", starting 18" from the gathered end
    Spread Dasiy Close.jpg Close up
    Spread Handle in Sleeve.jpg Trekking pole handle in sleeve
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    Spread Handle Open.jpg
    Spread Handle Inside Out.jpg Handle sleeve inside out to show how this one was sewn
    Spread Tip With Tip.jpg Trekking pole tip in place
    Spread Tip Rubber.jpg I sewed in a rubber tip made for the tip, so it will not come out
    Spread Tip Side.jpg
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    These are pretty cool history pics slowhike. I’m new to the hammock life but appreciate all the pioneering you early guys did on behalf of the hobby!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Twistytee View Post
    These are pretty cool history pics slowhike. I’m new to the hammock life but appreciate all the pioneering you early guys did on behalf of the hobby!
    Ideas were flowing freely in the early years!
    And they still are!
    I too will something make and joy in it's making

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    interesting setup there slowhike
    To much chat, not enough hang.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 3 Feet High and Rising View Post
    interesting setup there slowhike
    Thanks 3 Feet High and Rising
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