[Hammock Camping] Re: Bridge Hammock ...is it comfortable?
If you have a 20" wide Exped-7, it will fit into the sleeve of a SPE
and you can use the wings to effectively extend the width. I use a
SPE when I use my 20" wide Exped-7 but don't use anything with my
large Stephenson DAM that is 28" at its widest... except for the
10"x20" ccf pad that I use under it to keep it from sliding so easily
against the hammock bed.
I found these large pads to be warm and comfy. They affect the lay of
the hammock, basically reducing shoulder squeeze and knee
hyper-extension while providing the ultimate in cushioning. Your
knees drop some if the mat isn't fully inflated because your heels
sink a little, with the 4+ inch thick Stephenson DAM you can hang your
heels off the end and get even more heel drop. With either one of
those DAMs, I just laugh at hard shelter floors and they probably make
hard shelter floors as comfortable, if not more for some folks, than a
nice hammock... you are flat, have no shoulder squeeze and have plenty
But, they are not without some negative tradeoffs as well and those
are significant enough to consider before you think the DAMs are
perfect in every way. The first negative tradeoff I noticed was what
a pain they are to inflate and deflate in a hammock environment...
especially when it is very cold, which is where they excel in keeping
aka Youngblood 2000
Designer of the Speer Segmented Pad Extender and SnugFit Underquilt
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, tim garner <slowhike@...> wrote:
> i believe the exped 7 i have is about 23" wide inflated. it does
keep the hammock walls spread really well. at times i wouldn't mind a
few more inches width in cold weather so there would be more room for
the quilt's full loft.
> i may be trying a warmlight DAM soon. it's a little wider.
> milwaukee_son <milwaukee_son@...> wrote:
> --- In email@example.com, tim garner wrote:
> > i have to say, in my hammock i'm so close to flat that the slight
curve is hard for me to
> detect. i need to get someone to check it w/ a line.
> > i use a different method than most... narrow hammock, hung w/ not
much sag. i also
> use a DAM, softly inflated to conform.
> Tim, I've seen pictures of you in your hammock. How wide is your
DAM? How effective is it at
> pushing out the sides of your hammock?
> I'm thinking that a set up for a really cold night in a bridge
hammock could be a 26" wide
> Exped DAM inside the bridge, sleeping in a normal deep winter
sleeping bag. If the spreader
> bars are closer to 36" than 42" inches and the DAM pushes out
whatever shoulder squeeze
> there is, with an overcover one would have quite a nice "floating
tent" like feel, with closure
> small enough to keep some heat (or at least cut the air movement,
and large enough to be
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