The Ridgerunner (RR) is our full-featured Bridge-style hammock. It fits a user up to 6'6" and is made from breathable water-resistent fabric. Just like the Blackbird it comes with your choice of suspensions and can be used on the ground as a bug bivy, just make sure to use a groundcloth to protect the fabric. The netting unzips on 3 sides and stuffs into a storage pocket at the foot-end of the hammock. The RR has general purpose storage pockets on each side of the hammock which we are calling "saddlebags" they hang on the outside of the hammock but are accessible from the inside without having to unzip the netting, they also remain fully functional when the netting is packed away. The RR is available in a single or double layer body just like the Blackbird to facilitate pad use or heavier individuals.
The Bridge design has a few differences compared to our end-gathered models such as the Traveler and the Blackbird. First you'll notice that if you use the stock spreader bars, the bridge hammock will be heavier than the equivalent Blackbird, if hiking poles are substituted, the weight is much closer. The bridge hammock will tend to have a flatter lay compared to the Blackbird/Traveler, but it's not nearly as wide. It's not impossible to lay in the fetal position in a bridge, but those who like laying fetal alot might prefer the Blackbird. Due to the spreader poles on the Ridgerunner (or any bridge hammock), you can't get as steep of a pitch on your tarp and if you do pitch it close to the hammock you'll have to be very careful to make sure the pole tips don't contact your tarp when getting in and out. Basically you can't pitch the tarp nearly as steeply as you can with an end-gathered design, so for a given tarp size you'll have better coverage over the Blackbird. One solution to this would be to use an undercover or sock to help protect the underside and ends of the hammock/underquilt instead of getting this protection from the tarp alone, using our undercover or sock would allow you to go with a smaller tarp though, offsetting some of this extra weight. Bridge-style hammocks are also generally not quite as stable as an end-gathered design, this is generally only noticed when sitting upright in the hammock with your legs fully extended. Many people will find this easy to get used to and not have any problem, but some may prefer the Blackbird/Traveler/end-gathered design for this reason. The current spreader poles at the head end of the hammock have a middle piece that is 4" long, this section can be removed to decrease the spread which will increase stability as well as allow for a tighter pitch of your tarp, running your suspension at a steeper angle upward toward the tree will increase stability as well. Certain types of hiking poles can sometimes be substituted for the spreader bars to save weight. Types of hiking poles that will work are poles that have a 1/4" camera mount threaded bolt on top (normally the handle screws off to expose the camera-mount bolt) and are also straight. You'll also want one that either does not have an active shock absorber or one that has a lock-off feature that turns the shock absorber off. All you'd need is one set of our hiking pole tips per hiking pole. (2 sets if using hiking poles at both ends of the hammock)
The Spindrift is our sock for the Ridgerunner, a "sock" (named after a tubular windsock) is a giant fabric sack that the hammock hangs entirely inside of. They're made of fabric that is both wind and water resistant but is breathable enough so you can keep it zipped up. The entire hammock (including your underquilt) hangs inside the sock, creating an enclosed protected space. Since the space is enclosed, you'll usually notice an increase of 15-20deg or more compared to the outside air temp, this can help alot when the temperature approaches the limit of your top or underquilt. Socks are normally used in colder weather. If conditions contain rain or heavy wet snow you'll want a tarp in addition to the sock as the sock is water-resistant, not waterproof.
The undercover is just that, a waterproof cover that protects the bottom of the Ridgerunner from moisture. It's made of tarp fabric and protects the bottom of the hammock (or your underquilt) from windblown moisture that might come in under the sides/ends of your tarp in severe conditions. The undercover would be a lighter-weight alternative to the Spindrift, only protecting the bottom of the hammock from moisture and wind but not trapping any heat. It is also avail with an attached hood so it doubles as a poncho.
All our products come with a lifetime warranty on defects in materials or craftsmanship, and we also have a 60-day return-for-any-reason policy as well. All our gear is sewn with pride right here in the good ole' USA at our small shop just outside of Denver, CO in the foothills of the Rocky Mts.
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The two weights listed represent the two different suspension options. Pole weight (9.9oz) not included.
Every hammock comes with your choice of suspension, either the line/strap suspension or adjustable webbing suspension.
The adjustable webbing suspension is basically a cinch-buckle type suspension. If you choose this suspension, you’ll get 14’ of webbing per end. Each piece has a loop sewn into one end. You’ll place carabiners (sold separately in the accessories section) in these loops so you can simply take the webbing around the tree and clip back onto itself. All length adjustments are done by adjusting the webbing at the cinch buckle. This is by far the most quick and convenient type of suspension, and by far the most popular option.
The line/strap suspension cconsists of 2 tree straps which you will hitch (girth hitch/larkshead , see Animated Knots ) to the tree, leaving one end of the strap hanging free. This end has a welded ring which you will tie the hammock line to (via a slipped buntline hitch). All adjustments are made via tying/retying the knot. This is not nearly as popular as the adjustable webbing suspension and is generally only for folks who like to tie knots and are looking to save a few oz. However, with a little practice it is quick to tie, and since it’s “slipped” it unties very quickly. (note: the slipped buntline hitch may slip if used by users over 250#, so this knot may not be the best choice for heavier users)
All webbing is low stretch polyester and all line is low stretch single braid dyneema.