Hammock Zipper Location: How Do You Spin?

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  1. Jason Meister says:

    I have the Warbonnet Blackbird so my zipper is on my head side by design. Since this is my first and only hammock so far I don’t know how I would feel about the opposite zipper position. Although, since I am a right side sleeper I have been thinking about obtaining (either making or buying-if possible) a hammock with a foot box on the opposite side.

    • Vernon says:

      If you contact Brandon at WB they can make a mirror image Blackbird for you. I am a right sider also and am going to hand down my original Blackbird to the kids when my mirror image is done. ($25.00 extra)

  2. Tim Ahlstrom says:

    I think I prefer feet side.

  3. Tord Hoppe says:

    Not that it´s that big a deal, but head side for me. Makes it easier to open a little bit and lean out to get some gear from underneath, or get the burner going for the morning coffe.

  4. I like my zipper head side. It is a bigger “spin cycle” but I love waking up and opening the bug net to hang my head out and greet my buddies and take in the peaceful mornings.
    Also, with the zipper on the head side, that means the opening is closer to my arms thus giving me a better reach to adjust my under quilt if necessary.

    • Derek says:

      Very good points. I will update my pro list for those reasons.

      • Vernon says:

        Derek
        Warbonnet offers a mirror image the Blackbird and Blackbird XLC

      • Vernon says:

        Derek,
        UPDATE…. how to order any mirror image Blackbird type hammock from Warbonnetoutdoors.com (for us right siders)…
        Simply order the regular style and accessories as you would normally do…..on the latter page of the order form there is a notes section at the bottom of the page….. state that this is to be a mirror image order (I did this with larger font setting in bold, just for good measure)…..then place your order (remember to write down your order number). >>next<< Send Brandon a note reminding him that your order # xxxx is a mirror image order.
        It’s easier to do than explain.

  5. Randy Smith says:

    On my hammocks with a zipper only on one side, I prefer foot side. It’s much easier for me to reach across the hammock than is to reach behind my shoulder. Also, I find that my torso weighs the edge of the hammock down, making the zipper much harder to operate. It’s much easier to lift my legs than my torso.

  6. Mike says:

    If a DIY project, why not BOTH!? Best of both worlds.

    • Derek says:

      Yes. Although for simplicity or weight savings, one zipper is preferred.

      • dewymtbike says:

        I’m getting ready to add the double zipper bug net to my hammock by DIY Gear Supply. Seeings how my whole set up is DIY Sewn by me it’s only fitting I finish the project. I’m glad to see there is no real disadvantage unless I’m missing something.

  7. puzso23 says:

    I prefer the feet side.

  8. Hangs4Fun says:

    hmmm, this is a great discussion. I was about to finish up my WBBB wannabe DiY and I’m wondering now if I can either change the side the zipper is on (which would put it on the “shelf” side) or put a zipper on both sides (adjust UQ). I like my head on the zipper side, primarily for cranking up the stove without leaving the hammock in the morning.

    • Vernon says:

      Contact WB, they offer mirror image BB construction for us right side sleepers. Plus you always have a place to hang on the right of the crowd and still face inward :)

  9. Niels Fribo says:

    I have a Hennessy Deep Jungle with a foot side zipper, that works great, but I am planning to install just a short (eg 2 feet) and lightweight zipper at the head, so it is possible to stick my head out and also adjust the underquilt.

  10. Dik Luckman says:

    I have double zips but always tend to get in foot side.

    As you suggest one ‘con’ is that it is further to reach for the zipper, I was always leaving the zipper so far unzipped it was really awkward to reach it. I now have a length of glow-in-the dark paracord running from the zipper to a running ring on the ridgeline which is easy to reach and find in the dark. I can now zip up from a semi-recumbent position.

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