Warbonnet Ridgerunner Bridge Hammock Review

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  1. gasham says:

    “The only thing missing is a matching tarp.” …perhaps if the ‘Cloudburst’ was 12” longer? otherwise, it was built to match the Ridgerunner.

    • Derek says:

      There are a lot of tarps that will cover the main hammock body, and yes, the Cloudburst will work 🙂 But even these tarps will not completely cover the triangle suspension on the hammock. It’s not a huge deal because Brandon has designed the Ridgerunner with multiple drip-off points.

  2. Good review Derek.

    Your video seems to be set to Private.

    There is a great aftermarket pole bag made specifically for the RidgeRunner poles available at Arrowhead along with several other accessories.

    I am curious why you say not to use anything else for spreader poles than those included…Warbonnet offers accessories specifically so you can use some hiking poles as spreader bars and for over a year I have only used the supplied poles 2 or 3 times….and never on a hiking trip. I purchased some new hiking poles specifically for the use as spreader bars on the RR. O and there is a tarp made as a matching tarp to the RR…the Cloudburst by WB was designed just for the RR.

    Otherwise great summery.

    Paul @ Arrowhead Equipment

    • Derek says:

      Great insight Paul, thanks. I overlooked the accessories Brandon has available. There is a hiking pole adapter he sells in the accessory page.

      • Thanks for the clarifications Derek. I will note to that there are a number of poles that will work without the pole adapters as well but you do need to be cautious of any rough edges they have as they could rub on your tarp or other gear. If using hiking poles one thing to look for in a pair is a set that has a lock feature for the shock…being able to remove the springiness that the shocks offer helps with how solid the poles will feel. The ones I use in particular feel way more solid than the stock poles that come with the RR….at least in my opinion.

        Paul @ Arrowhead Equipment

        • Derek says:

          Thanks Paul. This is great information. It does bring up a good point about tarp coverage. With the spreader bars, there are limits to how tight you can (or should) pitch a tarp over a bridge hammock, as far as being mindful of the metal hardware and abrasion.

  3. Roman says:

    Thank you for the review!

    I own Blackbird hammock and think that maybe I should try Ridgerunner. I suppose that along with the new experience I will have lighter UQ and the ability to use my hiking poles as spreader bars, and without suspension (but including triangles) the difference in weight won’t be so big.

    But I doubt if I really need this new experience. How is Ridgerunner comparing to Blackbird in terms of comfort? I like the Blackbird and sleep well in it (usually I start on my side in fetal position (I’m 5’8″ / 132 lbs) and then sleep on my back), though I have now idea what is it to sleep in the bridge hammock.

    • Derek says:

      Comparing a bridge hammock to a gathered-end is nearly as productive as comparing apples with oranges. Some folks who love bridges can’t stand gathered-end and vice-versa. Bridge hammocks offer a unique lay. For me, they compare a lot with cots, although there are less suspension points so the fabric conforms to your body better in a bridge hammock. I think bridge hammocks are very comfortable and are easier to find a “sweet spot” than a gathered-end, typically. I often recommend bridge hammocks to people who want to try hammocks but haven’t been able to get comfortable in a gathered-end. Bridge hammocks are also easier to insulate.

      I would try one before buying one. See if it is something that works for you.

  4. rob says:

    Awesome hammocks, who needs a tent. @ Roman, do they not have Amazon in Russia, or something similar?

  5. jeff w says:

    Thank you for the review.*** Very interesting, all this hammock camping stuff. So interesting to see so many variations and innovations in backpacking. This ability to use a normal sleeping pad really piques my interest.

    BTW, a little epoxy from any big box store or your local hardware store should keep that short 4″ section of pole attached to the long section. No need to shock cord the pole.

    ***Oh yes, when you stopped talking and the musical soundtrack came on, the volume doubled. Ouch.

    • Derek says:

      Jeff, thanks for the tip on glueing the poles together — that might be a great option for some folks. And, sorry about the sound quality. This is something I’m working on, trying to slowly accumulate the right gear, etc.

  6. Bob Jordan says:

    Very nice review! I’m new to hammocks and this review really helped.

    A side view picture of the hammock hanging with a person in it and no tarp as well as a picture showing where your head is in relation to the top spacing would be ideal to add.

    I love your book, especially the inviting and informative pictures.

  7. Vince Doss says:

    “…the inviting and informative pictures.”
    Bob hit the nail on the head. Your illustrative skill is phenomenal! I see your drawings everywhere and know it’s yours right away.
    This review is very useful. I am still right at 250 lbs and reluctant to pull the trigger on the WBRR. I will probably end up getting a Warbonnect Blackbird XLC DL which your review of helped as well.

    Humble gratitude is offered to you for all the teaching and guidance you have provided to so many.

  8. John Armstrong says:

    You list the ridge line as 120 inches. Is that from cross bar to cross bar? What would the ridge line be from the top of the triangle to the top of the triangle?

    • Derek says:

      From the report:

      Besides the pole situation, the overall length of the Ridgerunner is probably its biggest shortcoming. From the tip of the triangle on the head end to the foot end, the ridgeline measures approximately 13 ft (4 m), depending on how tight you hang. This results in the longest minimum hang requirements of any backpacking hammock I’ve tested, at about 15 ft (4.5 m).

  9. Matt L says:

    Would you recommend this hammock for a 6’3″ side sleeper? If not, what would you recommend? I am looking to replace my ENO Doublenest

  10. PJ says:

    I wonder if you couldn’t attach a copper pipe cap fitting to those bar mounting points. Then you don’t have to carry any bars, but just cut two sticks for spreaders, and slip them into the cup of the cap fitting.

  11. Al Brookins says:

    Nice review of the WBRR. Josh makes 6 oz carbon replacement poles for the RR. He has an option of no small bar extension at the head, which I opted for. If you order insist on the solid carbon ferrule at both head and foot ends. I did have a hollow ferrule break. Josh was quick to replace it. I did have two more days left on the hike and improvised a replacement pole in the field.

  12. I read that the RIDGERUNNER HAMMOCK can be bought in 2 sorts.

    normal Fabric: 1.1oz/30D Nylon (x2)
    Hammock weight (whoopies): 1 lb 7.5oz.


    the multicam Fabric: 1.9oz/70D Multicam® inner+1.1oz/30D outer
    Hammock weight (whoopies): 1 lb. 11oz.

    there is a difference in weight.

    My question: is the difference (in your opinion) to consider for the better quality of the fabrication or only to consider to have the camouflage.

  13. Eric says:

    @PJ: I wouldn’t recommend using sticks as poles. First, there is a good amount of compressive stress on those poles, so you’d need a very stout stick with very straight grain and no knots. Second, in order to cut the ends very straight and neat, you’d need to carry a saw. That pretty much negates your weight savings.

  14. Rob says:

    I received the Ridgrunner earlier this week.
    I would like to hang it in the house and got some wall brackets.
    The distance between the wall brackets will be 20′ or 6 meter.
    Any advice how high the wall brackets should be placed to get the hammock at 70 cm high?

    • Derek says:

      Yes! Have you tried using my hammock hang calculator?

      • Rob says:

        I did, but every review is stating that the bridge hammock should be strapped quite a bit lower as a gathered hammock.
        So does the calculator also works for bridge hammocks?
        I was not sure about that.

        • Derek says:

          Sorry about that, you are absolutely correct. I forgot to mention that. Basically you set the hang point a foot lower than the calculator states. I’m working on an update to accommodate bridge hammocks.

    • Bob Jordan says:

      My use of the hang calculator gives 4.8″ hang height if I did it correctly.
      that is 20 ft, 20 degrees, 120 in. ridgeline length, 220 pounds, hammock length 121 in., set height 27.6 in.
      seems 2 ft 8 in would be too low. hammock would be stretched horizontally.
      Derek, what did I miss?

  15. Bob Jordan says:

    I used 20 ft for distance between anchors, other dimensions as above except 4’8″ – 12″ = 3’8″ hang height.
    Seems like I’m missing something??

  16. Onesimpleidea says:

    I’m not sure where to post this question, so I’ll add it to this article, which has a “comparison” flavor to it anyway. Generally speaking, are there any places (vendors) in the U.S. where these hammocks are set up and able to be tested by potential buyers? I’m thinking along the lines of REI or some place like that. I’d like to test a few different ones before picking the one that’s best for me. Thanks.

    • Derek says:

      Not that I know of. There are a few shops that have tried a rental program but those haven’t been very popular either. One of the best options I’ve seen are group hangs; where like-minded hammock folks gather over a weekend to camp and share experiences. It’s a great way to see dozens of different hammocks and try them out. Trouble is, finding a group hang in your area at a convenient time is rare. You can pop over to hammockforums.net and search. Where are you located? There may be folks nearby who can meet you and swap gear to try.

    • Eric says:

      It depends on what you mean by “test”. Most of the small manufacturers won’t mind if you come by their shop and hang in one for a test. Unless your test involves sleeping in it over night 🙂 Of course, that only works if they are located relatively close to you. I like Derek’s idea of attending a group hang.

  17. David Nieting says:

    I just got my Ridgerunner today, and I have to tell somebody about it. I set it up, like most said leave it sag close to the ground, and when you put the bars in it will be just right. Well, I found myself laying on the ground. Tighten, lift, tighten, lift, raise head end. Ahhhhh. It felt really nice. So now time to put on my underquilt. Well, my DIY underquilt at 48″ wide was too wide. That’s ok, I shoved a Thermorest in between layers. Hey, better, but still. Then I shoved in my Nemo Cosmos pad. Oh baby, it’s better than my bed. Flat, warm, soft. I could lay on my back, on my side, and yes even on my stomach. It will be interesting to see if I sleep. I liked laying in my Kammock, but could never sleep.

    Stay tuned, I spend the night out next Thursday.

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