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Warbonnet BlackBird

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5.00 / 5 (6 reviews)


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John Haley
( Quoddy )

Locale:
New York/Vermont Border
Warbonnet BlackBird on 07/04/2009 08:40:04 MDT Report Post Print

Rating: 5 / 5

I've used several hammocks and always had the feeling, "if only it had". Then I bought a Warbonnet BlackBird. The hammock was designed by, and is hand built by, a long time hammocker and it shows. The comfort and features are excellent. Full length zipper, netting, shelf, footbox, and suspension all contribute to as perfect a hammock as I've found. The WBBB comes in four fabric combinations and two suspension types. Fabrics are single or double in both 1.1oz and 1.7oz nylon. The doubles have a built in pad holder for those that choose that route. The suspensions are either line with tree straps (lightest) or webbing and tri-buckles (faster adjustment).

The comfort of this hammock is excellent. I have more than ample shoulder space and find that I can sleep flat and comfortably in almost any position. I ended up buying a single 1.7 for it's lighter weight to augment the double 1.7, and will be using it on an upcoming month long hike.

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Lori Pontious
( lori999 - M )

Locale:
Central Valley
The hammock camper's hammock on 07/16/2009 11:58:02 MDT Report Post Print

Rating: 5 / 5

It was made by a hammocker and includes lots of nice little features that add up to a high quality, comfortable, versatile hammock. I've hung the Blackbird in less than optimal places, over brush and in narrow and wide spaces, without a loss of comfort. Going out with a satisfied Hennessy owner and having them do double takes was also kind of fun. :)

I have a full length underquilt, pads, and will probably be adding a 3/4 length quilt to the mix for versatility/lighter summer packing weights. The pad pocket makes it easy to layer in a pad with a quilt, or just take the ccf. The shelf makes more of a difference than one would expect. Having tie out points that travel (on a ring sliding along the cord) make it easy to use the same stake as the tarp while still having the tarp tie out where it needs to be for optimum tautness.

All in all, this is a really neat hammock. I'd let more people try it out but am afraid I'd never get it back.

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Chuck Clark
( chuckc1971 )
Great Product! on 09/12/2009 22:08:59 MDT Report Post Print

Rating: 5 / 5

Much is available regarding hammocks and sleeping comfort. I am definitely one of those light sleepers who hated this aspect of backpacking more than any other. Cold/heat, bugs, rain, etc.. didn't bother me. Sleeping on the ground, however, was my issue. After seeing several reviews, I went with a double layer 1.1 Blackbird and an OES Spinn-UL tarp. Easily stuffed both into 1/2 of my expanding mountain bike seatpack. I found a pad similar to Evazote that I cut to 30" wide and it sleeps perfectly now. I slip the pad between the layers and have a "quilt" on top. Very comfy down to 60 degrees!

Ike Mouser
( isaac.mouser )
best hammock there is on 09/14/2009 11:18:42 MDT Report Post Print

Rating: 5 / 5

The WBBB is the best piece of gear i own, hands down, i own the DBL layer 1.1, replaced the suspension webbing + tri rings with 16 feet of amsteel blue 7/64 whoppie slings on each side, give me 7 feet of adjustability and the whole package comes in at 24.6 oz. Never going back to the ground, never.

The builder (warbonnetguy @ hammockforums.net) is a climber and hammocker, so you know it is built light, fast, and durable. I learned more knots from studying this hammock and building gear for it than i have my whole life.

Edited by isaac.mouser on 09/29/2009 11:48:42 MDT.

Mark Hurd
( markhurd - M )

Locale:
South Texas
Craftsmanship, Design, Comfort, Convenience, Multi-Use:The Blackbird has it all. on 01/22/2010 18:31:43 MST Report Post Print

Rating: 5 / 5

Like the other reviewers, I am really pleased with this piece of gear. Brandon makes each hammock himself. He offers two weights of fabric and single and double bottom models.

The roominess of this hammock is amazing and Brandon's attention to detail is brilliant. The hammock is configured with a unique kind of "shelf." The "shelf" is so incredibly useful it is hard to understand how I ever did without it in my old hammock. It gives you several square feet of "out-of-the-way" storage in the hammock. A place to park my parka or hide my hat. I often keep a book there or other small gear I might need while in the hammock. The foot box makes for a nearly flat lay and the cut is generous giving you volumes of room. No claustrophobia here. A full length zipper lets you throw the mosquito netting over the back and use the hammock as the back-country's most comfortable chair. All of this with excellent workmanship, reinforced seams, and top of the line materials make for an outstanding product.

-Mark

Edited by markhurd on 05/07/2011 21:06:33 MDT.

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Doug I.
( idester )

Locale:
MidAtlantic
The most comfortable sleep I've ever had on 04/05/2010 08:13:03 MDT Report Post Print

Rating: 5 / 5

The Warbonnet Blackbird hammock offers, quite simply, the most restful and comfortable sleep I've ever had in the backcountry. It's very well made (craftsmanship), strong and sturdy, and has nice touches, like the gear shelf for those things you want available in the middle of the night. It really opens up available camping areas, as I can hang in places a tenter wouldn't even consider. I've had mine down to 3 degrees F (with an underquilt and overquilt) and was toasty all night. The Blackbird has transformed me into a hammocker, and I'm sleeping better than ever!

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