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Old 08-23-2012, 08:26 AM
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Originally Posted by benintenn View Post
I wish I could try out hammock camping before I commit to buying one. I do love my Hubba Hubba but sleeping in a hammock does intrigue me.

That stove sounds pretty cool. Can't wait to hear how it performs.
Hey Benintenn - that Hubba Hubba is a really nice tent! I used a BA Lynx Pass last year and earlier this year, but the possible extra comfort of a hammock really called to me.

A relatively cheap ($25) yet quite comfortable way to try sleeping in one would be a hammock that is sold (of all places) at Wal Mart. If it agrees with you, this hammock really could stand up to backpacking use with the suspension eventually swapped out. If sleeping in it does not agree with you, you'll have an easy to set up hammock for backyard barbeques and car camping. Folks at hammock forums praised it so much that I picked one up out of curiosity. Three people took long naps in it at a family gathering after The Flying Pig marathon.

The Wal Mart hammock had a person (my wife's cousin) sleep in it overnight along Craig Creek, Virginia back in May. I brought it along in case anyone in the group was curious about it. I slept in my DD hammock for my first overnight front country hammock sleeping experience, and the 2 nights after that. Each night I slept wonderfully. I wasn't comfortable bringing a hammock backpacking until I had given it a try elsewhere first. Have you ever been camping/backpacking in a large group and found yourself unable to sleep if the rest of the group hasn't stopped partying for the night? Each night I tucked in early so I could get up early to fish. Each night I fell asleep quickly and got teased the next morning about the volume of my snoring..

So if your curious, try an inexpensive one out, even in the front country. I think amazon has a sub $20 grand trunk one as well, but I am not sure if it comes with any suspension at all. If/when you do try it out, the first important thing to consider ahead of time is that when sleeping in a hammock convective heat loss out of the bottom is a big issue. Bottom insulation is of equal or greater importance than the top insulation when you are in your tent. Your sleeping bag counts on loft for warmth, and in a hammock will be compressed in areas it is not when on the ground. A closed cell foam mat/exercise mat or a partially inflated camp pad under you will work well. There are too many options and considerations to go into here, but two great resources to read are and a recently published book entitled "the ultimate hang", only four bucks in the Kindle edition.. Before investing any more than $25 or so dollars on hammock equipment, I would strongly advise reading about all the various components that go into a setup. One example of a difficulty/mistake made by countless people trying hammocks out is the fault of manufacturers: most of the tree straps sold retail by the known brands such as ENO, Grand Trunk, Hammock Bliss, etc are made of nylon. These tree straps stretch under load and you will find yourself on the ground needing to adjust your suspension in the middle of the night. They also cost about double what a good set of non-stretch polyester or polypropylene straps will run you if you shop at the right place. Then there are decisions like whether you want to save weight by using knots and hitches at connection points or have the simplicity of a hardware solution like climber grade carabiners, descender rings, dutch clips, etc.

By all means feel free to ask me any specific questions you may have..
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