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Old 11-15-2011, 12:24 PM
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I am considering the purchase and use of a hammock for backcountry camping. I have noticed a few posts with some pics of hammocks and wondered if those who do or have used one could offer any insights or suggestions?

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Old 11-15-2011, 01:32 PM
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I love my ENO double nest and I also have a Byers Easy Traveller that I have slept very comfortably in. I have complaints about either one. For my ENO, I removed the two metal caribiners that come attached to it and replaced them with home made tree hugger straps to save on weight. (Used straps from a cheap harbor freight ratcheting tie down kit, cut off the metal pieces, work great) I like having a really big tarp for my rainfly, so I bought a 12'x12' from sportsmans guide ware house for cheap, it allows me set it up on the diagonal and on the square, which can be handy in enclosing your self more fully when it is cold. I also bought the bug net enclosure thing for the ENO, which my wife uses when she goes.
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Old 11-15-2011, 01:45 PM
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"I love my ENO double nest " for choosing the Dbl nest over a single or the pro-nest? I am wondering if the larger hammock provides enough or any extra comfort compared to the singles?

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Old 11-15-2011, 01:54 PM
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Pmike,

I think you are going to find Hammock choices are going to be like fly rod or back pack selection, everyone has their own opinion.

but, i am vary happy with the one i use and my brother really enjoys his. Maybe this will give you some other options.

I have the Hennessy Deep Jungle XL. For me this has been a really good choice for the Smokys in the spring and fall and is rated as a three season hammock. This is a double bottom Hammock and in my last thread you can see where i purchased what Hennessy calls the overcover. It is just a light weight cover for the netting that helps with maintaining the heat. The Deep Jungle XL comes with a reflective bubble mat that is light weight and fits between the two bottom layers for insulation.

My brother purchased the Hennessy Explorer Deluxe and he uses his Thermarest pad for insulation. Both are really nice Hammocks and both come with the trap.

The trap that comes with the Hammock has advantages and dis-advantages. The standard tarp that comes with a Hennessy is light weight and does not cost any extra. I have found that it is more about proper location and setup than anything else when is comes to protection from the rain. The best example i could provide was a thread where my brother and i stayed in our hammocks a few years ago during the rain storm that flooded Nashville. Even in my thread you can see that it was more about location and setup than anything else.

Here is the link to the thread on surviving the nashville flood in a hammock:

http://littleriveroutfitters.com/for...ad.php?t=13870

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If you check out the link dont forget to read my brother response, IamColby, its classic.

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Old 11-15-2011, 02:27 PM
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"I love my ENO double nest " for choosing the Dbl nest over a single or the pro-nest? I am wondering if the larger hammock provides enough or any extra comfort compared to the singles?

Thanks,
Mike

My wife wanted the double because she was hoping that two could sleep in it... which I guess two could, but not very comfortably because every movement the other person makes is multiplied by the hammock. It is still very comfortable for one. Some people don't like the extra fabric of the double because it can tend to close up around you, but haven't had much of an issue with it. Honestly, I didn't to a whole lot of product comparison, I had just heard good things, went for it, and loved it.

The Hennessy's look really nice, and I am sure are real comfortable but were out of my price range. With a little bit of DYI and some price shopping you can get all the same comfort for 1/2 the cost.

My set ups:

Byer's hammock -$20
ENO DBL - $60
12x12 ultralight tarp (sportsmans guide wearhouse) $20 each
Harbor freight straps (2 12' straps per pack) $5 each pack (often on sale for $2/pack)
Aluminum tent stakes $0.99 each (usually carry 4-8 )

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Old 11-15-2011, 06:14 PM
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Default Thanks Mac...Great read!

Reading your Brother's reply reminds me all too well of my brother and i...tooooo funny!

Mike

PS: Thanks so much to each of you for responding and for the suggestions. Being an adolescent 56 (almost) year old, any information helps!
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Old 11-16-2011, 12:40 AM
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I'm a hammocker, but it took two tries for it to "take". I had a hennessey back when they originally came out several years ago. This was the original, bottom entry one. I tried my hardest to like it but I just froze to death in it, even in the dead of summer.

You need some sort of bottom insulation. The hammock itself conforms to your body, which is great, except that it smooshes flat your sleeping bag and provides nearly no insulation. I tried pads in the hennessey, but it was too difficult with the bottom entry. I sold it. More recently I got a new hammock and have used a thin pad, which is okay, but have gotten an underquilt which is basically a part of a sleeping bag suspended under you. Works great. Really comfortable.

I really like my hammock. Mine's a "warbonnet blackbird" but you can make your own gathered end hammock out of plain fabric. No sewing required.

If you want to know a lot about hammocks and be entertained at the same time, do a search for "Shug" on youtube. He's hilarious. This is part one of a 6 part into series:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d7NZVqpBUV0

Also check out www.hammockforums.net


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Old 11-16-2011, 12:54 AM
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You mentioned " (Used straps from a cheap harbor freight ratcheting tie down kit, cut off the metal pieces, work great)" Could you clarify what parts you cut off? Are you saying that you cut off the hooks on the straps from Harbor Freight or the "s" hooks on the tarps?

It seems like cutting the hooks off the straps would be a good idea and replacing them with some sturdy aluminum carabinars might save a bit of weight IMHO, anything that equates to less carry weight is a big plus to me. There was a time when I could have carried a 50 plus pound pack, but those days are far gone

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I am considering the purchase and use of a hammock for backcountry camping. I have noticed a few posts with some pics of hammocks and wondered if those who do or have used one could offer any insights or suggestions?

Mike
Mike,
I do not have any experience with camping hammocks; but, I love lounging in the yard types. I found this webpage http://www.tothewoods.net/ in my Internet Guide Ebook and it looks to be very descriptive and useful for researching camping hammocks. Plus the website creator has some very neat ideas and tips.

I hope it helps!
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You know a guy has been gettin into hammocks if he knows who Shug is lol...
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