I have one of the GI type that you saw in ebay. It's junk. It's
heavy, flimsy, and will tip over easily. And a big guy just won't be
comfortable in it.
If you are going to "the rainforest" you are probably going to spend
a lot of money on airplane tickets, ground transportation, etc.
already. So buying a top quality hammock would be a good investment.
Besides being comfortable and dry, you MUST keep from getting bit by
mosquitos as much as possible because of malaria, yellow fever, etc.
When you get there you probably won't be able to buy anything decent
to replace bad equipment that you brought with you either. Another
reason to buy good stuff before you go.
I am 6' 3", 200lb. I bought a Hennessy Expedition Asym hammock last
fall, used it on a rainy September backpack elk hunt, and was very
pleased. The whole thing cost about $300. I've used it several times
since in good weather. If you buy one of these get the extra big
rainfly with it. Also get the "under cover" which is a thin foam
layer and another nylon layer. It's meant for keeping you warmer,
but it will keep mosquitos from biting you thru the hammock. Are you
backpacking everything yourself? If you have a way to take more gear
than you want to carry (like a truck, mules, etc.), take a big (12 x
16 or so) plastic tarp and some nylon parachute cord and bungies
too. It's great to have a big dry area for people to hang around in
when its raining. Kind of a living room, dining room, kitchen area.
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, "Johan van Dijk"
> Let me first say that I do not have any experience myself with the
> mentioned in the original post.
> That said, I have the following questions/remarks/ probable
> * Tarp section is small, even though the rain forests mostly
> falling down straight, instead of 'side blown'
> * They are made of canvas: ergo heavy
> * They look, like Coy Boy said, easy to tip out of.
> * They are cheap though...
> I have used my hammock (HH) in the tropical rainforests of
> Malaysia, Guatemala and Honduras, with more then 9 months of sleep
> Fwiw, I am 6 foot 1, weight eeh 75 kg (eeeh 165 lbs).
> Now I am still in the (for me steep) learning proces of learning
to stay at
> just the right temperature in Holland (nights of about 10-15
celsius, eeh by
> heart about 50-60's F). With a JRB underquilt I am toasty one
time, just a
> tad to cold the other time, without any real top blanket cover.
> Even in the jungles I found that my sarong could provide just an
> welcoming layer. So I second Coy Boy's opinion, if you go buying:
> hennessy. There might be others too but my main concern with them
> weight. If money is an issue, you have time and capabilities <eg>
go DIY. I
> still want to try a silk DIY one, once my HH is no longer doing
the job (and
> my wallet, time schedule etc allow me to <g> )
> Sorry for the short message, gotta go teach some scuba diving in
> If you wanna have more info, either pm of on the list._,___
> Grtz Johan
> It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most
> intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.
> mob: +31 6 44 80 82 63
> email: gonewalkabout2003@...
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