Re: [Hammock Camping] Newbie with "Duh" question
- Golighter:I think everyone on this list who has used an HH can recommend it as being a great hammock. It's a novel and effective design. The materials and construction are first-rate. Overall, it's a good value, too.It's not the overall best hammock ever, though. No hammock could be. It's better for some situations than others.You're stuck with sleeping inside the bug net, since the net can't be removed. Some people feel the tarp is a little too small for heavy rain or rain in high wind.Personally, I prefer the HH when I'm packing for a fast, light trip. The hammock integrates the bug netting and tarp more than most other hammocks, so it's light and fast to put up and take down.Bear
- I like my Clark deluxe jungle hammock. But, then again, it's the
right hammock for me. Too bad there isn't a "loaner" system for
folks to test out various hammocks before buying. There are no
rental camping shops near here but perhaps there is one near you. If
so, maybe you'll be able to test various hammocks through rental
although I suspect the shop would carry only one line.
- I love my HH, but agree with the below comments. I have spent,
probably, 6 weeks in it the 13 month I have had it. I am dang tired
of having to rearrange everything every time I get up at night, and
I ALWAYS get up at night for nature, at least once. On the other
hand, I live in a buggy climate and must have bomb proof mosquito
I also have a DOG now and it occurs to me the Speer, which hangs
lower to the ground, would allow me to be closer to the dog and
hopefully still be able to hammock camp while bringing her along. I
have some old tent material and am going to make a Speer out of it
and we will see. I do LOVE the MacCat tarp, which I had made for my
HH. The tarp which comes with the HH is adequate in light rain, but
makes a horrendous noise in high winds. I was in the Sierras last
summer in it and the flapping kept me awake.
So, by the time you pay $170 for the HH and then don't use its tarp,
paying another $100 if you get Brian to make a MacCat for you, that
is one hell of an EXPENSIVE solo shelter. I do sleep GREAT in it,
though. I have become such a hammock lover that I have a shade
shelter in my back yard with a parachute hammock under it and I
spend mornings back there writing on legal pads. And, there is
nothing like it for naps, especially in rain storms.
> I don't like it because it seems more difficult to position mypads and
> gear. With a Speer type hammock, I can just stand up and movestuff around.
> In a HH I always seem to be lying squarely on top of the thing I'mtrying to
> move. In a Speer type hammock, I can configure the components(hammock, bug
> netting, tarp) however I like, dispensing with the netting or tarpif the
> conditions call for it.
And I guess you're right about the HH being expensive. I
always look for clearance models and the like, so I've been
able to get all my HHs for around $50.