Re: [Hammock Camping] can't decide between HH and Speer
- Quoting dksierra <torres3@...>:
> I've read alot of the archives and am still having trouble decidingI have used the Speer type hammock extensively. I usually sleep on my side.
> whther to try the HH A-sym or the Speer hammock. I'm pretty cold
> natured and would love to get something like the speer with the Pea
> Pod (i failed sewing in jr. high school) but I wonder if I would
> have the same discomfort in it that I have in the Clark since I am a
> side sleeper. can one sleep fairly flat in a speer hammock or do
> you need the A-sym feature of the HH for that?
> Hi Kim,
Just like the HH, there is a nice pocket on either side of the center which
allows the feet and head to be at about the same level as the hips. This is
accomplished by sleeping across the diagonal.
- thanks for the opinion! I'm a long way from NC but thanks for the
offer to try yours as well!
Sounds like the Speer would be good for side sleeping and won't
require me to find someone to sew an underquilt since they have the
Pea Pods. thanks again!
- I was hoping that would be the case; there are several things I like
about the Speer design and I think that's where I will start. can
always get a HH later if needed. Seems like everyone agrees you
can't have too many!!
- --- In email@example.com, "Ray Garlington"
> You can be nearly flat in the Speer-style hammock. Side sleepingis
> not a problem. In fact, after hearing from all the stomachsleepers
> I set up mine just to try it. Well, you can position yourself onthat,
> your stomach, but I couldn't find a position where my faced wasn't
> plastered up against the hammock bottom fabric. If you solved
> you could probably get used to sleeping on your stomach, but thereRay, others,
> is a slight bow (I can't get exactly flat no matter what I try).
Just to clarify, when I said I slept on my stomach, it was not in a
speer style hammock. While I don't mind having my face squashed
into the side of the hammock, I haven't been able to eliminate
the "bow" in my back on this style hammock, when on my stomach. I
DO sleep VERY comfortably on my side in this hammock though.
When I slept on my stomach in a hammock, it was in one much more
like your hammock bliss. It was a Venezuelan, hand made cotton one,
the was about 10' (yes, 10 FEET) wide and you could lay in almost
any position, including upside down (i.e., flip the entire hammock
over while inside, resulting in the opening, being below and my face
down and peeking through the crack, hammock edges coming down either
side of my head, kinda cradling it, over my collar bones and one leg
in either side). I know it sounds very awkward and uncomfortable,
but in that hammock, and with lots of time in it so I was not afraid
of falling out, it worked for me.
YMMV, so I would caution anyone from trying this until they are very
comfortable with moving around in their hammock and are sure they
can sleep this way. I don't want someone to get hurt, because they
fell out sleeping this way. It takes some pratice and sleeping
You definiately DO NOT want to try this in a Hennessy, and I'm not
sure it will work in a Speer or any "camping" hammock (bug netting
gets in the way), but works great on the big, wide and loose Mayan
style hammocks and the like.
PS: you've heard, "Hike your own hike", well how about this
one, "hang your own hammock".