questions are great. I came to hammock camping almost the same way as you, and
in fact, SGT Rocks site was very influential, and I ended up buying a Hennessey
Hammock as my fisrt camping hammock. Its a nice hammock, and well made.
are LOTS of options out there nowadays when it comes to purchasing a hammock,
and a good place to start (if you haven't already) is the list of hammock
manufacturers that Ed Speer lists in his free electronic news letter. Sounds
like you're already in research mode.
now made several hammocks, in addition to purchasing my original HH. I bought Ed
Speer's book, and followed the directions with only slight modifications(double
bottom rather than single), and made a fantastic hammock. Ed's book is a great
resource, and the hammock instructions alone are worth the price of the book.
Anyway, then I started thinking about my hammocks with a critical eye, and
decided to try to improve/modify the design to better suit my needs, and I found
that I enjoy creating my own gear (within reason that is), and that it was
easier than I ever thought to make my own shelter, and I could add the features
I like and discard the ones I don't.
now made 4 hammocks, and the time to make them is now much less than the first
one. The first hammock , following Ed's directions, probably took me a total of
4 to 6 hours when all said and done. Keep in mind though, I had never used a
sewing machine before, so I was very tentative about everything I did on that
first hammock. Now I can whip out a complete hammock in anywhere between 30
minutes to a couple of hours depending mainly on what kind of bug net I go with.
I am finding there are lots of ways to configure a bug net that don't require a
whole lot of sewing.
the bottom line, you have plenty of options for purchasing a well made camping
hammock, and you'll find that it quite simple to make your own high quality
camping hammock as well. Ed's book has the basic pattern, and many modifications
can be made from this basic set of instructions. Also, Check out Rick Alnutt's
(sp?) site at IMrisk.com for some patterns/instructions on how to make several
hammocks, and some other gear as well.
luck whichever way you decide to go! You won't regret the switch from lumpy hard
ground to the comfort of a hammock!
have been a tent camper/hiker many years ago (30+), and in my later
years (now 50)rediscovering hiking/camping .........AND
having stumbled on the newer hammocks currently being
manufactured....(until recently have not even considered anything other than a
From the various sites I have visited (SGT Rock: a great site, et al) the
Hennessy seems to be the preferred hammock for craftsmanship, price and
My question relates to the decision to buy one or make one.
I have some sewing skills and the idea of making one is interesting, but
aside from the speer hammock site/book (which I have not yet purchased) there
seems to be a real lack of any patterns out there for making a hammock.
While I realize they are not rocket science and since I don't have one to
do any of you out there in hammock camping land have any
have any of you made your own?
if so, how long did it take you? What would you do/have done
if so, what plans/pattern did you use?
My initial (gut) feeling is just buy one and not worry about making one.
Leave the design and experimentation to people who have the time and
Final question: the mosquito hammock mentioned in this thread, is it a
decent option. It looks pretty nice and for what you get reasonably
thanks for letting me ramble, and any help.
David Chinell <dchinell@...> wrote:
took the Mosquito Hammock on an overnight to Myakka State Park
weekend, and it performed beautifully. It's quickly becoming a
model because it works in two distinct modes.
I think of
this as a "day and night" hammock.
I hang the hammock as one might
normally do, but I don't tie up the netting.
During the day, I flip the
netting side down, and use the hammock for
lounging or as a chair or a
shelf while I putter around camp.
When evening (and the mosquito)
comes, I flip the hammock back to nighttime
mode, with the netting side
up, and tie up the bungee lines to tension the
manufacturer is now offering a long model -- nine feet long, rather
eight. The long model uses dark rather then light netting. It's body
camouflage colored. Evidently it was produced for the French Foreign
If you're a hammock consumer, rather than a developer or
maker, I think
these are a great value. $60 for the regular one, and $70
for the long one.
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