Been lurking around here for several months and figured it was time to speak up and say hi.
I grew up camping and spent many nights sleeping under the stars with just a ground cloth when I was a kid. Several years ago we bought a popup camper so we didnt have to sleep on the ground any more. Ironically, that was the same year my son joined Boy Scouts so now I sleep on the ground one weekend a month and two weeks a year.
About a year ago a friend and fellow Scouter bought a Clark NA and couldnt stop talking about it, especially after our most recent BWCAW trip. Last fall he let me borrow it for a weekend. The temps dipped unexpectedly low (down to the low 20s) so I was quite chilly, but otherwise was really comfortable.
I started reading around here and looking at what is available. I enjoy making gear so a couple of weeks ago I ordered a Speer kit. The hammock sewed up very nicely (havnt gotten to the bug net or tarp yet). It is hanging in the basement but I havnt had a chance to really try it out yet.
Im still playing with the end-knots to get the sides to "stand up" the way I want them. After that I want to try out some of the neat suspensions that Ive seen mentioned.
Thanks for all of the information.