Hey everyone... I guess that I am new here (just now setting up an account but have been gleaning info for over a month. I wanted to let everyone know about my experiences as a hammock “noob” and the gear that I have selected. First some brief background info.... I have been camping for many years now (Im 25) mainly car camping but a few overnight trips in the woods.. no serious backpacking. I have gotten interested in hammocks due to a lot of buzz from people I meet in the woods and on the river. I just now got into kayaking and getting my roll down and having some fun on some runs here in NE Alabama. I thought a hammock would be great due to the small size and weight of a hammock and no poles to deal with (could fit in a small dry bag to fit in the kayak) for the potential of overnigth paddling trips. I have done a significant amount of research on hammocks now ( thanks shug for your awesome vids)and went with the Bear Mountain Bride by jacks r better. Of course I set it up as soon as I got home from work in the back yard, however I was getting murdered by mosquitoes and made setting up very frustrating (it being my first time to set up a hammock). After I figured out the Tri glides set up was pretty quick and easy. Now a quick review of pros and cons I have about it after hanging in the back yard for an hour...
-easy set up after you figure everything out ex. strap height, tree distance, tri glides
-maybe 2 min or less with practice
-felt comfortable when laying in the hammock, on my side and back.
-Packs down pretty small (without poles and bug net)
-pocket for pad on bottom
-adjustable gear pocket
-removable bug net
-came with ultra light weight blow up pillow
-lots of room in the hammock for gear
-could slide up and use as lounge chair
-could use as chair hanging over the side
-bug net hangs pretty far from your face (didn't really feel claustrophobic)
-lots of squirm room
-Poles ( subject to bending or losing on trail)
-Very cocoon like (cant see your peripherals when lying down)
-Feels unstable when sitting up ( might get used to with time)
-Not quite sure the best way to put on bug net ( omni tape kinda annoying) suggestions?
-Have I mentioned that I am not sold on omni tape
Theres probably more that I can think of but not right now... This is just my impressions after about an hour in the backyard.. The mosquitoes were so bad there were some that got trapped in the bug net with me when I put it on... I think that I am happy with it, but not 100% sold yet.. guess I need to get it out in the woods. There are trade off with everything I saw between the hammocks on the market and I thought this hammock covered a lot of bases. I will probably do some pics tomorrow and maybe a vid (depending on misquotes). I have not decided on a tarp yet but am seriously lookin into a MacCat or Warbonnet (again suggestions?). Hope this might help some people out there lookin at getting into one of these. Ill keep yall posted