Iím on the forum Ė which means Iíve completely given up on myself to find what Iím looking for and Iím turning to all those of you who are granola-eatiní and true hammock campers out there.
I am 6í6Ē and 250 pounds. I've been trying to find a hammock which would fit me for several months now and have wasted a ton of money on several options which just didnít work. Thus far, Iíve purchased a HH Explorer Deluxe A-Sym and a Tom Claytor Jungle Hammock. I've also tried a Speer, Eagleís Nest, and a Bliss. Right now Iím looking at something called ďThe Skeeter Beater ProĒ which is 10.5í long from The Travel Hammock, but I didnít want to buy it before I got the opinion of others who knew more about this industry than my shallow experience.
Essentially, I am looking for an all-in-one system (ie. hammock, mosquito netting, and tarp) which can hold my big frame and also not cost me a ton on weight (although at this point that is my last concern).
So far, I liked the HH the best, not because I thought it was made of the best materials or the strongest, but it was just the easiest and most sensible thing as I didnít need a wholly separate ridge line and it came with straps which didnít mess with the trees. Set-up was a cinch and I could tell that if it were merely longer it would be my best option. After playing with the HH, I became instantly biased with a strong distaste for an additional ridge line hook-up as I figured out quick that I needed to set the hammock fairly high on the tree and make it very tight as my weight pulled it down quite a bit. With this in mind, putting on a separate ridgeline to raise the mosquito netting was actually too high out of my reach to make it practical and it was just "one more thing" to deal with.
So guys, WHAT ARE MY OPTIONS? Iím not skilled with the needle and the thread and my wife is merely domesticated to the extent that she understands only how to use our satellite dish. Please help me find something that works as Iím driving myself crazy (and bankrupt) by buying a bunch of stuff which doesnít work.