I have a hammock, it's a store bought style, but not a name brand as seen on here. It's made of 100% polyester, and presently works fine for my needs of lounging around in the summer while camping. The total hang time for me is likely to be somewhere in the range of 5 to 6 hours a year.
Attached are a couple of pictures. The stitching on the hammock seems strong enough, I have never had any issues with the hammock itself supporting my weight. Originally at the end of the hammock it was bunched together with a piece of rope and then an "S" hook was attached to that.
On my first attempt at hanging the hammock the "S" hook became and "I" hook and I ended up on the ground, they just weren't strong enough to hold my weight, and straightened right out.
I replaced the rope and hook on each end with a pair of locking biners that I had lying around the house.
I noticed people here are talking about 12' lengths of hammocks and mine is only 8' 10inches. Since I am 5'6 it works for me I suppose. I am just an overweight kid. I don't find the hammock uncomfortable, and of those 5 to 6 hours a year I get in it, I spend them sleeping.
I don't have the cash to buy a new hammock at the moment, I really can't afford to get into many expenses. I have been watching Shugs video's and will likely use a thermarest pad, and wool blanket under me and a sleeping bag over top of me for the single two night trip I have in June.
I suppose I wanted to know if there was anyone willing to suggest what I should buy first... what's a MUST have for a first time hammock camper? I am considering picking up a MacCat Deluxe and the required stakes, lines etc for that. I will also get myself the appropriate tree straps (when I figure out exactly what I need), and try to come up with some whoopie slings. I have been using an expandable tree strap with large metal hooks on the end.
Weight isn't a concern for me since I will not be hiking too and from a destination. The hammock always remains in place, and it's not a far walk from the car.