Hey all. I'm completely new to this, but like most outdoors things, I'm willing to try anything once.
Here's my stats:
I surely want a bug net and tarp. For now, I'm only worried about summer camping. I want to do this on the cheap. I have limited sewing skills, so I could perhaps handle a DIY kit but it would have to be VERY simple to complete.
The goal is to try this out with a hammock setup that is cheap enough that I won't feel horrible if I hate it, but good enough that it doesn't taint my test. A friend recommended me to a website that talked about making a test hammock out of a bedsheet or something. The problem is if I don't like it, it could very well be due to using a bedsheet instead of a real hammock. Sometimes ultra-cheap gear can turn you off to something you'd otherwise like.
So, at 5'9" and 180lbs, I won't need any of the super heavy duty stuff. So what would you recommend? I don't know anything about this, so I'll need the whole kit. I do have a sleeping bag and REI lite-core sleeping pad. I don't know if any of that will work in a hammock though. I have no idea what other accessories I would need such as snakeskins, straps, pads, blankets, etc...
I'm not overly concerned with weight, as I'm used to dragging around a 4lbs tent.
Some options I've looked at:
Travel Hammock Skeeter Beeter and some sort of tarp (no idea what tarp)
Hennessey Hammock ASYM of some flavor, probably expedition
Mosuito Hammock Jungle Hammock
Thanks for the help!