i'm new to this wonderful forum,
i came , you guessed it, to find a convenient hammock setup
as i am going to live from my backpack and travel a lot from this year on.
I'm basically a juggler/gleeman, planning to travel around a lot in Europe first
and later on most probably in other parts of the world, may it be Africa, south america,or whatever place i might be drawn to.
Evidently when in a town or even on the road i might often have the chance to find an alternative
shelter/sleeping place/temp-home but i want to be able to rely on my hammock setup throughout the year.
So i'm looking for a setup that keeps me alive/warm down to 0°F but is flexible, light and affordable.
What i have in mind so far is
a large tarp ~4*4m so i can close it more or less completely when its really cold and windy
a rather large and durable hammock large so i can atleast lounge in there with someone else
1 or1,5cm evazote or small and short selfinflating mat
sleeping bag or two?
and some form of underquilt
I'd love to DIY but i cant afford it as the materials alone seem to get me to a higher price than what i can buy..
It might be better to open a different thread for my tarp,hammock, and underquilt needs
but I thought I'd keep it together for now as the choices affect eachother.
So hopefully you can help me a little to get a better base for my search/more specific questions
I've been thinking i could use the relags pack-hammock (which is a simple net hammock) under my hammock
to hold up a blanket/quilt or unzipped sleeping bag ?
Another consideration i had was to use a sleeping bag in a peapod fashion around my hammock, do you think that would do aswell?
Which of the above sounds better to your ears?
Hammocks i'm considering so far
Exped Scout DLX
DD Travel Hammock
to a lesser extend
Clark NA or NX200
Hennessy Safari Deluxe
One point i have to consider is, ordering from america ramps up the price by around 100€ minimum, for shippin,taxes and bank transfer!
If DIY was an option i'd probably go for an asymetrical top entry hammock with padpocket and zipable bugnet+cover, so i could use it as a biwak aswell.
But i have no overnight experience anyway so i'm not sure that's a perfect indicaton of what i like.
I will have the opportunity to try a Hennessy at a local shop next week though, so i'll hopefully have a better outlook afterwards
Insulation wise, i'm slightly reluctant atm as i couldnt find a good solution that is affordable and packs small enough so it doesnt take up too much pack space in summer in case i cant store it somewhere.
How do stacked sleeping bags fare?
I know this is probably missing some info and not clear enough on some points ,but i hope it develops further