Ok, here goes. I have listed this in my intro but, will do it here also.
1. Explorer Deluxe Asym $219.95
96"x2" straps add $5
2. Typhoon Rain Fly 70D Polyester $89.95
3. Radiant Double Bubble Pad XL $34.95
4. Super Shelter 4-Season Insulation System $149.95
Snake Skins were free when ordering hammock online
For a grand total of $499.80 so I guess I just make the $500 and under mark.
Alternate short cheap hammock - Grand trunk ultralight - $20
(replace the suspension)
Amsteel Whoopie Slings - MYOG or buy - Cheap or $18 ready made
Tree Straps - Harbor Freight tie downs 2500# or donated 1" Mule Tape - Free or $10.
Gossamer Gear wide 1/4 pad or other shaped pad - $37
Garlington Taco - Free if you have a poncho some garbage bags and some emergency blankets.
Wilderness Logic's custom length (if you need it) 12' long tadpole tarp - $115 or $140 depending on the length, IE for a Grand trunk ultralight you dont need a 12' long tarp.
$200 with the 11' tarp.
Alright, first off. I'm 6'2" at 150, but I'm still growing. Eek. I would like to go hammock and get off the ground. Weight is really not an issue as long as it's 5lbs or under. Maybe bulk to a minimum. I've looked at the eno one link but not sure also the WB BB. I've got $200-$250 range. Something that will get me 30° up. Thanks for all the help
There are a lot of options for someone your size. I do suggest going with an 11 foot hammock right off the bat as anything shorter could/will give you problems. I'm 6' 3" also ( and quit growing loooong ago) and sorted through several hammocks before hitting on an 11 foot I like.
or something less expensive http://simplylightdesigns.com/catalo...products_id/83
Suspension,,,,,make it easy for your first effort. Cinch buckle and strap are simple to use and adjust.
Insulation can be accomplished easily for what ever you want to spend. I do suggest an under quilt over pads, but pads are much cheaper.
Top cover, or top quilt, can be anything from a fleece blanket, sleeping bag or a made to order top quilt.
BEFORE BUYING ANYTHING, watch Shug's Video's
Good luck and Enjoy
Last edited by MotoBoss; 09-28-2013 at 07:54.
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I'm coming from a tent background. As I see it, what's the diff between a cinch buckle or anything else as it pertains to a noob? If it's light, easy, safe (with a stop knot,) and cheap, why is it not the standard?
Thanks for the reply. I still like the eno and the black bird. I've seen a lot of people buy there first "beginner" hammock, then have to spend another $200 on an actual hammock. I would like to just get an actual camping hammock, but then I do not have the experience of what I like and what I don't. So I'm not sure on what to do. I have watched shug's videos. That was a ton of help.
What kind of tarps does everyone use? I think I've seen maccat?
Should I go with a double layer hammock, because most under quilts are about $150, right? I think I could survive with a pad
I'm in Texas so might aswell have an integrated bug net.
I was definitely thinking of that suspension or some atlas straps from eno.
Also, I'm not much into diy, I'd rather just buy some good quality stuff
Thanks for putting up with the noobish questions of mine
The HH scratch and dent sale is normally 10/1, you can get some great deals.
I got into my setup pretty cheap with the hammock from WOOT. I've been happy with it for my first hammock but I'm sure I will be upgrading very soon...
I'm looking at my first hammock which is the DH thunderbird. I'm wanting a double layer and Im trying to figure out which material is best for the inside and outside. Which is more durable and which is more comfortable nylon vs polyester. Also to anyone who has used them, is the whoopie sling or cinch buckle better?