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Eric
05-28-2008, 19:31
DD Hammocks - Home - Camping Hammocks Travel Hammock Tarp Basha Tent Replacement Lightweight (http://www.ddhammocks.com/)

Anyone here have one? I came really close to getting one but the $50 shipping from the UK really turned me off at the last minute. Anyway, I was really curious about the double layer. Seems like a really good idea.

headchange4u
05-28-2008, 21:43
That looks just like an olive drab Claytor.

angrysparrow
05-28-2008, 21:46
That looks just like an olive drab Claytor.

Agreed. Even the straps and stuff sacks appear to be the same.

fin
05-29-2008, 15:33
I have a DD - got it from Redbeard. I love this hammock. Very similar to a Claytor, and very comfortable. The bug net tabs don't have anything to keep them spread out, though. Need to add a spreader bar pocket to hold the bug net open, and replace the crappy, heavy rope they give you. But I love it - and the price was right.

headchange4u
05-29-2008, 15:44
I have a DD - got it from Redtail. I love this hammock. Very similar to a Claytor, and very comfortable. The bug net tabs don't have anything to keep them spread out, though. Need to add a spreader bar pocket to hold the bug net open, and replace the crappy, heavy rope they give you. But I love it - and the price was right.

Is it wider than a Claytor Jungle? It kinda looks like it.

Wonder if you could get several hammocks shipped for the same price? Some of us could go together for an order to save on shipping.

fin
05-29-2008, 16:29
Is it wider than a Claytor Jungle? It kinda looks like it.

Wonder if you could get several hammocks shipped for the same price? Some of us could go together for an order to save on shipping.

I'll measure it when I get home, and post dimensions. BTW, what are the dimensions on the Claytor? I don't own one, just sat in one once.

I used to have an email address for someone over at DD - I'll see if I saved her address, and if so, we can ask her about shipping for multiples. They do sell their hammocks on the UK version of ebay, but the shipping is brutal, which is why I didn't get one until Redbeard sold me his.

Tobit
05-29-2008, 16:55
BTW, what are the dimensions on the Claytor?
9' 9" long x 4' wide

headchange4u
05-29-2008, 17:10
I saw this on the DD site:


Shipping is $50 per order - Any Number of Items

I'm having a hard time finding any specs; length, width, weight, etc...

Tobit
05-29-2008, 17:29
I'm having a hard time finding any specs; length, width, weight, etc...
DD Camping Hammock (http://www.ddhammocks.com/products.php)
Size:2.7m x 1.4m (comfy for people up to 6ft 5" and max 150kg)
Colour:Olive green
Weight: 700g
Includes: 6m of rope attached plus 10m of new stronger rope / webbing.

Drop
05-29-2008, 18:29
In the interests of hammockers I've just ordered a DD travel hammock. They currently are selling seconds @26* which is cheap enough for me to take a punt on. (seconds in the way of missing net loops I believe, Hopefully I should know in a few days)

Hopefully the size is similar to the camping version, they look a bit small in pictures to me.

I'm looking at it as a second hammock and with the dual layer hopefully one that I can use a sleeping mat (or possibly a weeks worth of festival clothes) saving my underquilt for spring/autumn

The site mentions they are up for group deals and I know there is currently a group buy underway on bushcraftuk.com

*which would buy me 5.5-6 gallons of petrol/gas in the UK (if you think your prices are steep :( )

fin
05-29-2008, 19:12
DD Travel Hammock is 8'7" x 4'4", or 103" x 52" or 2.7m x 1.45m. Weight on stuff sack lists it as 900 grams (31.75 oz), but a good part of that weight is from the god-awful webbing, which IMO will wick like crazy and is HEAVY. Haven't tested the theory yet, but it's some kind of woven nylon webbing, which also has a little stretch to it. Zippers are good on it, construction/sewing good, and it hangs somewhat flat (not a lot of sag) and very comfortable. It has loops to run a support for the bug net, but no end caps for the supports like some of the custom DIY claytors have. The loops are similar, but not quite the same as these: http://www.hammockforums.net/forum/general-hammock-talk/4541-spreader-bars-claytor.html#post64269

I like my DD. I can set up my Clark faster and it doesn't take as much adjustment, especially the bug net, but it is a very comfortable and roomy hammock. And the pad pocket is basically a second layer of nylon, like my DIY. A double layer hammock. For someone who likes Claytors, I imagine it would be a familiar lay. It is roomy when you get the bug net figured out.

fin
05-29-2008, 19:19
I just saw on DD's website that the webbing weighs 150g or 5.29 oz. I'll have to weigh mine, because it seems heavier than that to me.

Drop
05-29-2008, 19:53
Thanks FF, do you know if that's the 2008 size? I remember reading that they were increasing the size for 08 since it was a bit on the short size before.

A couple of videos I came across. I'm not sure how I'm going to get on with little sag, I've become quite attached to my hook and bag double.
My initial thought is to junk the tapes use my normal ring setup, but I'll try stock for a while, the setup in the videos below seems fairly straightforward.

2008 DD Travel Hammock
YouTube - DD Travel hammock 2008 version (http://youtube.com/watch?v=TggtLLecGwo)
DD camping hammock setup (looks so short)
YouTube - DD Camping hammock setup (revisited) (http://youtube.com/watch?v=Wo2BjrqIzaY)

Eric
05-29-2008, 20:05
It was pablo's video that got me turned on to hammocks. I was very close to buying a DD but like I said, the shipping turned me off. So I decided to start searching for state-side suppliers of camping hammocks and needless to say that it wasn't no time that I found my way here.

I might be interested in getting into a group buy later on but I haven't even got in my Treklight yet. (Shipped today, as a matter of fact.)

Thanks for the info guys. I like the idea of a second layer for a Thermarest or what-have-you.

headchange4u
05-29-2008, 20:44
I am going to contact DD Hammocks and ask them about a group buy. If there is enough interest I may handle a DD Hammock group buy

fin
05-29-2008, 20:54
Thanks FF, do you know if that's the 2008 size? I remember reading that they were increasing the size for 08 since it was a bit on the short size before.


This is the 2008 size.

It was the DD Hammock that got me to this site as well. I am a reformed ground dweller as well. I started camping with a bivy shelter, went to a 4-season 2 man, then to a 4-season 4 man tent for group trips. I hated sleeping on the ground and would sometimes sleep in my packable parachute hammock, but the bugs would drive me crazy. I heard about Hennessy hammocks, and bought one. I hated the darn thing. I then looked at the Claytor and the DD, and then did a web search for hammock camping to see what else there was, and found this site. I lurked for a little less than a year, and joined after I bought my Clark. It was all over for me then - now I have 5 hammocks, 4 tarps, 2 UQ's, 2 top quilts, and a lot of DIY fabric yet to use. Most of the DIY people here have a lot more than that!

Anyway, I really like the DD and am glad I bought it. It's not a totally flat sleep, but flatter than my Clark. But I don't think there is any such thing as a bad hammock, just one that doesn't fit you personally. And if you don't like your DD, I'll buy it from you. Post pics when you get it. If we do end up doing a group buy, I'll probably get another one.

Email [email protected], and address it to Penny. She's great, even though I never bought from her, she was very helpful and answered all my many questions.

philm
06-12-2008, 01:55
Hi, I'm new to the group and based in the UK.

I had a 26 'bargain' 2008 DD hammock arrive yesterday and I couldn't find anything wrong with it at all, all zips ok, mozzie net loops were all there. But I may just have been lucky.

I'm 240lbs, 5' 10" and I fit with room to spare, a little bit tight across the shoulders but that might just be me, I find all mummy sleeping bags the same. I might make a simple wooden spreader bar for the head end to give me more room.

I also bought the 3m x 3m (118" x 118" for you non metricated people out there) but didn't get a chance to put it up.

This is my first bivvy hammock and am looking forward to trying it in a couple of weekends time.

Will report my findings then.

Phil