Originally Posted by roverdisc1
It would be helpful for this newbie if a thread could be started that consolidates say, everyones favorite set-ups and the pros and cons of each.
There is a vast amount of info in these forums, but trying to do the research to buy my first hammock has got my head spinning, popping in and out of threads and different forums and different websites.
So far for me the clark seems to be the way to go. I like the insulating pockets and more importantly the weather shield. But as everyone here knows more than I, a side by side sort of comparison with the +'s and -'s would sure be helpful.
Let me see if I can throw even more to think about at you.
What are factors important to you? ie cost, versatility, weight, bugs, cold weather, warm weather.
HH are bottom loaders with built in bugnets. Great for bug season, still work but not as great of a feature in colder months. I have a HH, currently on loan to someone I hope breaks into hammocking
I am using a homemade speer style hammock. I really like the top loader and detachable bugnet option. This makes it really easy to lounge or add other things I like for winter use. It is also nice to reach things on the ground while layin down.
I am an underquilt/peapod fan instead of pads or adding anything to pockets in the bottom of the hammock. I haven't tried anything with pockets, but I think it would hard not to have air gaps (cold spots) unless I got my gear in it just right. I usually do not carry enough extra stuff to use it like this and stay warm anyways.
To me an underquilt is the most comfortable. I really want to try out a peapod something though. The nice thing about them is you can move them to the side when it is too warm to use them. Or in an emergency you can use them on top of you on the ground.