Hello, I started hanging after going on a vacation in southern mexico on the beaches of Oaxaca, near Puerto Escondido.
It was warm at night and I liked to sleep in a Mayan Style woven string hammock. I have had 4 over the last 20 years. I started out with Cotton string ones, the Mayan style, of course.
I never cared for the 'spreader bar types'.
To me there has to be at least 180 pairs of end strings for the hammock to be big enough for me. And at least an 7.5 foot bed and 14' over all.
I have one right now that is 15'-10" over all and 7'-9" bed. and it is really wide. 250 pairs of end strings. There is nothing like it for sale on the internet as far as I can tell.
I tried one of those nylon fabric types like most backpackers like, and are so popular here. I tried the 'Hammock Bliss" XL , from CampMor.
I also have a 'TreeBoat' from New Tribe. With the snap one quilted under liner.
I like sleeping in my Mayan Hammocks in the summer because they breathe so well.
I want to get a huge one that is 100% cotton though, because I am getting tired of the 'static electricity feel' I get from the nylon string type.