I recently bought a Crazy Creek Crib LEX with Ultralight Tarp from Campmor for about $95. I've slept in it 3 nights while car-camping in the North Cascades. It dropped down to 40 degrees or so at night and it did not rain (so I don't know how well the silnylon tarp works). It's comfortable with a Therma Rest. The ThermaRest stretches out the bottom a bit so it does not tube up so much. A Z-Rest doesn't stretch the bottom out as much. Since I carry a Z-Rest backpacking and not a heavy ThermaRest, I'll have to wait to see how it goes with a Z-Rest.
It's easy to set up and well built. I like the sturdy straps. But, it's relatively heavy weighing in at about 3.5 lbs. Although it weighs no more than the average 1-person tent especially if you consider the weight savings of not having to pack a groundsheet (7 oz. in my case). The pole/zipper problem mentioned in various Web reviews isn't that bad. You just have to make sure the mosquito netting is not bunched up down low and you stretch the netting to the zipper as you zip.
I got my dog in this hammock with me. He hopped right in once I stabilize the hammock with my feet on the ground, then swung my feet up over him, then a sleeping bag over both of us. He kept my bottom warm and I kept his top warm. However, they first time I got him in the crib, his paw claws caught the mosquito netting and ripped a big gash. Now there's a big, ugly patch in the netting. The dog can wiggle around a little bit in the hammock but walking around is out of the question. The dog has to stay still. If there's an intruder or varmint approaching in the middle of the night, and he goes into alert barking, I could have problems.
I sprayed the bottom of the hammock with Permethrin so mosquitoes can't bite through the nylon bottom. We'll see how that goes. Mosquito weeks in the Cascades is approaching as all the snow melts off.
For years, I always thought hammocks were for the backyard, to lounge in on summer days. I've been backpacking since 1990 and feel cheated that I never used a hammock until 2007.
Last edited by hikingjer; 06-15-2007 at 03:29..
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