Originally Posted by ArielTRV
I know this seems crazy, but I am an ultra light packer and am considering a North American (3lbs. 2 oz) over a HH Hyperlite (1 lb. 10 oz).
Why? Because of the insulating gear pockets on the North American which I assume means I don't need to bring an extra sleeping pad and/or quilt. (Maybe even sleeping bag also???) Also, the North American seems like it is more durable, comfortable and weather proof.
Does what I am saying make sense for a 3 (occasionally 4) season setup?
Any other advice comparing these two or another hammock?
Thanks in advance to all you hammock experts out there!
I know the Clark NA is listed as a 4 season hammock and I'm guessing that's part of the reasoning you're using to compair these two hammocks. But to actually be able to use the Clark NA you'll need to add bottom insulation either by putting something inside those pockets (and something under your feet) or by disreguarding the under pockets and just using a pad or an under quilt.
So if I'm understanding you right, you're thinking that the Clark would be lighter in the long run because it's already got the insulation and you'd have to add that to the HH. The pockets just make it easier to add some kind of insulation ... insulation that you still need to carry.
As far as the comfort factor between these two hammocks, you will need to test them and see which one you like. The durability will probably depend on how you treat them. I've got the Clark, it's extreamly well made with very nice skeeter proof material for the main hammock body. I don't know about the HH, someone else will need to speak for them. And weatherproof will probably depend on how well you learn to set the tarp. Any hammock can get wet if you set the tarp wrong or a big storm rolls in and you're set up in breezy mode!!
On a side note, I've got the Clark Tropical. A very diffinate 3 season (ok, maybe it's a 2 season) hammock that I use year round. I've even camped out last year in the snow and around 20 degrees. What I'm trying to say is that you don't have to have a "4 season" hammock to be able to camp all 4 seasons. Ya just gotta use the right insulation!!! And maybe the right tarp too also helps.