Originally Posted by Cannibal
Good luck settling on a
hammock. My first camping hammock was a HH and I still love it (slept in it last night on a whim). I have since acquired a Warbonnet, ENO Single & DoubleNest, Trek Light Double, & a few homemade.
Shadowmoss is absolutely correct; go to the events and see what is out there. I would have had a much more difficult time had I not been at Trail Days and saw/touched all the set-ups. I don't have a single hammock that is perfect in all regards, but all of them work well for me. Look for sales, learn to sew, & get a second job; welcome to hanging!
The learning to sew part ( and buying my own sewing machine ) has been the most important one for me. After all your friends and relatives get over the shock of it they will soon come around to wanting you to make them something. Shadowmoss is also spot on about spending the 20 dollars or so ( Wal Mart bargin bin fabric ) to make your own hammocks. The folks on here will give excellent advice and help on problems that you may encounter. Back yard testing is important. I think you already are aware of the "know your gear" aspect of outdoors backcountry endevours.