Originally Posted by deerfu
Is there an advantage to camping with a netless hammock that I'm not seeing? I've tried several different ones here at the house and love 'em but I can't seem to keep my top quilt or pillow inside. It wouldn't trill me to have either one of these hitting the chigger infested dirt here in Ga.This is not a problem with the Blackbird or Hennesy. I love all my hammocks but for now it looks like I'm gonna have to stick to the enclosed variety for hiking/camping. Maybe it would be easier to keep up with 'em if I wasn't so busy snoring while hanging
Is there an advantage, you ask? No doubt, just as there are disadvantages, some of which you and others have already mentioned.
Adv. #1: If backpacking, you save from 3 to 9 oz of netting/Velcro/zipper weight. Which may be useless weight if it is too cold for bugs, although some folks still like a net around them even then. I have also saved this weight during bug season twice now, even with lots of mossies around, by using Permethrin treated hammock and clothing plus 20% Picaridin on exposed skin. and not yet had a single bite. It worked! However, I did suffer from paranoia about being bit, and did find myself kind of wishing I had just brought a net. I think I would have slept easier.
2: Unless you are really able to get your net out of the way, it is a bit cooler with no net. Which is great if you need it cooler. Those nets can really block the breeze, sometimes even if they are mostly moved out of the way. They can hold heat in also. Which might be a pro or a con.
3: A PeaPod seems to work a little bit better either with a No Net hammock or with a model that really allows getting the net completely out of the way. And if you need the net out of the way, why carry the weight? Since the Pod wraps around the entire hammock, things falling out on the ground is not near as much of a problem. If anything manages to fall, it probably will fall into the pod.