Welcome aboard from Florida. 62 YO and have only been into the hammock thing for two years and over 1 year fulltime. My only exception is to your statement in the OP is about "real" hammocks. Any hammock that gets you off the ground and provides you with a great nights sleep is a real hammock. A hammock doesn't have to be "bought" to be a hammock. My every night and hiker are both DIY's along with a couple of others made and discarded. I hope that you find the joy and pleasure in hammocks that I have.
Most of us end up poorer here but richer for being here. Olddog, Fulltime hammocker, 365 nights a year.