Wow - two first time posters at once, and one's been a member for two years! Welcome to both of you.
The "best" hammock is completely a personal preference...what's comfortable for my body type and sleeping style may not match yours, so my "best" will differ from yours. But everybody seems to agree that the BB is a very comfortable hammock with a very flat lay.
And a top quilt certainly a convenient way to stay warm. I use the JRB No Sniveler for almost all of my camping, and just got the Shenandoah for summer camping. Very good quality gear.
Re: the tarp, that depends on the conditions you'll be camping in. I think the MacCat Standard is an excellent compromise between light weight, easy setup, and good coverage. It's my go-to tarp for most condition. I'm also testing a JRB 10x11 tarp...enormous coverage, which is great for cold windy conditions and hanging two hammocks under it. Of course, it's heavier and takes more space to set up than one of the smaller version...so like I said, we need more info on your average camping trip to recommend a tarp.
Same with bottom insulation...what you need depends on conditions and on what you're comfortable with. You might as well start with 2 Walmart CCF camping pads and see if you're comfortable on them. If so, you can save a a couple hundred dollars in underquilts. If not, you're only out $12 and now you know for sure why you're spending a couple hundred dollars in underquilts (or more
for some of us).
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