What got me into hanging? Kind of evolved really. One too many nights shivering on the ground while out hunting had a lot to do with it.
I took my son for a hunt for a stag during the "roar" (what the red deer mating season is called here in new Zealand) and found the hut we intended to sleep in occupied.
I carry a very basic emergency kit which includes mylar blankets. So we made a bivy out of the two mylar sheets and attempted to sleep. Ground was cold and we got progessivly colder as the dew soaked through our sleeping bags.
I vividly remember looking at the beautiful stars, teeth chattering, hunched up in the feotal position for warmth, and thinking "there must be a better way..."
So my kit began to take some additions. A proper tarp setup, and researching came accross the world of hanging.
True DIY style - some experiments did leave me cold, but the advantages were immediatly apparent. No more wet ground, and the ability to set camp anywhere has been a game changer.
My DIY hammock is two layers with poly insulation between. Top layer is load bearing, outerlayer is waterproof and set to sag to allow an air space. Since using this configuration I have never been cold. Even in winter with ice on the ground.
Down side is - sleeping in has become a problem. It's just too **** difficult to wake up when your warm and cosy and put on wet socks and go chase deer.
Recently my wife has been the recipient of the DIY bug, and has joined us in the hills.