I am a serious section hiker of the Appalachian Trail having done about 1000 miles of the trail. I have used the Neo air matress for most of this trip and stay in shelters each evening except for about 4 times when I pitched my tent. As I am a side sleeper, without exception, each night i would wake up with a sore hip on the bottom and have to roll over. This would happen about 4 times a night. In the morning, I would wake up and my hips on both sides would be sore.
I have not had an opportunity yet to have the hammock on the AT. I did spend a week with it this year on the Buckeye Trail and discovered that I could sleep on my side vertually the whole night in the hammock and still not have sore hips in the morning. While I am carrying a little more weight with the hammock than with the tent and neo air, I am finding it worth its weight in the increased sleep and decreased hip pain.
Have others experienced this?