I've been a backpacker since the tender age of 11, with my first trip managing to miss watching the first lunar landing.... I've packed for week-long trips all over the middle Sierras.
Now that I'm approaching senior citizen status I find carrying my usual 35-40# pack and sleeping on the ground (with ANY pad) almost more trouble than it is worth . My last trip I have discovered light weight packing (22# loaded pack) and after a very poor night on the ground gave up and climbed into my old Byer hammock for the night. WOW, what a difference.
So now I'm looking at getting (or making as I'm the consummate DIYer) a real sleeping hammock system. Anything I can do to keep my 66 yo husband packing is also a big plus.
In addition to backpacking, I enjoy scuba diving and kayaking/whitewater rafting. Hence the moniker "raftingtigger"