Ok guys, I need some advice.
Pretty new to hammocks in general, but about a week ago I found your forum. I've been reading a lot, and even learning a lot. I have an ENO doublenest and atlas straps and basic backpacking gear already, but the more I read, the more I have the itch to get better, lighter, stronger, more comfortable gear - unfortunately that gear is also more expensive.
How do you guys decide what gear is worth it to actually pull the trigger on and purchase? I have about 6 hammocks, 3 suspension systems, 4 tarps, 3 bug nets, and 7 insulation methods I want to try. And that is only the stuff I want for myself, don't even get me started on how I am already plotting to convert my girl friend, friends and family by buying them hammocks of their own. I also only have about $100 in cash laying around to spend, so perhaps luckily no major purchases can even be made right away.
Anyways, will I continue to learn more and narrow down my list of potential future purchases by following along with the forum? Or, am I doomed to continue adding to the list. Do you recommend buying a couple of mid ranged priced items to get a feel for different things, or saving up for a big purchase that will last me a long time and just hope I like the style/feel of it without having much experience? Are there any pieces of gear that people generally only really like - hammocks or tarps or whatever that are no-brainers to purchase if the price is within my budget?