Hey Chief, Welcome! I have never tried an HH before, but I use a homemade speer hammock, they are cheap to make (if you can sew), and might not be bad just to try it out.
If you lie diagonally in the hammock the velcro strip should not give you much hassle. If it really bothers you you can either add a pad inside the hammock (the $5 blue WalMart CCF pad works great. In the camping section.) or get a top entry hammock.
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Just got back from hiking the Smokies and Trail Days. I finally tried out all my home-made gear and did very well with it. I made a G4 pack, hammock and hammock sock, bugnet, tarp, and 6.5 oz. cook kit . All of it worked very well and was very light weight. I went out at 27 lbs. fully loaded, with 6 days dehydrated food, including hamburger, beans, rice, ramen, gravy mixes and drink mixes. Hung out 1 night on the trail and 3 nights at TD. I got the best sleep in all the times I've been on the trail. And the good thing is, I can still go down in weight because most of my hammock stuff is made with Wallyworld fabric, which is heavy. I plan to buy lighter material now that I know it all works, and start all over again. But I enjoy making things anyway, so that's no big deal. Thanks to all on Hammock Forums and Whiteblaze for all the good input and info, it really helped.
Welcome to the hanging gang ....
If you don't likr the velcro you could remove it ... it is not necessary except to keep it bug free when empty.... You can fix that by tossing a couple pounds of gear in to reserve the bug free envirionment until you are ready to remove it and climb in for the nite.
Develop and use a good bottom insulation plan before you spend a miserable nite when the temp drops.
Ounces to Grams.
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I hear alot about this bottom insulation system, does this mean a 20 degree bag will not be enough if I am inside it? do I need more insulation? Or combined with hanging closer to the ground will I be alright?
Does anyone have any pictures, of the HH tarp tied to a tree?