Sending out a big hello to all. Stumbled onto these forums a couple days ago and have gotten more questions going in my mind that I ever thought I needed to consider concerning my upcoming hammock purchase.
A little background on me. I grew up being in the Scouts and went all the way through to Eagle. Went off to college and continued some involvement with camping and scouting via Alpha Phi Omega. Finished college and...stopped camping.
Well, after several years I finally got back into hiking and camping. I was still a 'groundling', but the hammocks that I did happen to see when checking out camping gear were a LOT different than what I remembered. I remembered those green fishnet looking ones...somewhat fun to take to camp in my scouting days but even then not too comfy unless you had a blanket under you...those tiny cords just seemed to 'cut' into you.
So anywho, I see this ENO hammock with mosquito net and tarp setup and think, "Wow! Now I need something like that!" So, since I like to research a lot before I leap I start browsing the web for a while then I stumble across this forum. OH the wealth of information I find....quilts, pads, underquilts, this brand is better for flatter sleeping, that brand...so on and so on. It's a lot to consider. I am glad that I am not opposed to having more than one hammock....but as I will only start out with one I think I've narrowed it down enough that I might be sending in an order in the very near future...especially since I see there is a group hang about 45 minutes from me in January....though I don't know if it would be wise to jump into hanging in the middle of winter...but seeing as how I know I'll love it hammock camping and the fact that the idea of getting a new toy sooner than later. hrm.
Now if I can just figure out which I want first and what accessories would work best. A clark nx250, the blackbird warbonnet, hold out for the new jungle eno, maybe an other. I like the idea of tarp not attached. Also, I am a bigger guy (5'11" / 250 lbs / wide shoulders) so while my 'techie' side likes all the pockets and technical aspects that the clark appear to have, I am concerned on some saying that it is a bit on the tight side shoulderwise. I was looking initially at the Eno doublenest as it had more width and now I hear that the warbirds do as well...
Ah well back to digging up info here.
Also, please feel free to pass on any tips that you might have for a soon to be hanger!
Maybe if I can swing it I'll come out to the Uwharrie, NC swing in January that I read about too.