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  1. #11
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    Quote Originally Posted by tangara View Post
    My favorite indoor sleeper is a cotton traditional hammock I got in Bolivia. I'm not sure if it was made locally or in Peru or Brazil, but they are 13' long, with cotton clews on each end of the bed, which is about 9 feet long. The cotton gives in every direction, so I've never had a problem with any kind of ridges, it's cool in summer and warmer in winter than the parachute nylon. I just use a regular homemade quilt to wrap in during colder weather (I keep the house pretty cool). Nothing better. When it's an option (no rain), I always let people enjoy the ride in one of those. They're what first got me into hammock camping.
    I would love to sleep full time in one of the cotton hammocks. I had a chance to spend a night in one years ago at a friends house and loved it. You can bet my next place will have a spot big enough to accommodate one.
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  2. #12
    Senior Member Karla "with a k"'s Avatar
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    Jan 2016
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    Milwaukee, WI
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    11 ft DIY 1.6 HyperD Diamd Ripstop
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    Ultimate Straps
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    Quote Originally Posted by dkurfiss View Post
    If you were going to recommend a hammock to your female best friend who camps but not in a hammock, which one would it be any why?
    I would recommend purchasing a hammock kit from one of the vendors and sew it yourself (or now that I've taught myself to sew, I would help you sew it). Worst case scenario, your friend hates it, sells its and gets her money back.

    Ultimately, I would recommend coming to a hammock hang and letting her borrow someone's extra gear. Then, she could experience a hammock with no money involved and could see many different set-ups.
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    Senior Member lilprincess's Avatar
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    Dec 2012
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    Western MA
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    The Purple People eater. 11' DIY
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    DIY Superfly
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    If price isn't an option, war bonnet blackbird. Extra space and comfortable. The footbox makes it easy to learn how to lie in a hammock for the first time.

    To match a hammock with someone you need to know them. Are they comforted by a bug net to 'protect' them? Do they like being hugged by a wide hammock? Do they like open air?

    Find out more about them, so that they really enjoy their first time.

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  4. #14
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    Mar 2016
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    Nacogdoches County, Texas
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    WBBB
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    Cuben w doors
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    Spiders/Mantis
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    An unexpected chance to try a regular sized Eno was my first GE experience. The WBBB is my hammock of choice, I hike with the 1.7 regular single layer and hang in that, plus the XL double layer 1.7, at home.

    I've experimented with pads, then various TQ's and UQ's, but I love the WBBB's and really like the foot box and shelf. Can't justify other hammocks at this point in my gear gathering.

    A hammock of the appropriate minimum length and hung optimally are the best selling points for a potential new hammocker, plus nice material. Instruction of how to actually lay in it matters too.

    How cool to introduce someone to hanging and watch their face light up.

  5. #15
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    Oct 2012
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    Missouri
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    WBBB XLC, SLD Trail Lair
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    WB SuperFly, Edge
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    WB, UGQ, HG, LL
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    Dutch Spiders
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    I recommended a WBBB XLC to both of my friends who were brand new to the idea of hammock camping. One of the two bought a WBB XLC first thing. The other bought something else. Then we went camping together and the other friend only stayed in her non-WBBB XLC hammock one night before borrowing my spare XLC for the remainder of the trip. She ordered a WBBB XLC of her own the minute she got home.

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    Senior Member BeechGirl's Avatar
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    I would recommend a WBBB XLC as well. Love the ease of set up and the bug net, and the shelf. Also, love love love my wooki. I love the simplicity of the combo.

  7. #17
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    Savannah, GA
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    Clark Jungle
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    I am pretty new to hammock camping but I have a friend who wants to do it with her dog. I suggested a basic hammock and tarp, and she liked the idea of one of those bug nets with a floor. So far I am still in my starter eno, but every time I set it up I am more comfy in it

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    Senior Member lilprincess's Avatar
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    Caution with the dog. Don't let it in unless your ready to have it in all the time. They prefer a hammock to the ground too. Lol

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    Senior Member P-Dub's Avatar
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    Ann Arbor MI
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    Quote Originally Posted by lilprincess View Post
    Caution with the dog. Don't let it in unless your ready to have it in all the time. They prefer a hammock to the ground too. Lol
    Speaking from experience as reflected in your avatar??

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    Senior Member lilprincess's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by P-Dub View Post
    Speaking from experience as reflected in your avatar??
    Oh yeah. He wouldn't sleep unless he was in with me. He kept me warm but his breath wasn't a plus.

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