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    Hoping for the right hammock in a couple of weeks.

    I have been hovering in the background for a few months and now have a question for you.

    Although I haven't been able to dial a hammock in yet, I am convinced I don't want to sleep in a tent again unless absolutely necessary.

    I currently have a Clark NX-270. Well made and love the storage/insulation pockets but it makes me sleep like a banana. Not really possible to sleep at a diagonal. Whenever I pull myself up I slide right back down and my legs are higher than my body. Clark recommends keeping the netting loose so you don't damage the hammock which means more sag. I tried tightening it up a bit just to see how that worked but it was impossible to move the zippers around the perimeter. Anyway, not bashing Clark here because it's a beautiful piece of gear respected by a lot of people but I need something different. Unfortunately between moving etc... I am well beyond the return period. Unless you tell me I am doing something wrong I will be selling it.

    Also tried a WB XLC and HH Explorer and felt cramped.

    I see Dream Hammock (7 week wait), Simply Light and Hammock Gear recommended a lot here. The Simply Light Trail Lair is leading simply because of the turn around. I am able to go on a backpacking trip in two weeks and sounds like they can accommodate that. But if I had to wait, I could use the Clark and it wouldn't be terrible. Just not ideal.

    And I am 6'05 225.

    Appreciate any advice.

    Paul

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    An XLC/Eldorado is amazing, just hard to get it right the first time, but once you do, it's great. For turn around, I'd go with a trail lair or an in stock dream sparrow.
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    Welcome Paul. Peppy is right, the XLC/Eldorado, is a great hammock, but can be finicky, and not just for noobs. Both the Sparrow and the Trail Lair are excellent choices, they have been my two go-to hammocks, depending on weather, for awhile.

    Also, go over to YouTube and search shugemery, he has a 12 part series, "Hammock How-To For Noobs", it's an excellent series. He's pretty much our community ambassador and has helped countless of us through the many nuances of becoming full-time hangers.

    Good Luck, Mark

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    In what way did you feel cramped in an WB XLC? This is a huge hammock and cramped isn't one of the attributes I would use when using this hammock. It sounds like you may like a bridge hammock if gathered end hammocks are feeling too cramped to you.

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    Thank you both for the responses. I have viewed a lot of Shug's videos and yes they are super. I don't think I have seen his 12 part series so will take a look at that next.

    You know the more I research, the more positive reviews I read about the NX-270 which means I might be doing something wrong. I am going to set it up (after seeing the videos) and see if it can be tweaked. I hope I am because it wasn't inexpensive and it sure has some nice features.

    I have already corresponded with Jared so need to decide quick if I want one by next week.

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    Quote Originally Posted by paulsinbc View Post
    I see Dream Hammock (7 week wait), Simply Light and Hammock Gear recommended a lot here.
    Were you aware that Dream Hammock has a ready to ship section as well? https://www.dreamhammock.com/ReadyToShip.html
    You can't customize, but you'll get it much, much quicker than the custom orders. I just took a look and see Ravens, Dariens and Sparrows on that page.

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    Yes I saw that but right or wrong I wanted to go wider and possibly have a double layer. It is tempting though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by paulsinbc View Post
    I have been hovering in the background for a few months and now have a question for you.

    Although I haven't been able to dial a hammock in yet, I am convinced I don't want to sleep in a tent again unless absolutely necessary.

    And I am 6'05 225.

    Appreciate any advice.

    Paul
    You kind of answered your own question when you said haven't dialed one in yet. It is hard to find a hammock that just instantly is perfect for you. Think about that for a second. I am 5'9" and about 185. How could any hammock be perfect for me and you set up the same way? The trick is to find the hammock that meets all your needs then fiddle with it over and over. I have the XLC and agree if the setup isn't right it can be a bit tight. It is designed from what I hear to be used with the foot quite a bit higher than the head. I find mine perfect with just a few inches higher, but others have mentioned a foot or more.

    Just an inch or two up on the foot and down on the head or vice versa makes the same hammock seem like a totally different one to me. Add in the variables like ridgeline tension, strap/whoopee angle, and even the underquilt suspension adjustments and there is an unbelievable amount of tinkering to be done before you write off one hammock.

    At your size I agree wider is likely a bit better, and most of the vendors can provide great advice there. But no matter which one you get, you are going to have to learn it and all it's little quirks before it will be just right. I have several hammocks and each one has to be dialed in differently. The basics are a starting point, and guys like Shug give pointers, but you will need to make lots of little changes, because I don't think Shug is 6'5" either!
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    Quote Originally Posted by paulsinbc View Post
    I have already corresponded with Jared so need to decide quick if I want one by next week.

    if Jared has the material in stock he will have it made and shipped out within 24 hours, sometimes the same day depending on when you order it. yes he is that quick
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    Quote Originally Posted by soul embrace View Post
    if Jared has the material in stock he will have it made and shipped out within 24 hours, sometimes the same day depending on when you order it. yes he is that quick
    SLD is a solid choice. I'm on my second Trail Lair and extremely satisfied. I'm using a 10 footer in hexon 1.0 and I'm 5' 10", 180. It's super comfortable and the quality is top notch. Turnaround time is mind boggling.

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