First let me introduce myself. My name is Eric but you can call me Rock_Rat. I'm from northern West Virginia and I've been hiking and camping since my cub scout days but have only gotten into backpacking this year. I found your site by happen chance and have enjoyed reading some of the articles.
I currently use a Eureka Solitaire tent, a cheap Walmart self inflating pad, and a slumber jack 30 degree bag. I've decided I want a more comfortable place to lay my bones after Hauling my gear up and down West Virginia's finest hills and have settled on a hammock for my next trip. I'm a big guy (5'9 300lbs) and want to make sure what ever I get will work for a someone my size. My next trip will be to Dolly Sods the first week of October, which will most likely mean night temps in the 40's with a chance for lower temps. Since I've never owned a hammock of any kind I would appreciate any thoughts and suggestions on the brand, model, and associated gear(bags, pads, etc). I'm not really a cold sleeper but I'm probably on the cool side of moderate especially toward morning. I've been considering two potential models. The first is the Hennessy Safari Deluxe. The second is the Clark North American. These two seemed suitable because of there weight limits. I've come up with $300-$400 for the gear. I would like to avoid carrying my bulky pad if I can. What gear combo would you suggest for this price range and my expected temps.
Sorry for the lengthy first post and thanks for your help.