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    Best ultralight setup?

    For those of us who are ounce-weenies, I’m curious what equipment people are sporting?

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    There are some helpful threads in the Ultra Lite Gear subforum.

    You must be a donating member ($10) to access but there's lots of info specific to that topic.

    There isn't any current activity — and hasn't been for a long while — so you must select 'show threads from beginning' to access all of them.
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    My two UL hammocks are a Cloud .71 netless for non-buggy locations (4.5 ounces), or a Trailheadz Banshee UL (11.1 ounces) for buggy situations.
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    I have a Banshee UL on the way, and a HG DCF tarp w/ doors - 11 ounces in snakeskins w/ guylines and ridgelines.

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    A Cloud .71 coupled with a HUG net is pretty light. Note that going that UL means you need to be gentle with your gear.

    If you combine the above with something like a HG's 950 fill quilts, and a Dyneema tarp, that's pretty darn light. And expensive.

    Note that "lightest" and "best" aren't necessarily the same thing.
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    Banshee ul with custom printed net, 20° 1000fp Ethereal quilt set and a 3 panel custom print trailheadz 12x12 xenon tarp.

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    I'd " like" that if I could!

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    If one is doing a multi-day trip fairly deep into the backcountry, without a ground sleeping option, one should think very carefully about the consequences if these very light materials should fail. It did not happen to me, but I was right there when a friend's (MikekiM) Monolite split. We were only 1.4 miles from the trail head, and very lucky that a friend we were hiking with (Jolly, some of you may remember) had a back-up hammock in his car. Even so, it was quite a hassle to do the round-trip hike, and we got back to the campsite just in the nick of time to take shelter from a huge thunderstorm. Imagine being 30 miles in with no backup.

    There are few more enthusiastic boosters for UL than I, but I will never go on a long trip with anything lighter than 1.6 Hexon, and even for local overnighters this has become my de facto go-to.

    Not worth it for the weight difference of one Power Bar. And I almost always carry too much food anyway.
    Last edited by cmoulder; 07-01-2024 at 18:56.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cmoulder View Post
    There are few more enthusiastic boosters for UL than I, but I will never go on a long trip with anything lighter than !.6 Hexon, and even for local overnighters this has become my de facto go-to.

    Not worth it for the weight difference of one Power Bar. And I almost always carry too much food anyway.
    Have you tried the Hexon 1.2? Seems durable enough to me at weights under 180lbs and might be a reasonable trade off to the 1.6 fabric. I also have a hammock in the 1.2 MTN XL that may be a touch more durable but it bothers my back after more than 1 night (could possibly have more stretch than the Hexon 1.2?). I’ve read reviews of the Banshee making it on a full AT thru hike so it would seem the Hexon 1.2 can last if treated with respect.

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    I have a DW Half Wit in Hexon 1.0, which has in fact held up quite well. I have a Robic (MTN) 1.2 DH Darien which has had some small holes develop, this after fewer nights of use than the Half Wit, so now I'm a bit paranoid about that one.

    No doubt a Hexon 1.2 hammock can hold up for the long run.
    Last edited by cmoulder; 07-02-2024 at 16:25.
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