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    Is there any reason to not have an attached bugnet other than weight?

    I have made some hammocks before(DiY asyms, mostly) , one has bug netting attached that has a full zip down one side. The other 2 do not have bug netting yet. I'm planning on hammocking for a thruhike of the AT starting late March of 2012... Anyway, I'll need some bug netting i'm sure. I see a lot of people have bug socks, but it seems to me that I can't use the tie outs on the sides of my hammock if I have a sock.


    Is there some reason a lot of people here tend to use socks?


    Also, how can I determine how much fabric is needed for the bug netting on a DiY asym. I did it before, but ended up with a little excess on one side of it. No big deal, but i had to modify the netting to correct the issue.

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    I think it's just easier for some and for others bug net do make it hotter during the summer. I live in Florida i can't go with out a bug net unless i use a thermocell.

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    A bug net isn't needed in some parts at some times -- I've never used mine in the Cascades, for example. I understand a bug net made of no-see-um mesh can stifle air flow and make a hot night hotter, but this probably only happens in areas with no shortage of bugs. A bug net adds weight and can feel claustrophobic to some.

    One ultralight approach some backpackers take is to hang a bug net from the ceiling of their tarp that just covers the head (excess is tucked under your sleeping pad). The lower body, being in a sleeping bag or under a quilt isn't exposed to bugs. I've been wondering if such an approach might work for a hammock, but my feet tend to work their way out from under my quilt, especially if I'm warm.

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    Modification is half the fun...

    Set up your hammock and measure your ridgeline. That how long you'll need the netting.

    If your building a sock, there are a number of ways to do it. Full sock, partial sock, drape the netting over the ridgeline, elastic here and there...

    For an ul solution check out grizz's new mosquito net on his bridge. A partial net that just covers your head and upper torso. Assuming your feet and legs are in some kind of quilt, they do not need bug protection. (pics in grizz's gallery)

    Just Jeff's site To the woods has a few good ideas as well.

    If you do build a tube, you need need to add about 2 feet to your total ridgeline measurement to allow for the net to gather at the ends with drawcords. Tube net provides 360 degree coverage, but are a little difficult to slide over uq's. unless you make the tube really big, then the weight thing comes into play. six of one, half a dozen of the other...
    Depends on your needs, and how you hike. How much your willing to carry.
    A 4' x 4' piece of netting set over your upper body can work, and thats super light. Just doesn't provide "total protection".
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    bug nets keep the bugs out! I don't want to wakeup with creepy crawlies trying to get into my grill searching for water and a warm spot. eww

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    Personally, I like a separate removable bug net. I also made a top cover of like design for cool weather, in which case the bug net gets added to the other insulating cruft I spread out in the 'taco' undercover.
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    a bug sock will keep them from hovering around right below your head all night.so less zzzzz noise going on.of cource if you spray bug dope on this area of your hammock,before getting in it will also keep bugs away.

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    Yesterday, I finished my bug net. It's separate from the hammock. I only need the net in the summer season. My net just hangs over and past my hammock with some weight/pocket on edge.
    I like big hammocks - I cannot like.

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    If you want to sit in your hammock sideways like a seat an attached bug net makes that difficult.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trout View Post
    Yesterday, I finished my bug net. It's separate from the hammock. I only need the net in the summer season. My net just hangs over and past my hammock with some weight/pocket on edge.
    Got any pics? Did you find it necessary to attach to the ridgeline at all?
    I'm about to attempt something similar. I'm tired of searching for the zipper in the dark when I want to get out fast.

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