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    Blackbird vs Traveler with net

    What are your opinions on getting a blackbird vs getting a traveler and net?

    I'm trying to make a decision, and it basically comes down to how much I value not having a net permanently attached for times when I do not need it. So, what are your pros and cons of having a net permanently attached?

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    Welcome to the forum.

    The lay for both hammocks is the same, so it essentially comes down to the shelf. Do you think the shelf would be a valuable feature for your camping style.

    I think they are both fine hammocks, but personally prefer a more open and netless hammock whenever possible. So the Traveler suits my choice best.

    I don't think you can make a wrong choice between them.
    I think that when the lies are all told and forgot the truth will be there yet. It dont move about from place to place and it dont change from time to time. You cant corrupt it any more than you can salt salt. - Cormac McCarthy

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    have to agree with angrysparrow, if there are no bugs i don't want to see a bugnet. traveler is a great hammock. as for the shelf, can't miss what you never had.
    Last edited by kayak karl; 08-13-2010 at 16:59.
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    Have any of you used the blackbird and let the net dangle to the side?

    The shelf would be nice, but not essential.

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    I struggle with that decision on a regular basis.
    No suggestions, sorry.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cannibal View Post
    I struggle with that decision on a regular basis.
    No suggestions, sorry.
    Yeah right ... you got both

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    You can flip the netting over the Blackbird and still use the shelf. Just take the tie-out line from the zipper side and secure it to the same stake as the shelf line. Then you at least have a half-open air hammock and a shelf.

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    Wait, same lay, no shelf? Traveler doesn't have a footbox, right? I thought that's what created the shelf?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dakotaross View Post
    Wait, same lay, no shelf? Traveler doesn't have a footbox, right? I thought that's what created the shelf?
    No, the shelf and the footbox are both pieces sewn to the edge of the fabric bed. They meet up with the shape of the netting.

    Here and here are two posts where Brandon (warbonnetguy) described the construction.
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    I have both and as mentioned, the shelf is one of the big differences. Having the bugnet separate gives you more options for lounging or dayhiking.

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