New to the forum, new to hammocks too...I tried a "Vietnam era" jungle hammock that I got from cheaper than dirt about 15 yrs ago. (never used it)
The canvas was a little dubious for all that time in the basement, but I figured why not...Long story short, as long as I can work out the issue of waking up with hyper extended knees (hurts like hell that!!) but I'm hooked.
I even thought that having my new home nick named "the bear burrito" by my ground dwelling companions was pretty darn funny...(it still is.)
I'll be replacing all that nice (constantly!!) stretchy parachute cord (which I think was the root cause of the issue with the knees) with some no stretch webbing, while I decide how I want to proceed, but I am heavily inclined (right now at least) to go with a JRB Bridge hammock, and insulate the crap out of it. The week end that I spent in the canvas version was pretty good, but I froze, (mid-Aug in the tidewater area of Virginia) hence the serious look at insulation.
The point of all this is: I need ideas here folks. I'd like to get "the right rig" which from what I gather from reading a few of the forums is easily made, very cheaply, or easily ordered and definitely not cheap...
In all cases it needs to be light..and needs to support at least 300LBS (I'm a serious believer in over engineering)
I'm OK using what is at hand for the tarp, and I gather that either sleeping flat or sleeping diagonally is going to relieve the issue with hyper extensions of the knees....but surely, some of you out there must be using something other than these beautiful, but high dollar insulation packages.
I suspect that there must be some seriously inexpensive way to insulate against the cold (4 seasons please) without spending what for me at least, is a King's ransom...
Thoughts, pointers, rude outbursts, comments, other?