I'm 6'0 and 185. Been reading this forum awhile, ready to make the jump to hanging and I want to buy the right hammock the first time. Price isn't an issue; I'd rather suck it up and pay up once the first time rather than buy/try/resell/trade-up a series of hammocks in a long learning curve.
My hanging will mostly be in the Southeast, from Virginia to Florida, so bugs and sudden fast short rainstorms are a concern. I need to keep pack weight down but I'm not an obsessive gram weenie. This will be for weekends and 3-4 days tops, not thru-hiking.
I'm pretty sold on HH now that they've gone to zippers; (I've spent a couple of nights in an older ExplorerUL and didn't like the velcro bottom).
So the choice I'd like advice on is:
Should I buy: the Deep Jungle XL or Explorer UL or Explorer DLX with the free optional ExplDLX hex tarp?
And if I go DJ or ExplUL, should I replace their stock silnylon a-sym tarps with a lightweight hex tarp, and if so which hex? Weight matters.
Each of these models is available new on eBay for about $20-$40 less than from HH direct.
Thanks everyone, I'll welcome and appreciate your advice.