Hello all you Clark fans! I am new to hammocks and this forum. I posted yesterday under the general hammock talk and was directed to this area so am going to post under a couple different forums for the different brands to help in my decision making..
So I have been reading a lot all over this forum and the web and looking at youtube videos and still not able to decide..
So basically I am going to be primarily needing something for the jungle in Costa Rica (but at elevation so can get a little cooler at night and can rain a lot)...
I should mention I am a long skinny light weight (6' at about 140 lbs).. and I am a side sleeper.. I am interested in budget but also in comfort and if I have to spend more for comfort I will.. unfortunately I don't have time to 'test drive' anything as I need to order for my trip coming up at the end of the month.
All I knew of hammocks originally was of the Hennessy variety but then I was telling a friend I was thinking about getting one and he said oh no get a Clark they are much better. So since then I have been reading all kinds of reviews and comparisons and then found this site and found out there are so many more kinds of hammocks than I had ever dreamed! So it's made my deicison making a bit harder! So maybe some of you can help!?
While looking at Clarks I was trying to decide between the Ultra Light and the Tropical.. UL seems probably good enough for my needs but then I thought it would be nice to be able to have the option of the weather shield.. but a lot more expensive..
Also being light weight and tall and a side sleeper as I mentioned I would like to know what people have to say about comfort in a Clark. I have heard that the narrowness and 'banana' boat shape make it hard to sleep on your side.. but then others say they can only sleep on their side in it.. I wonder if for some people it is harder due to their weight? This part is confusing to me.. it looks like Clarks are flatter than other hammocks from the photos and so should be easier to sleep in different positions in, right?
Also am wondering about warm/insulation factors.. how easy is it to use a pad or add other insulation if I need it? (I do tend to get cold even on summer nights.. in the middle of the night..)..
A lot of people on this site seem to like the WB Blackbirds and some have said that side sleeping is easier in them but when I looked at them what I like is the rigging with the webbing which looks easier to hang.. And I see how you can lay diagonal and so maybe lay on your side better but one poster said he can't sleep on his side in it but can in a switchback and someone else recommended Claytor (which is a lot cheaper too)... Any thoughts on why you all prefer/choose Clarks?? (esp. considering the greater cost)...
Sorry for the length.. I really am just having a very hard time deciding and have been spending far too many hours on this decision right now!
Any help will be appreciated! And sorry for the redundancy for any of you who may have seen my other post in the other section...