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    alrighty so I have all but decided I am going to go with the switchback. After work today all I have done is read up on all of the various hammocks and everyone's opinions on them.

    I have never really been a back sleeper and as I mentioned earlier I sleep on my side and often toss and turn.

    Now I must decide if I want to go with the light hiker or the full switchback.

    I am only 5' 10" and 170 pounds.

    I liked the idea of the Blackbird mostly because of the shelf and just being able to keep my rain gear there or a fleece. Just some pieces of gear I would like to have quick access to. I was thinking would it be possible to attach some sort of pocket to the end of the switchback that you can stuff a jacket into or a fleece without it affecting the comfort of the hammock?

    for those that have ordered the Light hiker does it come with the whoppie slings and tree hugger straps? On the tree to tree trail website it doesn't specifically say it does.

    I was wondering if you would think the mac cat tarp that tree to tree offers would be the best choice. I was also looking at the hex rain fly from Hennessy as it is the same size. Does anyone have any experience with either?

    Thanks again!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jlink View Post
    alrighty so I have all but decided I am going to go with the switchback. After work today all I have done is read up on all of the various hammocks and everyone's opinions on them.

    I have never really been a back sleeper and as I mentioned earlier I sleep on my side and often toss and turn.

    Now I must decide if I want to go with the light hiker or the full switchback.

    I am only 5' 10" and 170 pounds.

    I liked the idea of the Blackbird mostly because of the shelf and just being able to keep my rain gear there or a fleece. Just some pieces of gear I would like to have quick access to. I was thinking would it be possible to attach some sort of pocket to the end of the switchback that you can stuff a jacket into or a fleece without it affecting the comfort of the hammock?

    for those that have ordered the Light hiker does it come with the whoppie slings and tree hugger straps? On the tree to tree trail website it doesn't specifically say it does.

    I was wondering if you would think the mac cat tarp that tree to tree offers would be the best choice. I was also looking at the hex rain fly from Hennessy as it is the same size. Does anyone have any experience with either?

    Thanks again!
    It has a small sewn pocket at each end plus small loops at each end to which you can attach gear bags. It also has a non structural ridgeline to which you could hang various items.

    I just ordered a Classic 1.1 dbl and was told I had my choice of whoopies or straps with rings. I tried whoopies but prefer straps.

    Can't really help with the tarps. I'll be using a Maccat Deluxe and I'm hoping it's long enough.

    I'm scheduled for delivery tomorrow.

    Miguel

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    I was under the impression that they all came with whoopies but I could be wrong.

    I have the OES MacCat Deluxe tarp and it seems to work fine for the Light Hiker. fwiw I'm 6'1" and a smidge over 200 and have plenty of room in the LH.
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    I believe the Lighthiker would be fine for you.
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    Thanks again! I think I am going to be placing an order either today or tomorrow.

    I just wish I could have it before the weekend but I will have to wait until next week most likely.

    I am just wondering I plan on getting an UQ soon but I may not be able to right away. How low would you go without any sort of insulation under you?

    The first couple of times I use it I will have the ability to bring a thermarest but prefer not to if I could get away with it. I am thinking of getting the jarbridges UQ from Arrowhead. It is a good price and fairly light and rated to 30's.

    Any switchback LH users can reccommend a good uq?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jlink View Post

    Any switchback LH users can reccommend a good uq?
    Pretty much any underquilt should work on a LH. I used a Warbonnet Yeti on it for one night and it seemed to work fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jlink View Post
    Any switchback LH users can reccommend a good uq?
    The tie out loops fit a Molly Mac Gear Baby Orca perfectly...
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    Quote Originally Posted by MacEntyre View Post
    The tie out loops fit a Molly Mac Gear Baby Orca perfectly...
    How small does the baby orca compact to? How low could you go with the baby orca?

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    i use a jrb hudson river quilt, up to about 70 then use a poncho liner under me

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