I came across the idea of a hammock while I was trying to reduce my pack weight and pack size. I decided the tent had to go as the poles are too long to fit in my pack. I considered tarps, but I don't like the idea of water running into the tent.
So here I am. I bought a cheap hammock from Amazon to play with in the yard while I decide what to get for real. It's surprisingly strong, but I don't know how it will last. Last night, I slept my first night in a hammock and was real comfortable.
I'm considering this hammock: Hennessy Hammock Expedition Asym Zip Hammock
Next weekend, I'll probably go car camping with the cheap hammock just to see what happens.