Hi all, I am new to the forum, new to the idea of hammock camping. Even ultralight is a relatively new concept here in south eastern Australia I believe. It usually means tarp and bivy bag. I am not keen on the creepy crawlies, deadly spiders and snakes crawling over/in my sleeping bag, just a bit too hardcore for me. That's probably the reason why I prefer snow camping in winter as it is soft to lie on, bug free, can sit up when putting boots on or off with the help of a snow trench at the vestibule. I am a big fan of Exped products and came across some reviews of the Exped Multimat using it as insulation for hammock camping. One thing led to another and I came across Hennessy Hammocks as the recommended. Then I came across this forum, read a lot more and it pointed me to Warbonnet by Brandon.
I have already read a lot and seen a lot of YouTube videos and I think I have narrowed it down to either a HH Deep Jungle XL or a Double Layer 1.1 WBBB. I would also need a tarp and also tossing up whether I would need a hex tarp despite what everyone seems to be advising. I like the simplicity of less stuff to peg out and quick to setup. So in the tarp department, either stick with the DJ stock diamond tarp or Brandon's diamond tarp, or go all out on the 30d hex from HH or the Superfly by Warbonnet. I intend to use my existing mats as under insulation, from Exped Multimat, cheap ccf mats, thermarests or even my Exped Downmat 7 which I love. I am a cold sleeper and I can't see myself using the hammock in the snow, the Downmat 7 on top of ccf is awesomely warm. I also love using the Exped Dreamwalker650 sleeping bag which you can wear and walk around. I have seen a review of someone wearing the Dreamwalker and using it in a hammock and commenting how easy it is to get into (since he was already wearing it).
Money and weight are factors but I want a good investment. I don't want it too heavy but I am not an ultralight freak (yet) neither.
I am also concerned about this foot/calf cramp issue everyone seems to be reporting. I have a screwed up back and camping does screw up my back. The Downmats were/are a godsend, so is Exped's inflatable pillow.
So what should I get, they seem to be very similar. I have posted in WBBB section as it seems most have moved from HH to WB and therefore can compare. I have also read about ChrisH's reversal conversion.
Please advice this noob