Hey guys, thanks a lot for letting me hang out with you for a couple hours and check out your stuff. You're a great bunch of guys and really helpful
Hammocks are definitely cool things and the WBBB is really comfortable, but I really think I'm gonna stick with a tent. It's a tough call but in truth, I like tents (i.e. it's not like I'm trying to switch from something I hate) and they just fit my worst-case-scenario better. I can get a 4 season setup that's lighter (not by much, though), a bit cheaper (again, probably not by much), but really fits the worst-case-scenario better, and that's key for me.
I can pitch the tent anywhere... I've been in situations of ice storms and heavy snow that decimates trees, and I wouldn't want to be under one in that case. A hung hammock can be warm, but an underquilt on the ground does nothing. It's pretty hard to break a solid core foam pad and it's nice to know that such a reliable piece of gear is a core part of my setup already.
Clearly hammocks are a lot about "tinkering" and a lot of DIY. That's just not me... I like my gear to take care of itself right out of the box, to the end of its life, without me having to do too much to it.
Thanks again... it was very enlightening