Hi, all. I've been dying to try a Clark, so jumped at the chance of a used one. If possible, read from the bottom up. There are 3 messages.
All comments/suggestions/tips gratefully received.
sandy kramer, miami
FROM SANDY KRAMER
<<Hammock arrived and I set it up on a Vario hammock stand, but don't have extensions to raise the rainfly, so it wasn't a perfect set-up. Plus I couldn't fiddle around much per had to go to work.
First of all, by putting one knee in the 4 position, I can get a comfortable, flat, lay, so that alleviates my biggest concern.
I HATE THE ROPES...they will have to go. Ain't gonna fiddle around with knots.
The pack included a pair of Clark straps (are they poly...?) but they were folded in half and all scrunched up. I wanted to iron them, but I'm sure that would have dire consequences! I soaked them in water and then wrapped them around a circular disenfectant wipes container and hope they will dry at least slightly flatter.
No instructions, so if you could find something, that would be nice.
I'm going to follow someone's suggestion and add some loops to straps and thread the rope on the outside.
I will see if I can make that work with these http://www.campmor.com/outdoor/gear/Product___42501
They are so easy to use and adjust. I'll pack a pair of whoopies and/or and extender loop in case.
I'm a bit confused. By my logic, my head should be where the pockets are AND at the point of the rainfly, thus enabling me to have an open view. But you have the peak of the fly at the foot end. Why? Does it make a difference.
At first I thought that it was to enable one to close it up from inside, but since they are tied out, you'd still have to get out of the hammock.
I need a way to lift up the netting. I have those nifty Harbor Freight 13" screw-together flexible wire rods (whew!) that I am able to use with my Switchback Light Hiker. Not sure where would be good placement for grosgrain loops that would still allow for net to be zippered open. ?????
I was wondering whether anyone had extended the length of the standard rainfly. I'm thinking like the grizs beaks that attach to a tarp to make doors. So far I've only come up with a combination of velcro and buttons/buttonholes as a secure way to attach.
There's a loop at the head end, but forgot to check whether there is one at both ends.
Some people have attached a ridgeline to hang light items. Where is it affixed?
This will be great for overnighting on the deck (I need a fly for condensation) and for kayak river camping trips in FLs warmer weather when we hang out under a group tarp.
Miami, FL 33196
FROM JUNGLE HAMMOCK <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: 'Sandy Kramer' <email@example.com>
Sent: Wednesday, October 19, 2011 5:40 PM
Subject: RE: Ultra-light
Hello Sandy ,
Thanks for your message. We appreciate your interest!
Here are the answers to your questions:
1) You are receiving a UltraLight model with standard rain tarp that was sold in September of 2009. As you suspected, the type of tarp and suspension is now outdated, but works just fine. Hopefully, you’ll receive the instructions with it. If not, we may be able to find some for you.
2) As we said above, the type of tarps that fit this model are outdated. We could upgrade your hammock to use the new suspension system and tarps for free. However, the new XL tarp would cost $139 by itself.
3) Yes, we saw the old Sgt Rock review (it is very old).
4) Replacing the two pockets of the UltraLight with mesh would save less than an ounce. So not only would you not save hardly any weight, but you would end up with pockets that are not nearly durable enough to do their job.
5) It would be really, really hard to add pockets by yourself.
6) Based on your height, you do not need to worry about being comfortable in this hammock. You’ll love it.
7) You’ll love the nice compact size of the hammock.
Let us know if you have any other questions or concerns.
Clark Outdoor Products
FROM SANDY KRAMER [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Wednesday, October 19, 2011 3:11 PM
I have just purchased a Tropical Ultra-light from [JM]. Could you possibly check your records to see exactly what I'm getting? He said he bought it a couple of years ago.
An extra-large rainfly would be really really nice since we get a lot of rain in Florida . Also, I was reading on Hammock Forums about changes in the way the rainfly is attached. Is mine considered an older model?
Did you ever read Sgt. Rock's review? It was several years ago. He commented that making the pockets out of mesh would save a lot of weight.
I have basic sewing skills. Is it possible or, rather, would it be very difficult/awkward to add pockets?
I'm a bit concerned about not getting a diagonal lay, but since I'm only 5' tall, I'm hoping to make it work.
I have a Switchback LightHiker, Treklight double, Byer's Moskito Traveler, gorgeous red Brazillian, plus a few woven string hammocks from Venezuela . As someone said: It's only an addiction if you are trying to quit!
Am hoping that with the integrated rainfly, Tropical UL will be a fairly small package.