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    GT Nano - Height limit for this ride?

    I like my DIY hammock but it weighs 2 pounds. Was thinking of DIY again but might be easier to just buy. Was looking at a double nest but the GT Nanos are so light. I am 5' 10" and about 200 on a no cheeseburger day. Am I gonna fit in this thing...and be comfy? I use a pad right now on my DIY and it works for me.

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    Spiffyguy,

    I'm 5'10" and have the Nano. It's a great hammock, but I recommend it as a purpose-built hammock. It is a little smaller than the GT Ultralight (both length and width) and the material is nylon, which stretches more. The fabric is light.

    I can get my Nano with suspension to 6 or so ounces. Sgt. Rock has done better, I think. It's a great hammock if you're looking for an ultralight kit. If you're looking for an all-around hammock that's cost effective, I'd recommend the GT Ultralight ($20 anywhere). The polyester fabric has very little stretch (I like that), and the price can't be beat. The GT Ultralight is under a pound with new suspension (e.g., Whoopie Slings, etc.).

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    I have the GT Ultralight and love it. Swapped out the suspension for whoopie slings.

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    I saw Sgt. Rock's post and it got me thinking about my DIY replacement. I had planned on getting a Doublenest as everyone seems to like them and it was quite a bit lighter than what I have. How does the GT Ultralight compare to the doublenest as far as comfort. I think the doublenest is listed at 21 oz which I sure can be cut down by switch to the whoopies. So glad I made a set of those. So easy to set up.

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    I'm 5'9" and I feel like I'm right on the cusp of the comfort range for the Nano 7, and I've had mine for quite some time now! FWIW I had a custom hammock made that was the same length as the Nano 7 but wider, and man 'o' man what a difference it made!
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    Have you looked at the BIAS Micro or Weight Weenie hammocks?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spiffyguy View Post
    How does the GT Ultralight compare to the doublenest as far as comfort. I think the doublenest is listed at 21 oz which I sure can be cut down by switch to the whoopies.
    I have a TON of single and double hammocks from all the major manufacturers (Trek Light, ENO, Grand Trunk, Planet Hammock, and Ticket to the Moon to name a few) and I have two "favorites" that seem to edge the pack:

    Ticket to the Moon "Single"
    Grand Trunk Ultralight

    One thing I dislike about most gathered-end hammocks on the market is the construction technique -- using three panels of fabric to make up the body. I find that the ratio of length to width is mismatched, which leads to the infamous 'floppy edges'. In other words, the extra "wings" sewn on the hammock become irrelevant. When the length and width are not proportionate, the hammock is not optimally sized and you have wasted fabric. Plus, I prefer a single sheet of fabric as the sewn edges in the body get annoying.

    Also, don't take the words "single" and "double" with much credence as they have little bearing on the size of the hammock. The ENO "single" is TINY where the Ticket to the Moon single is as big as most "doubles" on the market. I like the Ticket to the Moon "single" because it is made from one piece of material, not three, and I think the dimensions are correctly proportioned.

    I like the GT Ultralight because it has a good fit and the polyester fabric doesn't stretch as much as most parachute-silk-nylon hammocks. I like that I don't create "bum ruts" in the hammock overnight. Plus, the Ultralight packs small and is less than a pound.

    You probably won't be able to cut the weight down too much on the double. I measured one of the new Grand Trunk double hammocks without the suspension and it was 17 oz. Not bad, but most are in the 20 oz range (Grand Trunk has recently switched vendors and I really like their new materials. Lighter weight, better construction).

    Comfort is a personal thing too. While I love the GT Ultralight, it doesn't work for everyone. I also admit that larger hammocks are arguably more comfortable overall. However, as much as I like a big Brazilian hammock, it's just too big for hammock camping because you have to bring a much larger tarp to cover it and finding an appropriate place to hang also becomes challenging.

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    Thanks for the info. Gives some to digest. I like my DIY gathered but the material is pretty heavy. Was thinking about making another out of lighter material. Too many gear decisions.

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    i have purchased the nano 7 a couple of months ago, its a great light hammock but im 5' 7" 130#. one thing that has me wanting to switch back to my pronest is the width. i like to roll around in my hammock and there just isnt much room.

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    nano and GT ultralight

    At 5'8" 145# I could sleep in the Nano but woke up often, because my head or feet or pillow was hanging too far out of the hammock. Yes, I tie my stuffsack/pillow to the ridgeline, so when it falls out, it doesn't go far, but it is still gone.

    My pillow and I fit better in the GT UL.

    Butt In A Sling (BIAS) currently has a good discount on their light and very light hammocks for HF members. To see the special prices at their website, find the discount announcement and link here at HF. I believe you won't see the offer at BIAS if you use the public entrance.
    Last edited by heyyou; 04-19-2012 at 14:53. Reason: more to say

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