So I still haven't got a for me perfect system for long and light hiking with a hammock. I started out with the HHULBA, really liking the cool entry/exit mode together with the fast setup/teardown that comes with the snakeskins. Yet after getting it and sleeping a few nights in it I realized that besides laying really comfy I just have too many issues with it. To name a few:
-Getting the tarp to stay taut means I have to attach it to a tree.
-The tarp isn't large enough for cooking/taking it easy.
-Insulation requires a pad, yet for me it keeps on slipping away during the night.
-The entry method was cool but impractical. It felt confining and doesn't allow the person to grab items from the ground or simply lounging in it (I've tried to lay on the net as HH explains but it isn't perfect).
So I decided to try a DD Hammock to test a different stile, except for the weight (over 2 pounds) I really like the top-entry, and the ease of insulating it thanks to its double layer. Yet being a ultra light hiker that I am, the weight is a problem. So, I'm planning on getting another hammock (dear god, I've become a true HF member). And I was wondering if someone could give me some guidance? I'm looking for:
-Low weight and bulk
-Good coverage and weather protection
-For 3 season use
-Preferably without the need for a pad
I was thinking of getting a complete speer set, with: hammock, tarp (maybe a MacCat tarp) and snugfit/peapod. But a quick look at the Clark NA made me hesitate, is this a better option? With the pockets underneath it seems that it could reduce the weight of a UQ. Or is there something else out there that will make my decision even harder?