I have read and re-read this forum until I think it has all start to run together. A variety of searches have turned up consistent yet conflicting points.
I'm getting ready to order up the gear to convert to hammock camping (naturally I discover this the night after buying a nice new solo tent) and have spent some time crashing in a friends Eno singlenest at our recent camping trip. He had no idea about hanging, either.
Until I found this forum I was set to order the One Link system in a double-nest. For reference, 6'2, 205'ish, tall and reasonably thin.
Uses will be via motorcycle and kayaks mostly around east TN and western NC (greetings from Knoxville). Overall weight is not much of an issue but size is.
I camp in virtually all kinds of weather from 100 degree dry heat to snow to 'Toto, come back in the house so we can land.' The weirder the weather the more likely to find me camping in it.
Common consensus (and I may be wrong) seems to be:
Don't even think of having your significant other camp in the same sleeping bag even if it is a double-nest..
Get the Double-nest, (though I can't see myself carving sides off of anything)
dump the stock suspension for the whoopie's,
skip the One link and it's bugnet/tarp combo and hunt up others meant to go to different tents.
I'm really getting the impression that the one-link is not a good way to go, a total waste of money for things that would be dumped after the first night, or am I totally missing something here? On top of that finding a decent underquilt seems to be a requirement and sleeping in a mummybag is evidently a horrible thing to do with or without a matt/pad.
Keep in mind that I look to quality, use my gear frequently and realize that quality isn't usually the most expensive. I just retired one of two tents bought in '89 as it finally decided to start leaking and the zippers pulled out on the same camping trip. The 2nd (2 man) tent is still as-new and again, bought her in '89. I'd like to get similar performance and longevity out of a hammock system and as simple as they are I can see changing out things like the rain fly's more than anything else. Maybe the bug nets if they get cut or damaged?
Suggestions are welcome. Anyone around this area willing to teach a noob some tricks is also welcome!
Last stupid question: The Eno's are gathered-end hammocks, correct???
...and yes, I did go through probably 200+ threads virtually from beginning to end including the Shug vid's. That guy needs help, please don't get him any!