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    Senior Member crackrbilly's Avatar
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    I notice a BIG difference between my HH(which is shorter) and my DIY(which is 13') My DIY sleeps way better to me, it allows for my legs to lay flatter, even though the foot box makes the HH sleepable, for me it still doesn't sleep as well. I sleep on my back and sides at home, Im 5'10" 195 lbs and in the DIY I can do this as well, not so easy in a shorter hammock. My gal Lunchbox sleeps on her stomach,sides and back, but took right to the DIY. Don't give up, you'll find the right mix.
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    Quote Originally Posted by thermocouple View Post
    OK I am convinced. I will persevere and try some more. It's likely that I not only have an undersized hammock, but that I also hung it too tight.
    I'm glad to hear this. One night is truly not enough to be sure that you hate it. It took me a couple of weeks to figure out what worked for me, but now I am so comfy in the hammock that I don't want to sleep anywhere else. During those couple of weeks I had a few bad nights' sleep. NO FUN! I'm sorry that your first experience was not what you had hoped it would be, but happy you are willing to give it some more consideration. You may convert after all....

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    Don't give up on hammock camping just yet. It takes awhile to get use it.
    Is it hang time yet?

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    I am an active side sleeper, tosser and turner, as well. My first time in a hammock was at Boy Scout summer camp in 2012. Temps were 107F that week and high humidity. I didn't sleep well the first 2 nights, but nights 3-6 I slept like a baby!! I later bought the whoopieslings.com Structural Ridgeline and that helped me out tremendously.

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    Quote Originally Posted by backpacker View Post
    Don't give up on hammock camping just yet. It takes awhile to get use it.
    I guessing a few years might have been enough time to decide if it was going to take.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TallPaul View Post
    I guessing a few years might have been enough time to decide if it was going to take.
    I guess so
    Is it hang time yet?

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    I just love old threads brought to life as new threads. Need my hammock and popcorn...
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    Everyone's different and just giving hammocks a try was cool. I'm glad you kept your tents.

    Like many, my first few nights took some getting used to but I stuck it out and now sleep better in the Piney Woods than I do at home! Even though at home I'm a 95% side sleeper, somehow in a hammock, once I get settled, I can sleep on my back no problem once I've tucked a rolled up sweater under my knee and a clothes bag in a pillowcase by my left shoulder.

    Just an idea, but if you're still curious, try to find a local hang and check out some of the different hammocks styles, insulation methods, etc... Folks are usually quite willing to chat about the pro's and con's of their setups.
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    As others have said, it's different for differnt people. As much as I love my hammocks, I wish I could be comfortable on the ground in a tarp tent. I love the idea of a tarp tent and all but my back doesn't let me sleep well on the ground. Pads have sure improved but to get one that's substantial enough to make up for my bad back, I have to go too heavy. I'm a side sleeper who moves around too but somehow I've managed to get comfortable sleeping in a hammock although it's taken a lot of experimentation!! I would think a larger percentage of people who try hammocks give up on them because of the learning curve and vaiables you have to dial in; especially if you're trying to lower weight. If you don't care about weight you can go with longer, heavier, double layer hammocks and get more comfort but at a cost!

    At least you tried it and know versus never having tried it and not knowing!

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    I may be repeating others but here is my view as a beginner. I too am a side sleeping tosser and turner but found I can sleep on my back in my hammock, though I still mostly sleep on my side. I have a skeeter beater pro, 10.5 foot, my first mistake was stringing to tight, I figured that out and took care of the shoulder squeeze. still not quite right so I read on here and started with a fixed ridge line and after a week of tinkering had it perfect, but alas, along came my daughter messing with my stuff and I am back to tinkering again for the last week. I have been sleeping in it every night for about 3 weeks now indoors and out and the conclusion ( right or wrong ) I have came to is that as soon as Christmas for the family is taken care of I am going to get a 11 footer from Dutch. I am convinced from the little experience I have that the extra length is what is missing for me to EASILY GET IT DIALED IN. I know it can sleep great, I've done it, it's just been really hard to duplicate once my fixed ridge line got messed with. my daughter ( bless her heart ) has received the message loud and clear that messing with the old mans hammock leads to no good and she will be getting one for Christmas to drive that point home. long story short I have camped my entire life ( 54 ) on the ground and only recently bought a hammock because I thought it would be cooler for a august trip and even with all the mistakes I made I can still pretty much promise you that if you stick with it you won't be sorry and a hammock from Dutch won't hurt the budget.

    Good luck and hang in there, it is worth learning curve IMHO.

    creek

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