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    Member Raoul Duke's Avatar
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    Snipe vs. Lite Owl?

    So I've narrowed down my choice for a new hammock to the WL Snipe or Lite Owl based on the length and foot/head boxes. Now I need help deciding between the Lite Owl and the Snipe. I understand the structural differences (2 ply vs. 1 ply, weight difference), but is either more comfortable than the other?

    Also, can you slide a pad in between the 2 plies on the Lite Owl? I have an UQ, but the option to use a pad would be nice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raoul Duke View Post
    So I've narrowed down my choice for a new hammock to the WL Snipe or Lite Owl based on the length and foot/head boxes. Now I need help deciding between the Lite Owl and the Snipe. I understand the structural differences (2 ply vs. 1 ply, weight difference), but is either more comfortable than the other?

    Also, can you slide a pad in between the 2 plies on the Lite Owl? I have an UQ, but the option to use a pad would be nice.
    I love my Light Owl more than my WBB. I use a 3/4 uq so i place a footpad in between the two layers and it doesn't move all night. I'm probably going to pick up a snipe for summer use.
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    I love my Lite Owl too. Pad works great, although I often opt for an UQ. Even so, I like the feel of the double layer, which many say protects against bug bites in warmer months. I'm sure you'll be happy with either choice. Good luck.
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    WL has some really comfy hammocks. I love the open view either of your choices offer. My Snipe suits me fine, but I don't use pads after finding the plush warmth of UQ's. It weighs a bit less and packs down a bit smaller. You can't go wrong with a WL hammy. Man, they sleep like a dream.

    Good luck!

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    I'm a new convert to the Lite Owl. I never thought I'd swap out my Light Hiker but this thing is just too darned comfy. I had a great night in it Friday night. This afternoon I was playing around with an adjustable ridgeline and I think it may have made it even more comfortable.

    I can't compare it to the Snipe since I've never tried it but I think you'd do well with either one. I went with the Lite Owl because I'm partial to double layers. fwiw it weighed about 2 oz less than the 20 oz on the WL site. I'm very happy so far.
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    i have a NO & 2LOs and zero snipes. i have taken a nap in a snipe and i will have to say that the snipe is about 1% more comfortable than either of my Owls. i have always preferred double layer hammocks, simply because i feel more secure in knowing i have 2 layers to bust threw, and the easier use of a pad with my 3/4 quilt.
    my most comfortable LO has the "slowhike" mod.(a spreader pole above the head position).
    my second fav. is my Night Owl, i like the 1.5 material, i feel like it is easier to move around in. (the Snipe is a single layer 1.5 and that is why i think it is 1% more comfortable)
    either of the WL hammocks will be a great choice, the question is simply 1 layer or 2?

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    i love my lo but i wanna pick a snipe up i was wondering the same thing nice info!!!

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    Depends on your weight. I went with the lite owl because even though at 200lbs I'm within the limit of the snipe I don't like too much fabric stretch.

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    Thanks for all the feedback, guys. I ended up going with the Lite Owl, figuring that the option of adding a pad is the way to go. I'll post up a review once I try it out.

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