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  1. #11
    SilvrSurfr's Avatar
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    If I were a noob, I'd probably start out with a $12.99 tablecloth hammock as toygun suggested. At your weight you could easily start with a single layer, which only weighs about 14 ounces. Add an independent bugnet and you've got a setup less than 23 ounces. Then get to a group hang and try out some of the other cool hammocks before laying out cash for them.

    It all depends on whether you want a Swiss-Army-type hammock like the Switchback or decide to go with an independent approach. A DL 1.9 Switchback is gonna come in at 31 ounces, but you get the integrated bugnet and other features.

    If you think the Switchback is expensive, check out the Clark Jungle hammocks - they weigh a ton but have lots of cool features.

    One of the most popular hammocks on this forum is the Warbonnet Blackbird, which has an integrated bugnet, plus a cool storage shelf. Dream Hammocks also have some really cool hammocks with integrated bugnets and even overcovers, like the DangerBird.

    Personally, I do most of my camping/hiking in non-bugnet weather. I don't like zippers or integrated bugnets, and favor a simple, channeled, gathered-end hammock, so my setup can be much lighter at times. Depending on conditions, I can head out with just a seven ounce (excluding suspension) Weight Weenie Micro hammock. Even my double layer Weight Weenie Micro double layer is just 14 ounces. If it's bugnet weather, I can carry a Buginator bugnet at 8.8 ounces, or the NanoBuginator bugnet at 7 ounces. I really like leaving the bugnet at home when I don't need it.

    Good luck in your search!

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    For a starter hammock Walmart occasionally sells a 25$ blue camping hammock that is nice and comfy. A bit heavy and lacking a bugnet, but useable. My first bugnet hammock was from Byer's. I still loan it out to people and use it in the backyard because I can flip it over and not worry about the bugnet.
    http://www.byerofmaine.com/products/...traveller.html

    May work if you're like me and a bit of a klutz with a needle.

    As for my fav' hammock, I love the warbonnet blackbird. It fit me better then the hennessy, worked for backpacking and has a lot of nice features.
    I just ordered a dream-hammocks ultra light, so will play with that soon. I don't have a lot of group hangs that I can get to, so I had to do a lot of reading. It worked out though.

    I'd suggest making a list of the qualities you need and prioritize them, then read reviews and do side by side spec' comparisons. Good luck!

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    My favorite is a DIY. Love my 1.1 double layer gathered end with the Knotty stretch side mod. Put the shock cord on both head and foot, left and right sides. I don't know if it will continue to be my favorite, because the new one I just made seems to be more comfortable. Time will tell.

    After making a few, I don't really see myself buying a hammock. I am completely happy with the ones I have made, and plan on making a few more......RR
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    Since you said backpacking I'll throw my 2 cents in. I have about 7 hammocks and my go-to for backpacking is The RoamingGnome by Papa Smurf. Light, bugnet which can be zipped back and stuck into an attached bishop bag, comfortable as can be. if I listen hard enough i can hear it calling to me.
    Rockhound: “Hey, Harry.”
    Harry: “Yeah, Rock?”
    Rockhound: “You know we're sitting on 4 million pounds of fuel, one nuclear weapon, and a thing that has two hundred and seventy thousand moving parts, built by the lowest bidder!”

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    Love my Ridge runner

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    Quote Originally Posted by DuctTape View Post
    I love my claytor. So does neo. We are in a minority round here but are liyal for a reason.
    Don't forget me! My Claytor No Net remains at the top of the list, tied with a few others. Still, while are some others I like just as well or better in some ways, I ended up ( after huge debate with myself ) choosing the Claytor for my last two longer trips at higher elevation. But, that was at least as much a choice based on insulation as on the hammock, since I ended up deciding I wanted to use my PeaPod. And the Claytor is my favorite hammock for use with a PeaPod.

    Still, my Claytor is one of my best non-bridge hammocks for lack of calf ridge, and about my favorite for side sleeping, very good overall.
    For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us....that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now.
    Romans 8:18,21-22

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    Senior Member lilprincess's Avatar
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    I started with a Hennessy and have now graduated to a 11' DIY. I don't see myself going back. If you're not proficient with a sewing machine, they are pretty easy to make, so grab someone who is and have them do it.
    Chase your dreams without fear or hesitation!

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    Sorry BB, didn't mean to make you feel excluded. There are a few of us Claytor loyalists hanging around.

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    I'm only 5'9" but around 245 pounds
    But I love my ENO Double nest lots of room
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    Taller people seem to like longer hammocks. I've heard other guys your size say the Switchback was possibly the most comfortable hammock they'd been in. I've also been in a Lite Owl and also, being longer, is VERY comfy. I'd start making your own 11' er and see how that length works for you.
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