Maybe this is old news, but I just picked this new hammock up because I was curious. This makes 5 hammocks for me but I bet it would work as a good starter. It is a channel hammock with a nice stuff sack. I have'n't weighed it yet but I would be surprised if it weighs more than 6 - 8 oz. I slept in it a couple nights and it works great. I just added some modifications to it (added whoopie slings and a ridge line) and it is a really nice little hang for the price, only $22.95!!