Just reread my post and it was much nicer the second time around.
Just reread my post and it was much nicer the second time around.
Last edited by olddog; 10-19-2013 at 00:23.
Most of us end up poorer here but richer for being here. Olddog, Fulltime hammocker, 365 nights a year.
When you look at it, try to consider it this way:
There are several "retail" hammock vendors - ENO, Byer of Maine, Yukon Outfitters (more commonly known as the "Woot Hammock"), Kammock, and I know a few others whose names escape me at the moment. They're all what I'll call entry-level hammocks. ENO also offers underquilts (both down and synthetic), tarps (of varying shapes and sizes), suspensions, a bug net, and "bells and whistles" products (like Twilights or the Possum Bag). Yukon Outfitters recently released a bug net hammock (from what I hear, it's comparable to a Skeeter Beeter from Grand Trunk (another vendor a failed to mention)) and by the end of the year plan to have a tarp available commercially.
At the forefront of these companies is ENO, obviously. I would argue that they're not trying to snipe off those unwitting customers who don't know better but rather they're trying to offer everything a beginning hanger might need (literally, everything) in a retail environment. When I first started hanging, I was aware of Warbonnet. My first hang was in a borrowed Blackbird but when it came to finally outfitting myself, I went with what was readily available, had numerous reviews on Amazon and other sites (along with here on the forum), and was reasonably priced.
That said, I'll reiterate (again) that I don't think it's preying, but rather holding a different corner of the market. Comparing retail vendors to cottage vendors is like comparing apples to oranges.
...Then I tell them about my friend, "Mobile REI."
Well maybe preying was the wrong way to put it. But to me it always seemed like the price jump from their hammocks to their accessories was a little exorbitant. I love my DN, and I've seen prices dip below $50 if you catch a good sale. But then you get the Profly Sil and BAM $150. It just seems like their target market is those people who will see ENO in the retailer and think it is the end-all be-all of hammock gear, and not the crowd who will go home and do tons of research before making a big purchase ($150 is a big purchase for me ). I wasn't trying to detract from the quality of their products.
Last edited by iRokk; 10-21-2013 at 04:37.
I may be dumb, but at least I'm ugly!
I've done so much, with so little, for so long, now I can do anything with nothing.
It's not peer pressure, it's just your turn.
I didn't have a hard time. Just about every thread in the ENO forum where someone asks about an ENO product gets riddled with "buy this" or "buy that", or buy from a cottage vendor". Everything but info about the actual product. Why do we even have an ENO forum? So people can tell you to go buy something else, and ridicule you for being such a noob?
Then there was the post with beginner this and beginner that. Came across as very elitist.
...and "young people"? That post seemed to imply that only stupid young people buy this stuff until they grow up.
How's this: I'm 44. Been sleeping outdoors in hammocks for 30 years. I camp just about every weekend. I take a deep trip just about every year. I have more hammocks than I can count. My go-to system is the ENO One-Link with double nest and Atlas straps. It's very comfortable, and very convenient, and everything works together. I didn't have to make a system; ENO did it for me.
But I guess I paid the stupid tax because I didn't buy a Warbonnet... (another post that was condescending to users of ENO gear...)
None of these posters have bought the Housefly, or have any experience with the Housefly, or had anything constructive to say about the Housefly, other than to bash ENO and ENO users. Why did they even bother to comment? You won't have to reach to find the answer.
There are people who will think you're a fool for spending money on Hennessey or Warbonnet, because you could have just put some ropes on a table cloth. That's fine, but if you don't have anything constructive to say about the aforementioned gear when someone asks, then stay out of those forums. Likewise, if you don't have actual input other than just bashing or letting us all know what a pro you are because you own this gear or that...well...you get the point.
I think you're taking things a little wrong, friend.
I've not seen any ENO bashing or user-bashing here. As you'll see under people's names, many people here on the forums have things other than an ENO that they use on the regular...but I'd be willing to bet you'd be hard pressed to find somebody that either doesn't own an ENO or has used one on the regular for a while.
Just because people have other things (and suggest the use of such) over what you use personally as your go-to kit doesn't shout elitism. It shouts "this is what I use, and here's why I recommend it."
I applaud your use of the One-Link system and your attachment to it. Brand loyalty goes a long way, I think...and I think it shows in that people are willing to talk about their kits as well as you talk about your kit. I stand by my comments about ENO (as do most of the other posters in this thread). If you have a thing that works for you, by all means - get at it. Use that thing 'till it's threadbare and get you another one. If you're interested in trying other things, there's plenty of people willing to share their opinions just as you've shared yours.
Take a breath, mate...have a hang, and recognize that nobody's attacking ENO or the Housefly or your decision to use ENO products exclusively, and join in the conversation without implicating yourself in paying the stupid tax.
I have no problem recommending ENO hammocks as they make a perfectly comfortable hammock. But I typically don't recommend their accessories because I personally won't use them. This has nothing to do with the idea that ENO products are for uninformed beginners or idiots, or even the idea that their products won't work (except for the original slap straps and the ember uq). I'm sure this tarp will work just fine and keep someone dry in just about any storm, and their down uq and TQ will work just fine to keep you warm to 35-40. What it comes down to for ME are a couple of things:
A lot of my camping is backpacking, which means weight is a large factor for me. Also, in the case of the TQ and uq, I need gear that will work for any of the temps I encounter. For me, the eno gear doesn't get the job done in the specs department. All of it is too heavy, and the quilts aren't warm enough.
In terms of cost, I can get gear that fulfills my specs requirements from cottage vendors for either close to the same price, or much cheaper than the eno gear which won't work for me (those eno quilts seriously overpriced). An added bonus in supporting the cottage vendors is I get to send my business to fellow forum members.
Now, all that being said, if someone prefers to shop in a large retail setting, or can get eno gear for a really good price AND it will do what they need, the. They should go ahead and get the eno gear. My opinion is just that, my opinion and in the end a person has to make their own decision.