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    Cheap, easy, start up?

    Middle-aged, over-weight, bald guy looking at entry level options.. A fair amount of outdoor experience, but Hammocking is limited to laying about in an IMPS net on sunny days.. (See below)

    I've done some research, and really like the looks of the Clark NA, but I'm not willing to drop that much cash at the outset..

    Any tips on entry level hammocks? Is there someway to effectively rig a standard mosquito net (with the 4 corner point attachments) over a hammock? What would you recommend as an entry level system?

    Thanks,

    Gerry

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    Have a look at http://mosquitohammock.com/

    The Jungle hammock comes complete ready to hang with a nice tarp. The hammock is double layered for easy use with a pad for insulation. The 150 dollar price includes shipping, which can be pretty slow (atleast two weeks, maybe less).

    This is just one of many options, but most will agree its a solid setup.

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    I think that if I was looking for what you're describing, I'd go for this: http://www.warbonnetoutdoors.net/travel_h.htm

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    Quote Originally Posted by guySmiley View Post
    I think that if I was looking for what you're describing, I'd go for this: http://www.warbonnetoutdoors.net/travel_h.htm
    I love my Claytor No Net, $45 including shipping when I got it. But I'm pretty sure the WB travel would be at least as nice, and I like that net they offer. And shipping would be much quicker, plus you'd be buying American.

    Either would be a great way to go without dropping large $.
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    A skeeter beater travel hammock (comes with bug net and tree huggers) and a guide gear tarp. I have about $60 - $70 bucks in that.

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    I second the Claytor Jungle. A great setup. Everything that you need to get started. Count on super slow shipping. It took 3 weeks for me to get my 3X4 Tarp.
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    Or, you could go over the postings in the for sale forum. Alan posted a couple of complete setups.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lori View Post
    Or, you could go over the postings in the for sale forum. Alan posted a couple of complete setups.
    THAT would be the smartest thing to do.

    Good advice, Lori!

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    The Hennessy Expedition is also a great first hammock.

    Here's a pretty good price on one: www.thehikingspot.com

    Just be sure that whatever you get either comes with a tarp or budget for one. Mosquito netting already installed is nice, but yeah, you could rig up a regular mosquito net onto most any hammock (if it's long enough, 9' should work, 10' would be better). If your hammock comes with a ridgeline that is ideal - to keep the bug net off your face.
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    Greetings fellow citizen of the Land of Felonious Governors.

    Knowing that your pocket is picked clean by our State and your City, I'm gonna optimize on the "cheap" part of your self description. You can get a no-frills hammock like the Grand Trunk Ultralight for $20 before shipping. You'll want to boost the suspension some, e.g. webbing, maybe another $10.

    I'm pretty sure you can rig a cheap four corner mosquito net like this one--$13---but you'll have to do some DIY surgery to make passage for the suspension. If you have DIY skills then making a tube of netting for a hammock is a pretty simple project.

    For a lower-end "complete" system I kinda like the Skeeter-Beater Pro (despite the fact that I sold mine!) If memory serves I replaced the suspension on that one too...this one is BIG and has a built-in bugnet that zippers in. The regular "Skeeter Beater" is a little cheaper but smaller enough that for me any way (6'1") the extra length of the Pro model is well worth it.

    Best of breed though in gathered end hammocks are the Blackbirds. x2 in cost of what you pay for the Skeeter Beater, but quality throughout, USA cottage industry, worth supporting. I'm just waiting for a stimulus check from the government so I can stimulate Brandon some more!

    good luck on the search for a hammock

    Grizz

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