Hello, I am posting for the first time.
I recently purchased a Clark NX-250 with an RX-250 camouflage rain fly. In my opinion; the design, workmanship, and overall quality of Clark’s products are impressive. The pole design included on the NX-250 spread out the hammock over my head and provided a very roomy feel.
I have only had time to complete one quick 3 day trip so far. Here is my report. I hope it is useful.
I took the NX-250 hammock out on the Highline Trail which is located in Arizona below the “rim country”. Trail elevations are generally above 6,000’. The habitat is primarily Ponderosa forest with intermittent perennial streams coming off of the rim. The temperatures on this trip ranged from the low 40°s at night to daytime temperatures approaching the upper 70°s. The winds were light to moderate.
On each of the nights that I was out, I picked well sheltered areas off of the trail to set up camp . My sleep system inside the NX-250 included an old style 20” x 72” Thermarest mattress (R = ~ 3.5) and a 20° NF semi-rectangular down bag. I slept in heavyweight capilene underwear, wool socks, and a stocking cap. My trail clothes and a few pack items were stuffed in the NX-250 hammock’s under pockets. I zipped in the NX-250's weather shield to increase the warmth. Overall, I slept very comfortably. Towards morning, I cooled off a bit and put on a wool shirt which helped to warm me up. I think my approach to insulation needs work.
In the past I have been a lightweight tent camper. I have limited hammock experience, and I definitely have lots to learn. I decided to make the full jump out of my tent and into the NX-250 hammock primarily to help lighten my pack load and to increase my options for "rough country" camp locations. So far so good!