BIAS has great deals, or there's the DIY route. Making a hammock is super simple, and you can get it done for pretty cheap. Bug net is a bit trickier, but not anything overly complicated.
If you're 6', you might want to look into an 11 footer. I'm 6'1" and swing in a 10' right now, and it can feel a bit cramped at times. Common knowledge on here says 11' for people over 6'. Especially if you're making your own you might as well spring the extra couple of bucks and make a nice spacious hammock for yourself.
Edit: For the tarp, save up some money and get something nice. Lots of people have made the mistake of buying something that will get them through whatever they have coming up, but regret not buying exactly what they want in the first place. I'm saving up to buy a Superfly right now from Warbonnet - $130 for a huge tarp complete with doors. It might sound expensive, but this is the entirety of your protection from the elements and should be a link in the gear chain that you are willing to spend heavily on. So, either go big or go super cheap (heavy blue tarp from Wally World) in an effort to save up for something you'll really love.
Last edited by overthinker; 01-30-2014 at 12:06. Reason: More info
I think I'm going to go with this and attempt to make my own skitter net. Seem some what straight forward. I will save my pennies and get me a "good" tarp/rain fly.
I've read a lot of reviews on the "military style jungle hammock"s with built in bug nets....almost universally, the consensus is that if it is NOT USGI marked (very very hard to find marked as USGI from Vietnam), it's worthless as a hammock.
1) too short
2) too many cords
3) complicated to set up
4) weak stitching, prone to ripping easily even below 250 pounds
5) material is not quite breathable
mind you, this was for hammocks like THIS;
now, the Snugpak...it does look interesting.... but again, seems to be rather short for a gathered end hammock.. could alleviate that with mini spreaders of some sort if possible.
Just like a woman, I think I've changed my mind again. Really looking at the TTTM hammocks. Read a few reviews and they are nothing but great. Also PM'ed a couple folks and they love theirs still to this day.
Any thoughts on the TTTM's hammock?
Well, I pulled the trigger and purchased this hammock.
Had my first hang with it Saturday. I'm 6' & 190lbs. I did use a big sleeping bag and flipped the hammock over so the bug net was under me. I'd have to say it's almost to short for a feller my size. I fought with it all night keeping my feet in or my head in. I did sleep on a diagonal as mush as I could. Don't have exact measurements of width or length, but I for see my soon now having a new hammock...lol
I'll be shopping for a double hammock here in the near future.
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I wish I'd seen this yesterday before you purchased. I've got one and am going to sell it. I'll even be including shock cord to use with the suspension of the bugnet. Like you I found it too short and a pain to get in once the bugnet was right side up. I just couldn't get comfortable and went back to my GT Dbl. Since then I've gotten two more 10+ ft hammocks and couldn't be happier with the lay.
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