I am getting ready to purchase my first hammock! I would like to get one that is lighter weight if possible because I plan to use it pretty often for short backpacking trips. (I am trying to go lightweight on all my gear if possible.) I have decided on the Blackbird DL but I don't know which fabric I should get.
I am currently 5'10" and 268 lbs BUT I have been working to lose weight and I hope/plan to be down to 230-240 by this May when I do a multi-day hike along the AT.
SO do I:
A. Save the ounces long term since I am using it backpacking and get the 1.1 DL, sacrificing SOME comfort now knowing it will probably feel better once I lose some weight?
B. Go ahead and get the 1.7 DL for comfort (with my weight range) and take the 7 ounce penalty (even though I may wish I could have saved the weight later)?
I am itching to pull the trigger soon so I would love any feedback to make this IMPORTANT decision!! Thanks!
P.S. - Below is what he says on his site but I was wanting to know from experienced users as well. (Yes, I know everyone's comfort level is a little different but would appreciate the thoughts.):
Double 1.1, double 1.7 blackbirds and Double layer RidgeRunner. Choose double 1.1 Blackbird if looking to go lightweight. In this weight range the double 1.7 Blackbird will provide you slightly more support, choose double 1.7 Blackbird for maximum comfort and double 1.1 Blackbird if you're weight conscious at all. Double layer RidgeRunner is also appropriate.
Double 1.1, double 1.7 Blackbirds You can certainly still go double 1.1 if you're looking to cut packweight, but in this weight range the double 1.7 Blackbird starts to be noticeably flatter and more supportive. Double 1.1 is recommended for those looking to go lightweight, double 1.7 recommended for those looking for maximum comfort. Double layer RidgeRunner is only rated to 250 LBS.