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    Why camo?

    I live in place where there's a threat of future invasion, so i'm thinking about getting camo hammock and tarp for myself, but overall, I'm really confused.
    Just want to ask what are the benefits of camo pattern?

    Are you shy?

    Ok, but really, I can understand it's a benefit in places where hammocking is restricted but is there any such place? If you are a hunter of wild photographer then swinging in a hammock would really mess with your aim.

    Personally i don't see any reasons to hide from people and what comes to animals, the more aggressive color the smaller the change of animals running into your hammock, so, why camo?

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    Less visual impact, easier to overlook, easier to enjoy the view without people walking up to you and asking what the heck did you set up (seen this A LOT with t**t dwellers coming out to the bright colored hammocks and tarps)

    closer to "leave no trace" theory of dispersed camping

    sometimes people just want to be left alone..

    camo's cool. (note my name )

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    I'm old, cranky & senile. I can blame the camo for not being able to find my way back to my hammock.
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    If you use camo and black you can pretend you are Rambo. ;-)

    On a serious note visual impact will be similar if you use earth tones for your area. Only you can choose them as only you know where you camp. Straight lines are as big an issue as color choices. Learn how to break up the outline with added brush or other bits.
    YMMV

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    I left the US Army, Airborne Infantry, after 12 years in 99 and foreswore the wearing, use of, or general association with any form of "camouflage" ever again. That said, I do prefer earth tones because I do not like to stand out and do like to be able to "disappear" when I need to.
    Now, I recently purchased a kayak. I wanted a "angler" yak, with a high capacity payload. I have a VERY bad leg, from military service, and cannot do long hikes so bicycle and float camping are what is open to me. The only color options, in the model I settled on, were canary yellow and camo. I just could not abide "canary yellow" so I broke my rule on camo and now, my yak and everything with it is camouflage. Bah! It was forced on me however!
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    I like to tree climb and being less visible is extremely useful when setting up a hammock there. No risk of passerby's questioning my safety. That being said I try to avoid camo because a) it tends to be more expensive, b) heavier, and c) if I'm told that I'm not allowed to camp where I am (in a tree or otherwise), it will be less incriminating for me to go with solid colours.

    I go camping to drop off the face of the earth.

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    Most tents are bright colors and most hammock gear is Earth tones. I guess we like to be discreet and blend in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nodust View Post
    I guess we like to be discreet and blend in.
    ^^ This. No need to have an unnecessary impact.

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    The allure for me is that it keeps the bothersome folks away.. most wont see you unless they walk up on you...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nodust View Post
    Most tents are bright colors and most hammock gear is Earth tones. I guess we like to be discreet and blend in.
    Some tents [and hammocks for that matter] are more brightly colored because when your tent bound for weather reason, a brighter color helps keep your spirits up.

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