Iím new to hammocking, or more specifically it has taken me YEARS to find a hammock worth considering so I wouldnít consider myself a hammocker yet.
Iíve tried offerings from The Travel Hammock, Speer, Jungle, Mosquito, and Hennessey. None worked and ultimately I dismissed hammocking as a non-option for me with part of the problem being my size Ė 6í6Ē and 280 pounds.
Just as I was convinced nothing would work, the Blackbird came along. Although Iím not thrilled with needing to use the heaviest one to support my big ole body as Iím a lightweight backpacker by nature, the bottom line is that the Blackbird is phenomenal and it is constructed appropriately for my dimensions.
Unfortunately Ė I tried to sleep in it and just canít. I simply canít ďsleepĒ. It is comfortable for laying, sitting, and lounging around Ė but I just canít seem to get comfortable enough for actual sleeping. Letís face it, I canít use it if I canít sleep.
I have adjusted the ridgeline to various positions and find it easy to lay flat. I find that there is enough room, although Iím not used to having silnylon surrounding me and touching my head, feet, and shoulders constantly. My gripe is that there is always something squishing me or otherwise making my body bend ever so slightly in ways I donít like. No matter what I do, Iím always slightly off my comfort position and everything I do impacts something else (i.e. pushing out my leg, raising my arm, etc.). Itís like the ďpea under the mattressĒ fairytale where everything is perfect, but I just canít sleep.
With that said, is this just an issue with hammocking as a whole or am I doing something wrong? Is there a way to increase my comfort or should I just suck it up and either get used to being in a nylon coffin or go back to the ground? Basically - I'm "trying" to be a hammocker but I don't know if it will work.
Iím so proud of the Blackbird because it is a **** good product, but in the end either it works or it doesnít and I fear being the only person on planet earth who might just return it.
Thanks for your comments.