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  1. #31
    Quote Originally Posted by CeeVee View Post
    I'm in Florida also and prefer the RR over my Blackbird. 2 comments - my biggest complaint is that I keep forgetting to get the head spreader bar into it's loop while assembling, wish it was red grosgrain tape instead of black. I'll learn (eventually)😕. Second I tried the pad with both my BB & RR then bought a Mt Greylock UQ. Nylon is cold even in Fla. Of course if your mad enough to camp in mid August (like I did once) .... you're on your own☺
    Thanks for the advice! Any other tips for Florida hammocking?

  2. #32
    Thanks again to all who've responded. I appreciate the feedback and am still saving. All the advice has cemented my decision for the WBRR.

  3. #33
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    May 2013
    Location
    Boulder, CO
    Hammock
    Warbonnet RidgeRunner
    Tarp
    Superfly
    Insulation
    HG Incubator 0 deg
    Suspension
    adjustable straps
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    284
    1. Have you had trouble finding trees to hang on while camping?
    Yes, but only in campgrounds where there is a designated tent "pad". The first time I camped in a campground, I got lucky and the trees were in the right place. I built myself a Turtle Dog stand, which took me all of about 30 minutes, in case I went car camping somewhere without trees. There are hammock stand backpacking devices make with lightweight materials but they are more expensive.

    2. Is it hard to set up ?
    Easy peasy. Easier than any of my tents.

    3. Would you buy it again if?
    Absolutely! I set it up for the first time in a park, laid down to try it out for 5 minutes, and woke up an hour later. Oddly, I found I didn't need a pillow.

    4. Do you recommend it for a first hammock?
    Definitely. It has all of the features I needed. I didn't find it to be unstable at all, which is a common concern.

    I also got a SuperFly because I wanted the doors built in, rather than the Cloudburst, which has no doors. The CB has the pullout positioned differently than the SF. I bought 4 clip-on tarp pullouts from Dutch Gear so I can easily set the pullout position like the CB.

    I tried 2 different gathered end hammocks and couldn't quite get past the calf pressure problem. I didn't really want a piece of equipment that required me to fiddle around a lot to make it comfortable.

    Oddly, I found I didn't need a pillow.

    HTH
    I held a moment in my hand, brilliant as a star, fragile as a flower, a tiny sliver of one hour. I dropped it carelessly, Ah! I didn't know, I held opportunity. -Hazel Lee

  4. #34
    Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2013
    Location
    New River, AZ
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    WBRR
    Insulation
    Lynx full
    Suspension
    cinch buckles
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    I tried my Ridgerunner last night with my Exped Downmat pad. Firstly, wanted to see if it would fit as I have the 26" wide version. It fit fine and was snug at the waist of the RR so it is not going to move. This is a 3.5 inch thick mat and I had never tried one that thick before. The size and thickness of the mat fills the RR side to side and end to end and raises the bed up -- but I did not find it to be too tippy at all and the view was great! Plus, the pad has an R value of 8 (see link below) so an underquilt should not be necessary (in addtion to the pad) in just about any conditions.

    When I tent camp, I use the pad plus the tent, poles, stakes and sleeping bag. With the RR it is the pad, plus the hammock (no stakes) and a TQ (and sometimes tarp). From a standpoint of packed size and weight, pretty even (I motorcycle camp).

    Comfort? RR is awesome. I like it better than my BB.

    I will say though, that the RR with the thick pad is a like a cot in the sky. It is quite different from a gathered end hammock. YMMV.

  5. #35
    Member
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    Sep 2013
    Location
    New River, AZ
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    WBRR
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    Lynx full
    Suspension
    cinch buckles
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  6. #36
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2013
    Location
    East Central Florida
    Hammock
    WB RR, BB
    Tarp
    Cluodburst, MJ
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    Down
    Suspension
    D-rings and straps
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    354
    Other tips for Florida hammocking? DEET is your best friend and get a broad brim hat.

  7. #37
    Watch DEET around hammocks and tarps. It will melt the fabric. Permethrin is a better friend for those.

  8. #38
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2013
    Location
    East Central Florida
    Hammock
    WB RR, BB
    Tarp
    Cluodburst, MJ
    Insulation
    Down
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    D-rings and straps
    Posts
    354
    Good point, as matter of fact, got a spray bottle from wally world last week. Permethrin for plastics and fabrics, DEET for the skin.

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