First let me say I am amazed on the amount of information on the site and after lurking for a week I think I'm ready to take the plunge! I have had items in my Warbonnet cart for a week now but haven't pushed the "Buy" button……..just yet.
I am a long term backpacker in the Northeast mostly in New Hampshire where we live. During my treks and whacks through the wilderness I have encountered a number of hangers and thought, gee that looks interesting but never ventured beyond. My trial so far has been a 5 minute test from a fellow backpacker I met on the trail this spring. I am an experienced 3 1/2 season backpacker and anticipate not using a hammock during winter.
So I have decided on a hammock, BlackBird XLC 1.1 double layer but still have questions on tarp and insulation. I don't consider myself an ultralight hiker or gram weenie but try to manage weight by questioning what is necessary vs what is a nicety.
To my questions:
Will the Mamajamba provide sufficient rain/storm protection for the XLC or is the Superfly with the storm doors needed to ensure I stay dry?
Being a ground sleeper I will be using pads for now of which I have a NeoAir and CCF both are 25". Will they be useable in the BlackBird or will I need to use something else? Will the air pad survive the bending in a hammock?