View Poll Results: What hammock manufacturer do you recomend for someone just getting started?

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  • Hennessy Hammock

    32 20.78%
  • Clark Jungle Hammock

    7 4.55%
  • Speer Hammocks

    2 1.30%
  • Eagle's Nest Outfitters

    26 16.88%
  • Claytor Hammocks

    10 6.49%
  • Jacks R Better Hammock

    2 1.30%
  • Grand Trunk Hammock

    8 5.19%
  • Warbonnet Hammock

    39 25.32%
  • Do it yourself Hammock

    19 12.34%
  • Other, not listed

    9 5.84%
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  1. #11
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    To me, the ENO is sort of the classic entry level hammock. You can find out if you like sleeping a full night in a hammock without breaking the bank.

    I considered Hennessy Hammocks because that's how I started, but the ENO is just SO much more economical if (like me) you already had a tarp of your own.

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    I gotta agree with others, the ENO is a great hammock, particularly from an entry-level standpoint. It was my first hammock and I still have one for my son to use when we go camping. It's also an excellent hammock for lounging use or to loan to a friend who's curious about hammocking. Get rid of it if you must, but I'd advise you to keep it around. You never know when it'll come in handy.
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    I think diy is the way to go for your first. Risk's test hammock gives you a good idea if you will like hanging. as far as price, most people can make one for about 20 bucks. but then again you can pic up a Kalisto for that much.
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    I say DIY all the way unless you can buy one NEAR you for the price of matireals that you could get NEAR you unless of corce you can borrow one and try it out first
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    I will also go with DIY. I know that is kind of backward since most people getting into hammocks are pretty clueless and just want to get one. They are SO easy to make though. The design is quite simple and you do not even have to sew your first one. Like another poster said, just make one real quick and lay in it to see if it is something that might work out.

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    If a person is inclined to DIY, than that's the ticket. Otherwise an inexpensive parachute hammock is the way I started out to see if it was worth draining the checking account any further. I got hooked on hammocks and now the bank account is on life support.
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    For me,,, and everybody has different needs, The ENO double was the way to go for my 1st hammock. $65 dollars and I was in. Then the fever starts...

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    Quote Originally Posted by SmokeHouse View Post
    For me,,, and everybody has different needs, The ENO double was the way to go for my 1st hammock. $65 dollars and I was in. Then the fever starts...
    The Claytor No Net is also a major contender in this category. For a ridiculous $40 including shipping, I got a double layer hammock that I still consider pretty competitive in the most comfortable competition. Maybe not the absolute best, but right up there in the company of the best.

    But about as far as you can get from made in America, which is important to some(and me), and not made by a forum member, and a long wait for shipping. And some may not find it as comfy as I do, I think I have read a few complaints about narrow width( a bonus for me though I'm not tiny).

    Still, for some one without a clue who just wants to give it a try, how can you lose? I'm surprised it hasn't gotten more votes.
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    I have one concern about suggesting a DIY hammock to someone who has no experience with hammocks. There is a learning curve to a hammock. Yes the design is very simple and they very easy to make. But unless the person is committed to hanging there are pitfalls. Some of the strangeness that can be found with hammocks can be traced to errors in gathering or cinching the ends. It is tempting to try to possibly cut corners in terms of size, width and sag. If there is sufficient support for a particular brand on line then the user can be better guided as to what adjustments to make. Otherwise it could be hard to tell.

    I'm talking about a straight from the fabric bolt DIY. The Speeer kit and that kind of thing is different. Lots of talk about tieing up a sheet. It'll work if you like short hammocks. When I built my home sleeper I explored that and found that even a king size sheet was too short for what I like. My first DIY attempts were not happy. Had I not been committed to using a hammock I might have flushed the process.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ramblinrev View Post
    I have one concern about suggesting a DIY hammock to someone who has no experience with hammocks. There is a learning curve to a hammock. Yes the design is very simple and they very easy to make. But unless the person is committed to hanging there are pitfalls.
    I agree with that.

    An introduction to hammocks, IMO, should start with a simple top loader (gathered end) to learn about suspensions and sag and laying asym. Then, move on to a DIY to refine thoughts about fabric, width, whipping, ridgelines, etc. Then later, if desired, on to the more spendy commercial models and Bridge designs.
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