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    Well...I'm torn

    As a habitual gear junky getting into hammock camping this year could be an expensive mixture. i'm looking at both the blackbird and the HH for a starting point. I'll be spending all summer on fire crew with the DNR, so it will see heavy use in fire camp.so what it boils down to for me is which is the more versatile? can they both, heaven forbid, be used as a tent should the need arise? does the velcro on the HH annoy the **** out of anyone? as long as i keep it under $200 i'm game for looking at anything else that will stand up to heavy use and be light enough for backpacking and can be adapted for winter use at a later date.

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    The velcro isn't that bad. IMHO the pain in the arse part is trying to arrange your bed or get at things inside the hammock while standing inside the 'birth canal'.

    I got 2QZQ mod #2 done on both my HH's and I love it.
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    Both are light and will withstand heavy use. I have never worn out a hammock yet. The HH comes with a tarp, if that isn't needed I would go with the BB.
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    skip the hh and got to the blackbird. if you are going to spend any money its better of being spent on the best.

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    I'm a big fan of a HH with the #2 zipper mod.

    That said, I'd recommend a double layer Blackbird for your situation. This allows you to use a closed cell foam pad between the layers for insulation, which you'll need for any temps below 70-75F. Not as comfy as an under quilt but a whole lot cheaper, which is one of your criteria.

    Oh, and welcome to the forum. Your wallet is about to go for a wild ride!
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    I agree .. I would go with the Blackbird. It has everything you would need and you don't have to send it in for a zipper mod, its all right there!
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    Welcome ....
    The BlackBird would be easier to use as a tent ... if the need arises ..... as it is a top loading hammock.
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    Warning! Wrench in the works here. Try a Bridge before you do anything! With mods you can get a bridge down to lower than a BB in weight and the flat lie is fantastic. BB is a great hammock though and a good choice but you owe it to yourself to try a Bridge too.



    Good luck in your decision.

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    Just to add another point on the closed cell foam. It isn't uncomfortable, just not quite as nice as an UQ. I have a blackbird so i'm biased. You will love layin in your hammock after a hard days work. Be sure to get a decent tarp
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    I own both and if I could only have one, it would be the Blackbird. I have the zipper mod on the HH and that makes it almost equal to the BB.
    It still doesn't have the shelf, the layer to slip a pad, or a footbox. The only reason I can think of to choose the HH over the BB is if you just can't afford it.
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