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    Bugnet Thoughts

    It's that time of the year, where bugs are on my mind.

    I'm a relative newcomer, and all my hammock stuff except my UQ are DIY:
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    My next project is the ever popular bugnet. I've been doing some digging and wanted opinions on the following options based on what I saw on JustJeff's site...

    • Speer style (velcro)
    • 1/2 Speer: Velcro on one side, Zipper on the other (I don't want it permanently mounted, I have a zipper from a fleece sleeping bag)
    • Tube-style w/ cinch cord ends
    • Over the top with a perimeter cinch cord around bottom
    • Other ideas?


    I'm contemplating Organza since I have a Joanne's nearby, played with tulle a bit (too fragile). Other CHEAP net options would be appreciated...

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    disclaimer: I'm a teensy bit claustrophobic...
    I like the idea of being able to escape my hammock easily if need be, but I hate bugs so... I like Mirage's shock cord idea.

    I've had a simple draping bugnet before, but I found it had issues with it hanging onto me and then bugs biting me through the holes in the net where it touched my face (!!!)

    I guess a better ridgeline and maybe some side tieouts would help.

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    I tried some velcro on one side of the hammock , with the netting sewn on the other. Works but its a pain. And the velcro can snag the netting during pack up time, that usually leads to tears in the netting. I would avoid velcro. ymmv.

    The tube style is the one I'm liking best. The one I made has cinch cords at either end. I like the full wrap I get, seems to keep the pesky bugs away from the underside to. I hate hearing the skeeters buzzing right next to my head. Skeeters on the other side of the sil are loud.
    The tube was super easy to build.
    If the weather is good or bugs aren't bad, you don't have to put it on.

    But for ease of application, full body bug protection, and easy assembly, I'd say the tube style is the way to go.
    Maybe heavier since it uses more netting, but everything has its points.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gargoyle View Post
    Maybe heavier since it uses more netting, but everything has its points.
    Gargoyle,
    How much lighter do you think it would be if you used the Nanoseeum™ Netting from Thru-Hiker instead of the standard Noseeum netting?

    CB

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    Bugnet Tube/Hammock Sock Combo

    I made a simple hammock sock/bugnet tube combination that I use all year.

    It has DWR breathable nylon on the bottom (48" wide) and no see um netting on the top (40" wide) with drawstrings on both ends and a 6' long double zipper on one of the side seams for easy entry and exit.

    The whole tube is 9'6" long with an 88" circumference.

    Why such a large circumference? So I can attach my underquilt without compressing. You will need some kind of ridgeline to hold up the bugnet/hammock sock.

    The no see um on the top part of the tube prevents claustraphobia (sp?) in the winter, holds in some heat, and keeps bugs out the rest of the year. The windbreaker bottom protects my hammock from wind and from chilling mountain fogs common in VA and NC where I hike.

    This is a good DIY project for a beginner (the zipper is sewn on and then you cut off the fabric covering it)

    The only downside is the weight (14 oz. with zipper), but worth it in my view

    HYOH

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    I have not used the nanoseeum from thruhiker, but I'd reckon you'll knock a couple of ounces out of the equation.
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    No see um

    I think regular no see um is 1 oz per square yard and the nano is .8 oz per square yard. Not much weight savings.

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    20% less? sounds like it a good reduction to me.

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    Weight savings

    If you made a large bugnet tube that used 7 yards of no see um it would weigh 7 oz.

    If you used the more expensive, but lighter, nano no see um it would weigh 5.6 oz.

    A total savings of 1.4 oz.

    Not much in my view

    HYOH

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    Thru-Hiker says - Nanoseeum™ is 32% lighter than standard noseeum netting for use in your weight critical applications: 0.7 oz per square yard finished weight.

    That would definitely save some weight from what is listed, I'm not that good at math so I don't know how much finished savings it would be when its all cut and done vs. the Noseeum. I just saw it and thought it would be worth mentioning!

    CB

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