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    why so expensive?

    Does anyone know why the Clark NA is 3 times as expensive as most other brands?

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    'Cause it's so pretty... =o)

    In all seriousness, the Clark has a heck of a lot of features, probably takes a lot of work to produce compared to, say, a Claytor. Not that all of the features are necessary or even effective, but they're there none the less.

    The North American is a good hammock, and a lot of fun to play around with, but in retrospect I myself found that simpler is better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jscalia View Post
    Does anyone know why the Clark NA is 3 times as expensive as most other brands?
    Because there still made in america and family owned unlike some others out there who have went eles were to have there product made for mass production..... it is truly a 4 season hammock and I am not trying to get anything started so I will leave it at that.

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    it is all set for 4 season use. zipper bugnet, ws, tarp, pockets, pockets, pockets, made in US.

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    So it's expensive because it's made in the US? I don't understand that rationale. It's expensive because of the pockets? How much is it relative to the other models?


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    It is a complete package. If you bought a HH, a supershelter, and an overcover you will spend more. The Clark NA has the pockets that insulation can be added in and the weather shield is like an overcover. I personally would not use the NA for hiking because I think the weather shield and pockets are not worth the weight. The Clark pockets are about as effective as the HH supershelter

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    Quote Originally Posted by NCPatrick View Post
    So it's expensive because it's made in the US? I don't understand that rationale.
    Because American workers demand to be paid a reasonable wage with some benefits. That has a dramatic effect on the cost of manufacturing. But, I tend to agree that the fact that it is 'feature rich' right off the shelf probably has more to do with the cost. Add up everything you'd buy to go with a DIY hammock and it probably isn't too far off. Of course, that assumes you don't DIY everything else too.

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    Made in America by American workers? Union labor?


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    In one way or another, we are all affected by union labor. Even the small shops still have to pay enough to retain qualified workers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HANGnOUT View Post
    It is a complete package. If you bought a HH, a supershelter, and an overcover you will spend more. The Clark NA has the pockets that insulation can be added in and the weather shield is like an overcover. I personally would not use the NA for hiking because I think the weather shield and pockets are not worth the weight. The Clark pockets are about as effective as the HH supershelter
    I'm confused by the comparison. Are you saying the Clark NA comes with insulation? I didn't see that indicated. Or are you saying the empty pockets insulate enough you don't need insulation?

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