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    Senior Member Awkward Sportsman's Avatar
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    Still not a hanger

    Hello everyone!! First off, I must give credit to Shug for leading me to this great site. I was on youtube looking at Superior hiking trail videos, when I stumbled upon some of Shug's videos. Well I think that he convinced me to go with a hammock. My girlfriend and I just got back from a trip on the SHT. We packed a Marmot Hideaway 4 (yeah yeah, I know that is way to big!!!) Long story short we both want to get hammocks, so I joined this community to learn as much as I can before making a purchase. I also want to get involved more in the outdoor community. I hope that I can make some contributions to this fine place, as I know I will be soaking up a heck of a lot of information. Can't wait to get into my first hammock!!! I am thinking about going homemade, but still trying to figure that one out. Thanks ahead of time to everyone that has posted their wealth of knowledge. I will try and not ask questions that have already been covered, but no promises.

    Thanks a lot!!
    Seppish1

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    Senior Member jraffini's Avatar
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    Glad you found the site. Make sure you never want to sleep on the ground again before you get into a hammock, because there's no turning back! You're going to love it. It's smart to get some research in before making purchases, but you won't be able to wait long. It's just to dang fun!! Enjoy!

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    Senior Member ArcsandSparks's Avatar
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    Welcome to HF...Homemade is a cheap way to start. If you make your own you will save some money and decide if you like it..you may just like your DIY too!
    Just when I thought you couldn't possibly be any dumber, you go and do something like this... and totally redeem yourself!

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    Senior Member tonejones's Avatar
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    Welcome buddy, home is the way to go trust me I have had them all and my $25 home made 1.4 oz/sqyd hammock that weighs in at 9.8oz with suspension is my go to.

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    Senior Member wirerat123's Avatar
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    Honestly, from all reviews, and very experienced hammocker reviews, the Warbonnett Blackbird or Traveler is the way to go. BUT researching and building your own allows for plenty of customization options, an incredible source of pride, learn a cool new skill set, and saves a lot of money in the long haul.

    I've built several setups, and nothing makes me beam more than when on a trip someone looks at my setup and says "Where did you buy that?", then I can say "I made it.". People get stunned when they see me using my own home made gear, sleep in it, and wake up early, eager and refreshed meanwhile they are stiff and tired from tossing and turning all night. Most after lying in the setup a while ask how much it costs to make a nice setup like some of mine. When I tell them "Under $100 for the screened hammock, the tarp and all the suspension." they just about drop dead.

    With my Wally World ripstop finds and the $3 Noah Lamports SilNylon my setups generally take less than $70 to build. My avatar is my pride and joy creation, and it cost around $30 to build.

    Here is a picture of it just after I completed it:
    http://www.hammockforums.net/gallery...&cutoffdate=-1

    And here is one with it under one of my home made tarps:
    http://www.hammockforums.net/gallery...&cutoffdate=-1

    Don't be intimidated by the DIY thing, it's no nearly as hard as it seems, and well, worth every second of the time invested! GO FOR IT! And Welcome to Hammock Forums!
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    DIY is addicting and fulfilling!
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    Senior Member squidbilly's Avatar
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    Another welcome from Alabama. If you have a sewing machine you should definitely experiment with making your own gear, especially with all the info available here. If you can't find answers by searching, just ask, ssomeone here will know.

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    Welcome from a fellow Minnesotan.

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    Seppish1:
    Since DIY has been covered I'll just welcome to HF from Bama and tell you to check out the Newby Vids (10 of them) that Shug put together...........you know he is funny and very knowledgable and does a great job covering hammock camping as a whole with these vids.
    Par Si Vis Pace Para Bellum

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    Shug huh? Always to blame !! Welcome to HF madness!
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    Senior Member chickenwing's Avatar
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    Still not a hanger
    Great Googley Moogley man!!!! What are you waiting for?

    No really, welcome to the forum.
    and then

    Check out my website www.cwhammocks.com or Find me on the YouTubes
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