Please, no brand discussion in this thread! All that does is cause arguments.
I started this thread in order to better understand why so much emphasis is placed on sleeping flat in a hammock.
From lying at angles, to hammocks that are designed for this purpose, the recurring mantra seems to be…”oh, but you can lay flatter in these hammocks if you do this, or do that, or buy this type or brand. In some cases, this is one of the big selling points.
This is all puzzling to me as I’ve been hammock camping for longer than it has been the “popular” thing to do and yet, I’ve never seen lying in a hammock that doesn’t lay flat as a major deficit. In fact I find that just the opposite is true. Laying in a hammock with a bit of a curve to it is far more comfy as it gives me the feeling of laying back in a recliner. It’s easier to read, look around, and get in and out of, not to mention fall asleep in and other advantages, or at least it seems this way to me.
I understand that some health issues make laying flat a necessity, but other than this issue, I don’t get it.
I enjoyed hammock camping so much, that I was even working on a hammock website like this one before it was up and running. But someone kept attacking it when it was almost complete, so I gave up. I’m mentioning this the for the sake of the discussion only as it gives you an understanding of just how dedicated I am to hammocking.
I got my friends hooked on hammock camping and never heard anyone complain about not being able to lay flat in one so I guess this is why I don’t understand all of the hoopla about it. Sometimes I can’t help wonder if most of it’s because “it’s the thing to do and say”, but then this all just my opinion.
So, that being said, which type do you prefer and why?
Thank you friends!