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    First Impressions: Exped Ergo Hammock Combi

    I received a package from Chet Cisek, Expeds midwestern states sales rep.
    It had there new Ergo Hammock Combi in the box.
    I've done business with Exped since 2003 and have spent many night using there
    Scout hammock and Scout Hammock Combi over the years.
    I'm a four season hanger and always been very happy with there gear.

    Yesterday I had a chance to look at it and set it up. I know they have been working on this project for a number of years.
    You can see the large amount of Swiss engineering that has gone in to the total desighn.
    The detail of how it all works and comes together is truly impressive piece of engineering.

    It's a total package, tarp 1lb 8 oz, hammock 1lb 13oz, suspension 7 oz and stuff sack 1 oz= 3 lbs 14 oz.
    That includes 6 xtra long reflective 2mm dyneema tarp lines and tension locks for the tarp with minibiners.

    The hammock can be hung between trees as close as 7 ft or as far as 15 ft plus.
    The side suspension lines have snake skins and carbineers to attche to tree line suspension.
    They have a rubber gasket on the carabineers to prevent water from running down side lines.
    You lay asymmetric to the tree atachments points for easy in, easy out.
    The no-se'em netting can be zipped away and stored in a bag attached to the hammock.
    There is two gear pouches in the hammock and a little biner to hang a light from the netting suspension.
    It has a double bottom for a pad up to 26" x 74", works best with pad. Elimintes need for under quilt.
    It is truly a flat lay with no shoulder pressure or side lay only sleeping hammock.
    It is a very easy in and out once one knows how. Very nice for just setting.
    It's very stable, one feels very secure and no fear of tipping out.
    The tarp is a master piece as far as design, detail, numerous adjustment points it has to set up in any number of configuerations to allow complete protection from the weather for cooking. There is even room for a friend to vist.

    What I find for myself as short comings is that I like to shift postion in a hammock and with this one is pretty much flat in the middle.
    I also like to to use the Peapod method for insulation.
    I have slept out at -25 with good luck. It wouldn't work with this system.
    Being 6 ft 1 in I wish it was at least 8 inchs longer. As much of what they make it is more towards a europeing size then a USA. I think anyone taller then 5" 9" may find it on the short size for length. But then again maybe before they go into large producation they will add length to the hammock ?

    All and all I think it's a very well made product. If you like a good flat stable sleeping postion with easy in and out.
    With a sugested retail of $ 340.00USD for a total package (hammock,tarp and suspension) this may be worth checking out.
    It will be avaible March of 2012.

    I should have in depth video in one to two weeks.

    Have this short video now on youtube, I have a slow upload time where I live so please excuse the low reseloution.

    www.youtube.com/watch?v=VaJmnGk6MHk

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    Thanks for the review Fourdog. Sweetie watched your video with me and now really wants to find one to check it out. Thanks.

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    What an innovative design. Love it.

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    Pretty cool. Too bad it's so short. And too bad WV isn't getting royalties.

    What would you estimate the angle of lay is relative to the ridge line between the two trees?
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    That is most interesting. I heard it wouldn't be for sale until Spring 2012?

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    Good detailed review, FourDog - thanks!
    What gives it lengthwise stiffness when it's not occupied? It looks like there is some sort of padding or insulation under the foot end that pushes it out enough so that it doesn't fold up when you get out (inflatable tubes?), or is it just the geometry of the fabric and lines? Good video, too - no apologies needed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Knotty View Post
    Pretty cool. Too bad it's so short. And too bad WV isn't getting royalties.
    Not my idea, so I don't begrudge them their profits.

    Quote Originally Posted by Knotty View Post
    What would you estimate the angle of lay is relative to the ridge line between the two trees?
    Excellent question! I had assumed from earlier announcements of this hammock that it was a true 90 angle, but it appears not, and that may be the answer to my question about what keeps the foot end extended.

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    Looks like it has a pad inside. My guess is inflatable judging by the thickness.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Knotty View Post
    What would you estimate the angle of lay is relative to the ridge line between the two trees?
    I would say about 45% or looking down from above your head would be at 10:30 your feet at 4:30. The angle from tree to hammock is also abour 45%.

    Quote Originally Posted by Joe Cross View Post
    That is most interesting. I heard it wouldn't be for sale until Spring 2012?
    Your right as stated in the review it's not avaiable intill March 2012. Chet knows I do alot of hammock camping so he asked for my feed back.

    Quote Originally Posted by WV View Post
    Good detailed review, FourDog - thanks!
    What gives it lengthwise stiffness when it's not occupied? It looks like there is some sort of padding or insulation under the foot end that pushes it out enough so that it doesn't fold up when you get out (inflatable tubes?), or is it just the geometry of the fabric and lines? Good video, too - no apologies needed.
    It's desighed to work best with a pad and I would say a inflatable woud be best and has the sleeve for that. It can be used without a pad but as you stated it will fold up when you get out. The advantage would be that you would not need a under quilt. Thanks on the video.

    Quote Originally Posted by Knotty View Post
    Looks like it has a pad inside. My guess is inflatable judging by the thickness.
    Your right it was a inflatable an Exped DownMat 7, 26 " wide x 77,5" long x
    2,8 " thick.

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    I'm with Knotty, too bad its on the short side right now. At 6-4 I hope they come out with a longer version. That thing looks pretty nice. Thanks for sharing fourdog, and I enjoyed the video.

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