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    Is the bug net a necessity? Or can one do without it?

    I'm debating on which hammock to buy for my first. I slept in an eno and loved it, but I'm wondering about buying the whole set (double with everything; bugnet, dryfly, straps and hammock), or just getting the hammock and dryfly.

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    If you plan on using it in warm weather, a bugnet is necessary IMO. Even in winter, I find hammocks with integrated bugnets to be a little wamer inside and it helps keep your sleeping gear in.
    If you plan on backpacking, there are lighter weight tarps and bugnets than the ENO ones. Definitely stay away from their straps as they stretch. Its tempting to just get all the gear from ENO for convenience and its fine gear if you are not weight conscious. I, like many others went that route before I discovered this place but have since sold everything but the hammock. There are a lot of choices out there. Look around a bit before you buy
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    Agreed. If you are going to use in a warm climate get a bugnet or you'll regret it.

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    Thanks guys, it does get a bit "buggy" on TN summer evenings.

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    The ENO tarps are a subject of much debate. IIRC the "dry fly" is considered fine for fair weather but functions best as a dry fly. Personally I would opt for a different tarp. The straps are considered to be worse than useless by many folks here. There are a few who like them. By all means if you are in bug country you will want something to keep the skeeters off you at night. The ENO netting seems to be passable but is generally considered heavy. There are other options out there for separate netting as well.

    The ENO double seems to be very well received by those who have them.
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    I always have a bug net! That being said, the shelters on the AT don't have bug protection, & people survive using them. It would save a bit of weight & space in your pack.
    Yet another reason I don't stay in AT shelters, but it can be done.
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    yep, unless you just like slapping yourself all night

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    Welcome Fellow Tennessean!

    I have the DN and the matching Bug Net. I liked it until I found a net with a horizontal zipper. The vertical zipper in the ENO net is a little tricky to get in & out of and it wont stay open. Warbonet & Wilderness Logics sell a much lighter net with a horizontal zipper that allows you to have open all the way for those times you want to set or lay in your hammock and be free of the net on one side.
    The ENO straps in my opinion are lacking in adjustment by locking you into the pre-sewn loops. And they stretch too much meaning you slowly sink to the ground.
    I have no experienced with ENO tarps, they just looked too small to me in the first place. If I may suggest...Wilderness Logics has good deals on tarps and if you want to take a look at their hammocks they come with straps included and the Whoopie Sling mod already done, a savings! Which most people wind up doing anyway on an ENO to get rid of those sharp & heavy beaners.
    I still have my ENO and I like it but completely changed the suspension to make it lighter & easier to adjust. Just my .2 cents.
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    We as an owner of an ENO SN with an ENO bug net
    And the Pro Fly and ALSO use the the (Slap straps)
    And as a guy that is 5'9" and #240 lbs
    The slap straps do not stretch that much really
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    Good to hear on the straps! I planned on buying the bag that had everything in it...(net, fly, straps...etc). Eventually, i'll end up with a mamba jamba tarp.

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