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    Bug netting: up ways or down ways?

    I know for most of you guys summer is still a ways away and bugs are far from your mind- but here it's hot, there are biting insects possible all year round, and I need to make a new bug netting (from Tulle or similar- my current net isn't fantastic and weighs quarter of a kilo) and I'm debating on the design (which is why I'm putting this here, in the bug net etc forum.).

    Should I go for a TED, or a Fronkey?

    Both are simple shock cord mechanisms, it's just that the Top Entry Detachable (TED) bug net is top entry and has two shock cord lengths (and a top cap) and the Fronkey is one loop of shock cord.

    The Fronkey you enter from the bottom, the TED from the top.

    The Fronkey doesn't look as detachable, but the TED has the extra cap to sew.

    What are your thoughts? I seek the advice of people who have used hammock bug nets more than I have- which is probably everyone on this forum!

    I am a short person with short arms, so am not considering a bug sock at this time.
    Last edited by titanium_hiker; 01-29-2012 at 19:13. Reason: added info about bug sock
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    I recently made a TED bugnet and used it at the Florida hang earlier this month.
    I can't imagine a better system. It worked flawlessly for bug protection and was a piece of cake to operate. These days I'm up several times per night and even half asleep, I didn't even have to think about what I was doing.
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    Having made and used several designs of bugnets, including a bugsock (not for short armed claustrophobic people) and a TED, I prefer the TED for myself and my kids. It's easy to get in/out of. When I redo my nets for the upcoming bug season, I'm going to modify my TED so that there is only one flap. The ridge cap has been a bit problematic for me. Somewhere there is a thread where McEntyre did a variation of the TED with just one flap.

    I haven't tried the Fronkey, so I can't speak to that.

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    Definitely the Fronkey net. I made one and love it. The other one I have seen in action, and just seems like too much fiddle factor. The Fronkey net I made is also easily detachable. I just slip the suspension back through one side and store the net at the foot end in the sack. I would not recommend tulle. I made mine out of that and it is very easy to tear. I will be doing another one out of noseeum netting.
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    Honestly, I think it's all about preference and you can't go wrong with either one.

    I have read some awesome reviews about the Ted version and a lot of people love it.

    I personally like the bottom entry though because I have the option of grabbing stuff off the ground without having to worry about bugs getting in.

    I'm not even sure if this is an issue with the TED because I've never used one. I'm sure someone will chime in to confirm.

    Fronkey

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    Judging by your signature titanium hiker... I'd probably go with the bug net that weighs the least. Seems both bug nets will be just fine at keeping out the flying insects.
    "If you give a monkey a gun and he shoots someone, you dont blame the monkey"

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    Good answer, Raul Perez! I'm thinking the Fronkey (also the Mirage, featured on tothewoods.net (Just Jeff's site)) is looking like the lighter candidate.
    my hammock gear weights total: 2430g (~86oz)
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    If you want light...this open bottom bug net weighs 72gr.

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    Re the TED "cap"
    I havent made one yet, but when I do I plan to be cap free.
    My plan is to have an 18" flap the length of the TED's ridgeline.
    This flap will just flap over the other side to seal.

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