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    I'm shorter than everyone here, but I made my hammock 9'6" end to end which brings it down to about 8'10" in usable length. Its perfect for me, and it doesn't feel as claustrophobic as my skeeter better pro which is 10'6" i believe....

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    Quote Originally Posted by S3ymour View Post
    I'm shorter than everyone here, but I made my hammock 9'6" end to end which brings it down to about 8'10" in usable length. Its perfect for me, and it doesn't feel as claustrophobic as my skeeter better pro which is 10'6" i believe....
    That's interesting. I've got a Skeeter Beater Pro, have been doing some hanging in it, so I know what it's like. Are you pulling the netting up and out of the hammock? I can see how it would seem closed in if you don't---there's an awful lot of bugnet and an awful lot of side that otherwise flops in on you. Do you hang it tight and flat, or with a lot of sag..?

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    Grizz, how do you hang your SB Pro? I have to have IMO a tremendous amount of sag to use mine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jeffjenn View Post
    Grizz, how do you hang your SB Pro? I have to have IMO a tremendous amount of sag to use mine.
    I have had only afternoon snoozes, both high and tight, and low and loose. Believe I like the low and loose better, but it makes dealing with the bugnet a little more complicated. I just put an interior ridgeline on mine to see how that goes, but haven't had a chance to try it out yet. I've been 2000 miles away from my hammocks this week and I can hearing them crying out to me. I'd hang one in the Hampton Inn if I could figure out how...

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    Quote Originally Posted by GrizzlyAdams View Post
    I have had only afternoon snoozes, both high and tight, and low and loose. Believe I like the low and loose better, but it makes dealing with the bugnet a little more complicated. I just put an interior ridgeline on mine to see how that goes, but haven't had a chance to try it out yet. I've been 2000 miles away from my hammocks this week and I can hearing them crying out to me. I'd hang one in the Hampton Inn if I could figure out how...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Poet View Post
    Whoa. So you guys are dismissing with the usual type of sleeping bag and self-inflating pad, then.
    many use ccf foam pads. the thing is, especially when it's cold, you will need a pad to come up and protect your shoulders as the hammock will compress your sleeping bag there, so you will use a pad that is wider than most backpacking inflatables, depending on the person's size and the season, you may want a 25-30" wide pad. you can probably find an inflatable that wide, but many find an inflatable a little strange feeling in a hammock. most that use them leave them only about 1/2 inflated. closed cell foam (ccf) pads come in wider pieces which you can cut to size and are lighter but less compressible. another pad option is the spe, which is a sleeve that holds a narrower main pad and then has "wings" that hold smaller pads that provide extra width at the shoulders and hips. both tend to "buckle at the hips". if using a double layer hammock, you can pretty much use either kind, (ccf or inflatable) between the layers without much ill effect.

    using a sleeping bag in the normal way in a hammock can be a wrestling match. and since your pad or underquilt comes up the sides of your shoulders, hammocks are especially suited to using your sleeping bag as a top quilt, just leave the footbox zipped up to your calves/knees and use the rest as a blanket and simply tuck it in around your sides and shoulders. an opened sleeping bag is more than wide enough when used this way, so people save weight by going with a more narrow top quilt without a zipper and just a short closure of some kind up to the knees.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GrizzlyAdams View Post
    I have had only afternoon snoozes, both high and tight, and low and loose. Believe I like the low and loose better, but it makes dealing with the bugnet a little more complicated. I just put an interior ridgeline on mine to see how that goes, but haven't had a chance to try it out yet. I've been 2000 miles away from my hammocks this week and I can hearing them crying out to me. I'd hang one in the Hampton Inn if I could figure out how...

    Grizz
    I hung my hammock from my truck to the fence that went around the parking lot when I was in a hotel in texas for a month. should have seen the looks

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    Cannibal has told the tale of hanging at a hotel-resort, out on the golf course. Had to dodge groundsmen, gators, and 6 a.m. tee-offs.

    I think there was a "strangest place I've ever hung" thread going once. Might need to find and bump it.

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