As bacon-grease said, you can also get into a bit of trouble with your wife. They get around to trying out the NX250, decide that they like it, and next thing you know they want one as well. Just now she is looking over the Vertex model so she can come along with me. Up front they do look too expensive, but looking back I am totally happy with mine.
I sure hope you guys are right, I just ordered my first hammock, the nx-250, and I can't wait till it arrives... I even had permission from my wife first
DemostiX nails it again
I have to read more of your posts, I think you should be promoted to Wise Old Owl Status.
Whether trail or paddle don't you know
My hammock is the way to go
There peace and solitude I find
To ease all troubles from my mind
Both body and soul revel in delight
As day surrenders to inky night
I hope so....
I'm hoping its worth the $$$$, because I ordered one last week. I have always found, you get what you pay for in gear... I have 6 tents & 4 different style & brand sleeping pads... all for trying to sleep good at night & feel good in the morning... after sleeping a few hours in my Eno, I was hooked on the hanging theory.
I never thought about breaking it down, like mentioned above, but it makes it logical to me.
Demo makes a convincing argument.
I also have a 250, and it is the berries when conditions are foul. I tend to gravitate to a Warbonnet BlackBird in the summer, but I love the 250 in fall/winter/spring conditions.
You've made the best of it. A preference to be more like an expensively- plated fillet of dover sole then.
Originally Posted by bacon_grease
I have in mind that after spending all those $ on an expensive sleeping bag AND tent, AND footprint AND $25 pads AND $75 pads AND still not getting much rest because those pads either outright failed, or failed to provide sufficient cushioning or were too heavy, or too cold, or too narrow, or too short, the tent camper finally spends Clark NX- like dollars for the latest portable mattress. Which may still include come with instructions on how to be comfortable all night on a 20" wide mattress on the ground.
I give attention to these pads, because their presence in the market points out that a bag and a tent are not enough for many folks to be comfortable, much as they thought to get by cheaper.
There is a thread or sticky on hammock camping self-put-together packages at many price levels, suggested by HF members.
No danger of her wanting a Vertex. She likes the separation between her ears and my snoring!
Originally Posted by old4hats
You asked permission? WOW.
Originally Posted by Guyturf
I've always held the philosophy it's better to beg forgiveness than ask permission!
Oh, heck, I'm in the cheap hammock - the NX-200 - so I'm just a plate of catfish nuggets.
Originally Posted by DemostiX
SWMBO is the dover sole with the high dollar hammock
We've all bought something cheap hoping for the best and sometimes it pays off but most of the time we spend two or three times the cost of the "too expensive" option... but that's a good thing. Imagine how many of our favorite camping outlets would go belly up if we bought the right thing the first time!
Originally Posted by DemostiX
I'm reminded of an overnight last Thanksgiving with a ground dweller. He had a Coleman air mattress in his tent. Not a self inflating air pad, a full size air mattress like the queen size I carry in the back of my van for sleeping. As I watched him inflate that monster with the battery pump - from the comfort of my 'borrowed' NX-250 - all I could think of was "Man, I hope those batteries hold up... he'll want to use my tire pump if they don't"
All told, his gear cost more than I had in my set up - it weighed well more than double - it took six or seven times longer to set up - it took up five times the space in the saddlebags. And, somehow, I still slept better / warmer than he did that night.