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    Senior Member Buffalo Skipper's Avatar
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    What to expect with a Traveler...

    I have had my sights set on a Traveler for nearly a year now. I want it as a winter hammock; in temps below 50º, I don't need the bugnet, which traps the condensation from my breath, and I wake up damp.

    My only experience sleeping in an "open" hammock is in my old Skeeter Beeter, flipped over with the bug net underneath. In fact, I kind of like the open feel of this. I intend to order one next week (after Isaac passes), and I hope to use it on my AT Section hike at the end of September.

    So I am looking for any information on the Traveler. What should I expect? How is this different from an upside-down Skeeter Beeter? How will my under quilts fit? Compared to the SB, the Traveler is 6" shorter and 6" wider. I know how comfortable the WBBB is as compared to the SB, but the Blackbird has a footbox and the Traveler does not.

    Any accounts of the Traveler is welcome information.
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    Senior Member bear bag hanger's Avatar
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    I have a double layer traveler and find it very nice. It's primary advantage over the WBBB is the light weight. The biggest problem I had with it is my feet tend to fall out of it down to my knees. I think it's just my strange sleeping positions, plus I toss and turn a lot. I notice I have this problem with any small gathered end hammock. I've never tried a Skeeter Beeter, but have used other hammocks with the bug net folded below. The biggest problem is simply they weight a lot more than a traveler does.

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    I have a sl traveler. Have used it with yeti UQ fits good no fiddling. The foot box of the quilt tends to hang over the side.. a knotty mod can fix that. Otherwise expect comfort :-)

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    have you looked at the BIAS hammocks yet??
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    Senior Member Buffalo Skipper's Avatar
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    Question The age old question: 1.7 Single or 1.1 Double?

    That is the ultimate question to meaning of live, the universe and everything.

    But seriously. I am a gram weenie. I weigh 190 lbs (6'1"), and I don't use a pad, only underquilts. Will I find the 1.7 single to be comfortable? The savings of 3 oz is significant for me, as I will be using it during winter when I have my heavier quilts.

    Pray tell, your experiences....
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    I am 6' and 165 dry weight,,and the 1.7 traveler for me was too short. I never could find a sweet spot period and slept in it for about 3 months inside and out before giving up and going to a 11' snipe hammock of WL. I still have it and have tried it out a couple more times and it just is too uncomfy,,but alot of guys love it and find their sweet spot. I did a knotty mod on the sides for head/foot area to take the slack out of the sides as yepp..the TQ kept working over the side of the foot area every now and then. It is a well built hammock and really lite weight when you swap out the straps for whoopies tho.

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    I am 5'9" and 180 and the single 1.1 works great for me. I use quilts also. In fact I have gone through many hammocks, Hennessys, Blackbird and others. I now have my system dialed in perfect for me with my Traveler. I use it year round. I have a DIY HUG for bug season that weighs 2.7 oz and works great. My traveler with a lighter ridgeline and dynaglide whoopies weighs 7.7 oz.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buffalo Skipper View Post
    That is the ultimate question to meaning of live, the universe and everything.

    But seriously. I am a gram weenie. I weigh 190 lbs (6'1"), and I don't use a pad, only underquilts. Will I find the 1.7 single to be comfortable? The savings of 3 oz is significant for me, as I will be using it during winter when I have my heavier quilts.

    Pray tell, your experiences....
    What to expect from the traveler is complete awesomeness . However As to your specific question I weight 210 am apx. 6ft and have the 1.7 single and the 1.1 dbl and prefer the 1.1 dbl over the 1.7 single. In both hammocks I find that I have plenty of room and do not feel confined at all. Very roomy and very comfy. The reason I like the 1.1 dbl over the 1.7 single is that I find it to be more comfy due to less stretch. But I think I am bias because I have used several single and dlb hammocks and have always preferred a dbl over single due to less stretch IMHO. But yes the 3oz's does make a big difference when counting grams which is why I have both
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    I love my 1.7 SL Taveler in the winter and I like the stretch, however, when I'm in a Blackbird I don't prefer that. I have a 1.7 SL, a 1.1 DL and a 1.0 DL. Usually always grab the 1.0 DL BB and take the two oz.

    My Traveler with dynaglide whoopies is around 11 oz.
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    Buffalo Skipper would also like to know whether users found the double 1.1 warmer against wind than the single 1.7.

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