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    Suggest a hammock for a tall skinny noob

    I'm 6'4 and about 180lb and looking for a hammock setup. I'm sure this probably gets asked a million times, but the amount of options is a bit overwhelming for me...

    I've looked at the hennessy explorer and the eno dn. I think I'd really like the mosquito netting built in, so that rules out the eno. What other options are there for a tall person?

    Also how easy is it to modify the hammock with whoopie slings? From the videos I've watched this seems like a great system.

    I want something that will last, I'm hoping that I like the hammock enough to use it everyday.

    Thanks for any suggestions

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    Welcome to the forum!

    Given your specs, I think the most critical feature is going to be hammock length. I would recommend looking only at 11' long hammocks.

    I'm not saying that you couldn't find comfort in a shorter hammock, but limiting your search to longer ones will greatly improve your odds and simplify the search.

    For features, decide whether or not you need a bugnet most of the time. A separate bugnet gives you the option to leave it at home. Will you use a pad or go straight to underquilt? Go with a double layer 1.1 if you'll be using a pad.

    Are you a car camper or high mileage backpacker? If backpacking, the weight should be a significant factor in your choice.

    Good luck with your search!
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    At 6'2" I recommend a longer hammock. Reason why is the banana shape. The shorter the hammock relative to the person in it, the more the curve. The goal in a camping hammock is to lie as flat as possible. Even with a wider hammock you will still be curved even if it is 90" wide. The length is where the comfort is.

    Whoopie slings are all the rage. While there are methods out there that get close; no other suspension system can weigh as little as the whoopie sling. If you are backpacking this is the system you will want to use. I am still sleeping on my first set of whoopies (dynaglide) and they are still holding up strong over a year later. (I weigh 180 as well)

    My favorite hammock is my DIY 1.9 single layer hammock. All of my gear that I favorite is DIY. Why? I believe it's because I spent so long trying to perfect it for myself.

    I personally dislike built in bugnets for the sheer fact that skeeters can still bite through the bottom. Convenient, yes, until morning when you try to figure out how to get cortizone on those areas of your back you can't reach. The only thing I have to say though, is i found some tulle at the store today, and my next hammock will have a built in bugnet, as a loaner. good luck, and welcome to the forums from Guam

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    Think of an 8 hour airline flight. Would you be more comfortable in coach or first class? After hiking all day I enjoy the length of the HH Deep Jugle XL or Explorer UL. I've modified both with whoopies, it's an easy task. Just take your time.

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    defiantly check out an 11'er. my personal preference are the Owls by Wilderness Logics.
    they where designed for the 6'4" frame to be able to stretch out in comfort.
    their quilts are are also sized accordingly.
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    I am 6'4" as well and I got my Dangerbird 72 yesterday. This hammock is amazing and includes everything a noob(I am still learning!) needs. Its super long and wide with tie outs to make it wider. Fitting the full length underquilt was a challenge as last night was quite cold but after some mitten hook attachments its all snug and toasty now. It not only has a built in mosquito net that you can zip down but a overcover(for wind protection and makes it a bit warmer)! The whoopie slings are a breeze, just look up shug's first noob video which uses a marlin spike hitch. If ya want I can make a video and show ya everything. Best of luck

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    I'm 6'4"--------230 lbs. Heres my experiences---I dont fit in a Hennesy, I dont fit in a speer, or other gatherd end hammocks,---I fit, but they are just not very comfortable for me (never tried a danger bird or a black bird) The Claytor no net can be pretty comfortable when set up right. Lots of hammocks out there I havnt tried, but for me the grizz bridge is by far the most comfortable hammock Ive ever spent a night in. In fact, I need to make another one this winter---made the "mistake" of letting my 15 year old son (whose just as tall as me) try it----he loves it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by okaddaji View Post
    I'm 6'4 and about 180lb and looking for a hammock setup. I'm sure this probably gets asked a million times, but the amount of options is a bit overwhelming for me...

    I've looked at the hennessy explorer and the eno dn. I think I'd really like the mosquito netting built in, so that rules out the eno. What other options are there for a tall person?

    Also how easy is it to modify the hammock with whoopie slings? From the videos I've watched this seems like a great system.

    I want something that will last, I'm hoping that I like the hammock enough to use it everyday.

    Thanks for any suggestions
    Okaddaji,
    Another hammock I would probably look at is from Dream Hammock called the Dangerbird 72

    It is an 11' hammock which at 6'4" is probably a smart idea, has a built in bug net which can be unzipped and rolled out of the way into the end when not needed. The single layer would be more then enough for your weight but a double layer should remove the underside mosquito problem and makes a good compartment for a pad. You can order them with ether cinch buckle or whoopie slings. I personally like the cinch buckle for ease of use but have whoopies on several hammocks as well and sure dont dislike them at all

    huauqui

    Sorry looks like this has already been suggested, I wrote this and got called away from the desk came back and posted without looking and seeing it had been suggested. Will leave it for my two cents worth. Hope you find what works for you.
    Last edited by huauqui; 09-29-2012 at 12:40. Reason: Way slow

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    Thanks for all the suggestions. It really helps narrow down the possibilities.

    I think I like the Hennessy explorer ultralight and the dangerbird 72 the most at the moment. Benefit of the dangerbird I can order it with whoopie slings. If I go with the hennessy is dutchware the best place to get them?

    Is there a good time to buy? I think I read somewhere that hennessy have an annual sale round this time of year, is that right?

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    Is there a good time to buy? I think I read somewhere that hennessy have an annual sale round this time of year, is that right?
    I believe I have read that black friday brings in good deals from Hennessy, maybe just sometime in October.

    Don't you dare rule out the Dangerbird tho

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