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    Hammock Noob Needing Help

    Hello Everyone,
    Will here, and I need hammock help. I know absolutely nothing about hammocks so I need to know what hammock I should start out with. I have my eye on Kammok, but I haven't seen any mention of them on here at all so I'm not sure about those. I've heard a lot about Eno and a few others, but I have no real reason to pick one over the other. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    Will

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    Hello Will. What is your intended use for the hammock? Car camping, Backpacking, Canoeing, Backyard lounging? That would help guide any advice.

    ENO's are the most popular hammock that people start with probably due to market exsposure. The Double Nest is a great lounging hammock. I use mine in the back yard as well as car camping. In terms of camping hammocks, there are many choices so tell us what you are looking for.
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    Going by your other post I see that you're a scout, so I hardily recommend starting out the DIY route. Get yourself a 10 foot section of Rip Stop Nylon from your local sewing store, ask your mom or grandmom, or den mother, or Home Ec Teacher, or cute girl that has taken Home Ec, or whoever else you know that knows how to sew to help you hem the edges. A quick overhand knot (half-hitch) on each end and larks head long bit of webbing (polyproplene ratchet strap from walmart work well) and tie the other end around your trees. Viola! You're now hanging high and enjoying blissful rest above the ground.

    You say you know nothing, well if you haven't already check out Shug's Hammock How-To for Noobs on youtube.
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    Take Your Time

    Take some time reading the threads here on HF. Keep asking questions, but also learn how to use the search function. It's not that people don't want to answer your question, but more than likely, it's been asked a number of times.

    There use to be only 3 main players in Hammocks. Speer, Hennessy & Clark. Now, they're every where, and they're very easy to make as well. However, there are big differences in them. The material, how long, how much weight it will hold, super lite with just the basics, to a hammock with everything.

    As Bubba said, the more we know what you'll be using it for, and who you are helps us as well.


    As far as the Kammok goes, I don't have any experience with it. I've read their information on their hammocks and it seems to be a quality hammock. I would look at either a Hennessy Hammock or a Warbonnet for starters and go from there.

    And welcome.

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    The kammock is similar to the grand trunk ultra light hammock... Which is where I started... They are decent hammocks but not the most comfortable because they are shorter and narrower than a lot of other options... The table cloth hammocks are cheap enough to make... For about $25 you can be hanging by making your own suspension either whoopies or UCRs... And buy some ratchet straps from Walmart and use the straps for tree straps...
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    If a bug net is not necessary DIY is the way to go.

    If a bug net is necessary, the grand trunk skeeter beater on amazon for less than $50 is a great starter hammock.

    Unless you are a large 13 year old it should have ample room. They are also well built to stand up to some abuse. When my son was 10 he flipped over and was supported by the bug net without damaging the hammock.

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    +1 for the skeeter beater if you'er 5 1/2 ft or less, if not go pro. Also check this out for DIY, it was my first.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AJlEQpcbM1I
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    I always appreciate good young men/scouts taking the initiative to visit sites like this and to start hammocking!

    If you decide to make one yourself, I'd be happy to donate some fabric to your cause. I have a bunch of camo-pattern ripstop on sale over at this thread:
    http://www.hammockforums.net/forum/s...ad.php?t=67979

    If you want to make your own, I'll send you 4 yards for free. Send me a PM if you're interested.
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    Check out Shugs Hammocking for Noobs crash course on youtube for all yer general hammock info:

    http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLB8752777861C2AA8

    also how to make your own gathered end hammock by Knotty:

    http://www.hammockforums.net/forum/s...ad.php?t=15205
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    Thanks to everyone who replied to this topic. I love getting feedback on things. I don't think I'm going to go the D.I.Y. route, so thanks breyman for the donation but I wont be needing it for the time. To everyone else, I am 6 foot 2, 200 pounds so Im a pretty big guy. Id be using it for backpacking, car camping, general scout camping. I hope that information may help you out. So, any other suggestions/tips? Id like some more in depth input on some of the hammocks you've recommended.

    Will

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