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    Exclamation Bugs!!

    Bugs are everywhere down here in the Bayou. Right now I'm fully equipped with bug protection with the ENO Guardian Bug Net. I have an ENO Doublenest hammock and that gives me a little bit of protection as well. I'm looking for something that is a little less restricting (the bug net just seems to get in the way.) During the summers down here it does get hot, so I won't be curled up in my sleeping bag. So getting in my sleeping bag and wearing a head net is out of the question. Any advice on what would be easier?
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    Sounds like a stupid question, but do you have a ridge line on your hammock? If the net is draping in your face this might be the solution to your problem. The only issues I have with my guardian is the fact it's heavy, and breathes about as well as a nylon sock would. If all else fails, get a bias buginator or DIY a fronkey net. Both are wonderful options for bug protection.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fish<>< View Post
    Sounds like a stupid question, but do you have a ridge line on your hammock? If the net is draping in your face this might be the solution to your problem. The only issues I have with my guardian is the fact it's heavy, and breathes about as well as a nylon sock would. If all else fails, get a bias buginator or DIY a fronkey net. Both are wonderful options for bug protection.
    Yes I do have the ridgeline and I set it up fairly high as well. I think my biggest concern was that it is heavy and doesn't breathe very well. More than anything I'm looking for a way to keep my backpack off the ground and the bugnet kind of gets in the way (trying to figure out how to get my pack off the ground without a gear hammock and make it stay dry.) I'm thinking about purchasing a Hennessy Hammock so the bugnet doesn't get in the way. Plus I like the idea of having an all in one system.

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    Re: Bugs!!

    I just wrap a rope around the tree and hang my pack from it... Another option is to hang it off the head or foot end of the hammock suspension somewhere...

    How does the net get in the way?

    Do you use a fan? Even just a small amount of air movement in a hot muggy night makes a hug difference for me...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brute1100 View Post
    I just wrap a rope around the tree and hang my pack from it... Another option is to hang it off the head or foot end of the hammock suspension somewhere...

    How does the net get in the way?

    Do you use a fan? Even just a small amount of air movement in a hot muggy night makes a hug difference for me...
    Well basically whenever I hang it from the end of my suspension (say at the head or foot) it is in danger of getting wet from rain seeing as though it might become the new drip string or ring lol. I could put my gear in some type of water proof bag inside of my backpack (trash compactor bag...etc.) I have a Gregory Baltoro 65 bag, would it be okay hanging in a tree during the rain? Just don't want to ruin my gear.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jaker View Post
    Well basically whenever I hang it from the end of my suspension (say at the head or foot) it is in danger of getting wet from rain seeing as though it might become the new drip string or ring lol. I could put my gear in some type of water proof bag inside of my backpack (trash compactor bag...etc.) I have a Gregory Baltoro 65 bag, would it be okay hanging in a tree during the rain? Just don't want to ruin my gear.
    It looks like you've got two issues that are occurring here. One is that you're worried about your pack getting wet and the other is that you're worried about the rest of your gear getting wet.

    The first one is probably a non-starter. Think about how wet your pack gets from you sweating into it during an hot day. Is the rain going to make it that much wetter?

    The second can be addressed through various methods. What are you carrying that matters if it gets wet? The gear that I have along on my trips goes in one of four places: food and cook gear gets bear bagged and hung away from my campsite (in a water-resistant bag), shelter stuff is underneath the tarp and off of the ground (so it's dry), backpack and day pack (odd backpack design) get hung from my suspension (and it doesn't matter if they get wet, anyway), and everything else goes either in the hammock with me (if I'm going to need it or it looks like rain) or in a water resistant bag on the ground directly underneath the hammock (if things look dry). If I bring extra clothing (I don't always), it goes into my blackbishop bag on my suspension. I've pared my gear down to the point where "everything else" is my camera, phone, ditty bag, and any maps I've taken. It helps simplify things at the end of the day.

    If you're taking enough gear that some of it needs to remain in the bag, then, yes, a water-proof bag inside the pack will keep it dry. And your pack is going to get wet, from sweat if nothing else, so don't worry too much about that.

    Hope it helps!
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    I'm thinking that a hammock with a built in bug screen would do you real well. Many of them have the net built so that it can be rolled up and tied back if you don't want it.

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    What absolutely can't get wet, underwear, socks, electronics etc., goes in a small dry sack or heavy duty ziplock. Rope around the tree, hang my pack, cover with pack cover or garbage bag with tiny hole for the rope to go through. Not sexy but it works. I camp in South LA, Mosquito Alley. I always use my bug net, so I removed the hooks on my ENO guardian and put the net over my SRL. I too like space between me and bug net. I use a bishop bag for my hammock, bug net and suspension.
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    Dry sacks, and/or gear hammock, or can you hang on your tarp ridgeline, yes trash compactor bag will work. Not much you can do about air circulation with any full bugnet, they are hot, but the protection they provide is superior. Some of us use little, battery hand held fans that we hang from a ridgeline to circulate the air. Surprising how well they work in that confined space. And finally, as mentioned, permithrin treating for the extra protection, especially where you are located.

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